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Evonik holds groundbreaking ceremony for new polyamide 12 powder plant

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Evonik Industries has officially broken ground in Marl for construction of a new production plant for specialty polyamide 12 (PA12) powders.

Evonik holds groundbreaking ceremony for new polyamide 12 powder plant in Marl. Source: Evonik

Evonik holds groundbreaking ceremony for new polyamide 12 powder plant in Marl. Source: Evonik

The specialty chemicals company will thus increase annual capacity for its "Vestosint” brand of PA12 powders by 50 percent. The amount invested lies in the mid-double-digit million euro range. The new plant is scheduled to come on stream at the end of 2017. 

Consolidating the leading position

Dr Ralph Sven Kaufmann, Chief Operating Officer of Evonik, says: "Organic growth is an essential cornerstone of our long-term growth strategy, which is why we’re continually investing in new capacities and innovative products. With the Marl investment we’re also further consolidating our leading position as a supplier of polyamide 12 based high-performance polymers.”

Strong potential for growth

Dr. Claus Rettig, Chairman of the Management Board of Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH, says: "Our polyamide 12 powders are targeted at highly attractive markets such as the coatings industry and additive manufacturing. We see strong potential for growth here. New production capacities in Marl will enable us to service the growing demand for specialty high-performance polymers.”

Coating of metals in household goods

Evonik’s Resource Efficiency Segment is the market leader in polyamide 12 powders, which are marketed under the "Vestosint” brand name. The powders are used, for example, for coating of metals in household goods such as dishwasher racks, in the automotive industry, and in medical technology. For many years Evonik has also been developing specialty polymer powders that allow industrial production of high-tech components in 3D printing. "Vestosint” impresses here by its high quality, and its processing behavior and property profile are optimally suited to the relevant 3D printing technology.

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