Evonik expands fumed silica capacity

Evonik has started up on schedule its new plant complex in Antwerp for production of fumed silica.

The Evonik plant complex in Antwerp.
The Evonik plant complex in Antwerp. Image source: Evonik. -

With this, the specialty chemicals company can now serve the high demand for fumed silicas. Typical applications include paints and coatings, advanced adhesive systems, transparent silicones, and nonflammable high-performance insulation materials. Evonik has invested a sum in the upper double-digit million EUR range in the new plant complex.

Silica belongs to one of Evonik’s four strategic growth engines

“We’re pursuing a clear growth strategy for our silica business. With the additional capacities, we’re ensuring supply for our customers over the long term,” said Harald Schwager, deputy chairman of Evonik’s executive board. As part of Smart Materials, silica belongs to one of Evonik’s four strategic growth engines with above-average market growth. The growth of the global market for fumed silicas is expected to exceed 4 percent annually, outpacing the global economy as a whole.

Along with the market for hydrophilic fumed silica, demand is also growing for specialty hydrophobic silicas. The existing plant in Antwerp has accordingly been upgraded such that hydrophilic fumed silica can be given hydrophobic properties by special post-treatment.

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