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Evonik opens new plant for fumed silica in Japan

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Nippon Aerosil Co., Ltd. (NAC), a joint venture between Evonik Industries and Mitsubishi Materials, has opened a new plant for surface modified "Aerosil” in Yokkaichi, Japan.

Evonik strengthens the manufacturing of world-class products that are ‘Made in Japan’. Source: Thommy Weiss/pixelio.de

Evonik strengthens the manufacturing of world-class products that are ‘Made in Japan’. Source: Thommy Weiss/pixelio.de

The production plant in Yokkaichi is Evonik Industries largest fumed silica plant in Asia and one of the largest specialty fumed silica plants in the world. Evonik continues to aim at sustainable growth, and to strengthen the manufacturing of world-class products that are ‘Made in Japan’.

Capacity exceeds 550,000 tons

With this new capacity on stream, Evonik’s global annual production capacity for precipitated and fumed silica, metal oxides and matting agents now exceeds 550,000 tons.

Uninterrupted supply is important

Dr. Michael Doludda, President of NAC: "Our product’s performance is extremely important for many applications, so that an uninterrupted supply to our customers is of the utmost importance.” In his speech he also explained some of the major advantages Japan, as an industrial country, provides: "Willingness of customers for technological advancements and preparedness for co-developments; a very skilled work force and focus on details. Moreover, its strive for technological excellence is providing NAC a unique environment enabling the development of new products with very specific properties – which is of high importance for NAC’s success in the market.”

Several improvements are included

The whole project included a new office building and multiple improvements of structural stability for several production buildings – besides a new surface modified "Aerosil” plant. The completion of the new plant represents the final milestone of this project. It will improve substantially the safety of the employees as well as the general disaster preparedness. Additionally the capacity expansion will benefit our customers by better product availability and shorter lead times for the product supply.

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