Evonik, Grupo Idesa JV opens sodium cyanide plant in Mexico

Evonik, Grupo Idesa JV opens sodium cyanide plant in Mexico

5:48 AM, 27th February 2017
Evonik Industries AG headquarters in Essen, Germany
Evonik Industries AG headquarters in Essen, Germany. (File photo)

COATZACOALCOS, US: CyPlus Idesa, a 50:50 joint venture between Evonik Industries and Grupo Idesa has officially opened its new sodium cyanide production plant in Coatzacoalcos (Veracruz, Mexico). In the presence of Dr Klaus Engel, chairman of the executive board of Evonik and Patricio Gutierrez Fernandez, chairman of CyPlus Idesa.

The new sodium cyanide plant has a capacity of 40,000 metric tonnes and uses state-of-the-art hydrocyanic acid and cyanide technologies. Special attention was dedicated to the compliance of all environmental and safety regulations ensuring that production of sodium cyanide complies with the provisions of the "International Cyanide Management Code" (ICMC).

Mining operations in the gold and silver mining industry use sodium cyanide to extract precious metals from the mineral. Mexico is the number one producer of silver in the world and ranks among the top 15 producers of gold worldwide.

In addition to representatives of both companies’ top management, the inauguration ceremony was attended by high-ranking representatives of the Federal government, the state of Veracruz and the city of Coatzacoalcos. Further invitees included customers and suppliers.

CyPlus Idesa started up production in close and trustful collaboration with the joint venture partner, who already operates chemical plants in Coatzacoalcos. Evonik has brought production technology and process know how to the joint project, while Grupo IDESA made key contributions based on its more than sixty years of experience in the Mexican chemical sector.

“The new local production facility will make us an even better and more flexible supplier for our customers in the region. The facility represents another important step in the growth strategy of Evonik,” said Klaus Engel.

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