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Grace expands colloidal silica manufacturing in Germany

Thursday, 28 February 2019

W. R. Grace & Co. has begun construction of a new colloidal silica plant at its European flagship manufacturing and R&D center in Worms, Germany.

US company Grace invests in the construction of a new colloidal silica plant in Worms, Germany. Source: electriceye – stock.adobe.com.

US company Grace invests in the construction of a new colloidal silica plant in Worms, Germany. Source: electriceye – stock.adobe.com.

This investment will support growing demand and increasing technical requirements of customers. It will broaden Grace’s technology platforms, significantly increase capacity for Grace’s  portfolio of colloidal silica products, and add flexibility to the company’s global manufacturing network. The expansion is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2020. "Grace is strategically investing to increase capacity for a variety of products. This new manufacturing facility will allow us to better serve both existing and new customers with differentiated silica technologies,” said Sandra Wisniewski, President, Grace Materials Technologies.

Development of new colloidal silica applications

The new colloidal silica plant will accelerate the development of new colloidal silica applications into a wide spectrum of industrial applications including catalysts, functional coatings, and precision investment casting. It will support increasing demand in this high growth specialty silica segment and improve alternative sourcing and logistics capabilities to better serve customers in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

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