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Evonik Starts-up New Plant for AEROSIL® Fumed Silica in Japan

Published on 2016-01-18. Author : SpecialChem

NIPPON AEROSIL CO., LTD. (NAC) opens a new plant for Surface Modified AEROSIL® in Yokkaichi, Japan with an inauguration ceremony. NAC is a joint venture between Evonik Industries and Mitsubishi Materials and is an important part of Evonik’s global silica production network.

Fig. 1: Evonik

Dr. Michael Doludda, President of NAC., commented during the press conference which was held before the ceremony: “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, it 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.”

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.

The project 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.

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’.

Evonik is one of the world leading silica manufacturers with the most diverse product portfolio. In addition to AEROSIL® fumed silica, the specialty chemicals company also manufactures other fumed metal oxides, including titanium dioxide and aluminum oxides under the trade name AEROXIDE®. Evonik also produces SIPERNAT® and ULTRASIL® precipitated silica for many high growth markets such as low rolling resistance tires. 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, with many more projects in the planning and implementation phases to continually support the global customer base.

About Resource Efficiency

The Resource Efficiency segment is led by Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH and supplies high performance materials for environmentally friendly as well as energy-efficient systems to the automotive, paints & coatings, adhesives, construction, and many other industries. This segment employed about 7,800 employees, and generated sales of around €4 billion in 2014.

About Evonik

Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals, operating in the Nutrition & Care, Resource Efficiency and Performance Materials segments. The company benefits from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms. In 2014 more than 33,000 employees generated sales of around €12.9 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €1.9 billion.

Source: Evonik

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