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Evonik strengthens its focus on adhesive and sealant solutions with a new multi-purpose silicone production facility

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

After less than 18 months of construction, Evonik officially opened its new multi-purpose silicones manufacturing facility in Geesthacht, Germany.

Left to right: Olaf Schulze, Mayor of Geesthacht, Lauren Kjeldsen, Managing Director Evonik Nutrition & Care, Mathias Jammer, Site Manager Geesthacht. (Image source: Evonik)
Left to right: Olaf Schulze, Mayor of Geesthacht, Lauren Kjeldsen, Managing Director Evonik Nutrition & Care, Mathias Jammer, Site Manager Gees...

Located in Northern Germany, 30 kilometers outside the port city of Hamburg, the new plant was completed on time and within the planned budget. Commissioning of the facility’s new tank farm started in December and incremental production increases are planned over the coming months.

"I’m delighted to open our new facility and continue the long history of production at the site, said Dr. Xiaolan Wang, head of the Interface & Performance Business Line of Evonik.  The increased production footprint helps to strengthen our focus on silicone and nanotechnology specialty chemical products, while also providing our customers with a faster, more reliable supply of the products they need.”

35 years of continuous chemical production at the site

There has now almost been 35 years of continuous chemical production at the site, producing components and raw materials for the manufacture of sealants and adhesives, molding and casting compounds, and other products.

Standing on the same site as the existing plant, the new tank farm had to be built and commissioned for use while keeping production running smoothly for Evonik’s customers. The additional capacities are for a range of silicone and nanotechnology products. These include: addition-curing silicones and silyl-terminated polymers which are used as binders for adhesives and sealants in parquet adhesives, adhesives for wound care and other medical applications or in electronics such as e-mobility housings or potting materials.

To address the increasing market requirements a broad range of silyl-terminated polymers (SMP‘s) will also be produced. "The other advantage of creating more room and flexibility in our production schedule is that we can react quickly to changing market demands, as well as develop new products”, said Dr. Sabine Giessler-Blank, head of the Polymer & Construction Specialties Product Line.

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