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Evonik opens expanded specialty silica production facilities in Japan

Friday, 30 October 2015

Evonik has opened its expanded facilities in Ako, Japan, where the company will produce its "Sipernat” and "Carplex” lines of specialty silicas.

Opening ceremonies of the expanded facilities in Ako, Japan. Source: Evonik

Opening ceremonies of the expanded facilities in Ako, Japan. Source: Evonik

The investment represents a roughly 50 percent increase in Evonik’s Japanese production capacity for specialty silicas, which the specialty chemicals company manufactures through DSL. Japan Co., Ltd. (DSL). Evonik maintains a 51 percent share in DSL, a joint venture with the Shionogi & Co., Ltd. in Japan.

New ideas for applications such as coatings

"The expansion will allow us to continue providing exceptionally high-quality silica that will support the growth of our customers in sophisticated sectors such as the food, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals industries," explained Andreas Fischer speaking at the opening ceremonies; Fischer heads the Silica Business Line within the Resource Efficiency Segment. "We also anticipate new ideas for other industrial applications, such as paints and coatings, or paper coatings," Fischer went on to say.

Investment strengthens market position

DSL President Tadashi Kanai emphasized how the investment will strengthen the company’s market position: "As the expansion shows, we see growth potential for the high-quality specialty silica business in Japan. Our aim is to strategically enhance our already strong market position. DSL is a reliable partner to its customers, whom we support with intense technical collaboration and highly dependable delivery performance. The new facility also complies with regulatory requirements for direct contact with food in Japan, the EU, the US, and other states, and meets demanding HACCP and GMP quality and safety requirements in Japan."

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