Solvay starts highly dispersible silica production in Poland

Solvay starts highly dispersible silica production in Poland

7:53 AM, 2nd July 2015
Solvay starts highly dispersible silica production in Poland
Solvay starts new highly dispersible silica (HDS) plant in Wloclawek, Poland, to address strong and growing regional demand for energy saving tires.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Solvay SA said it is hosting a ceremony to mark the production launch of highly dispersible silica (HDS) at its new state-of-the-art plant in Wloclawek, Poland, to address strong and growing regional demand for energy saving tires.

With 85,000 tonne of annual capacity dedicated to Solvay’s latest HDS technologies it will create more than 100 jobs in the Pomeranian region.

Polish authorities and other dignitaries present at the ceremony welcomed the start of the plant. Guests included Governor of Kujawsko-Pomorskie province Ewa Mes, Marshal of Kujawsko-Pomorskie province Piotr Calbecki, vice president of Wloclawek Dorota Grabczynska, vice minister of environment Janusz Ostapiuk, as well as Belgian ambassador Colette Taquet.

“From this plant Solvay will deliver customers in central and eastern Europe its latest breakthrough tire solutions which contribute to cleaner and more competitive mobility. Through its global market reach and increasing number of applications in passenger and truck tires, Solvay is best-placed to meet growth opportunities in improving their performance and in lowering CO2 emissions,” said An Nuyttens, president of Solvay’s silica global business unit.

The site will produce the most advanced grades of HDS, a reinforcing agent in the tire rubber that reduces a vehicle’s fuel consumption by as much as 7 percent. Solvay’s HDS brands include Zeosil Premium and Efficium, another Solvay silica invention.

With Wloclawek, Solvay’s silica has a strong global footprint with 9 sites. In South Korea, Solvay is building a plant which will also produce Efficium and, once on stream, raise Solvay’s annual silica capacity by close to 50 percent between 2014 and 2016.

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