Solvay opens expanded dispersible silica unit, modern R&D facility in France

Solvay opens expanded dispersible silica unit, modern R&D facility in France

4:46 AM, 9th November 2012
Solvay opens expanded dispersible silica unit, modern R&D facility in France
Solvay Group headquarters in Belgium.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Solvay inaugurated its highly dispersible silica capacity expansion and its modernized R&D facility Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or site in France. This investment follows a similar volume expansion last year in the US and start-up in 2010 of a new plant in China. These three investments required in total €74 million.

“Our worldwide highly dispersible silica production capacity now exceeds 400,000 tonne,” said Tom Benner, President, Silica Global business unit, Solvay. “Demand for highly dispersible silica is pulled by a growing need for safer and more energy-efficient tires and the new European Tire labelling legislation applicable from 1st, November. We can now meet our customers’ needs globally as this new legislation takes effect,” he added.

The investment in Collonges includes important upgrades in control technology. Equipped with latest technologies, the modernized R&D facility can now speed up innovation and offer customers full support for development and testing of innovative silica formulations. “The refurbishment provides more flexibility, increases productivity, and raises our best in class standard, enabling us to better serve customers worldwide,” added Sabine Gouvernel, Site Manager, Solvay.

Solvay’s range Zeosil and Zeosil premium highly dispersible silica is used by major tire manufacturers worldwide for production of energy-saving tires.

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