Evonik to expand its hydrophobic fumed silica capacities
The expansion, scheduled to become operational in late 2020, is associated with Evonik's effort to consistently expand its silica business for specialty applications. “Our expansion in Rheinfelden is aimed at supporting the growth of existing application areas in highly specialized fields and at opening up new, innovative uses,” says Johannes Ohmer, member of the Board of Management of Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH.
Expansion of existing facilities
“Rheinfelden is the parent plant for our hydrophobic fumed silicas. We decided in favor of expanding the site because the investment will help us make even better use of existing facilities. In addition, the local process know-how and specific long-term experience with the construction and operation of the plants were essential considerations for us,” says Andreas Fischer, head of the Silica Business Line.
The investment will expand the company’s annual capacity for hydrophilic fumed silica at the existing Rheinfelden site by 20 percent to meet heavy market demand.