Solvay begins production highly dispersible silica in South Korea

Solvay begins production of highly dispersible silica in South Korea

7:02 AM, 3rd November 2016
Solvay’s HDS strengthens the rubber in tires and reduces a vehicle’s fuel consumption by as much as 7 percent.
Solvay’s HDS strengthens the rubber in tires and reduces a vehicle’s fuel consumption by as much as 7 percent.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Solvay SA begins the production of highly dispersible silica (HDS) at its new state-of-the-art plant in Gunsan, South Korea, meeting the demand for energy saving tires.

The plant has an annual capacity of more than 80,000 tonnes in producing Solvay's most advanced grades of HDS. This discovery strengthens the rubber in tires and reduces a vehicle's fuel consumption by as much as 7 percent. Also, HDS brands like Zeosil Premium and Efficium help tire makers to increase performance levels for both car and truck tire compounds.

Solvay is advancing its silica production technologies with this new site, bringing innovative products to its customers in the region. The site will over time replace the one in Incheon, which is in an area designated for urban development.

"Solvay's new site with its latest technology standards further strengthens our supply security to our customers and our contribution to cleaner mobility. Our global market reach and innovation capabilities close to and with our customers allow us to grow our silica applications in energy saving tires for both cars and trucks," said An Nuyttens, president of Solvay's silica global business unit. 

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