Solvay starts silica plant construction in South Korea

Solvay starts silica plant construction in South Korea

8:51 AM, 27th April 2015
Solvay starts silica plant construction in South Korea
The new silica plant will address growing demand in Asia for energy saving tires and to develop innovative HDS grades.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Chemical company Solvay SA said it has started construction of its highly dispersible silica (HDS) production plant in Gunsan, South Korea. The new plant, with an annual capacity of more than 80,000 tonnes, will address demand in Asia for energy saving tires and to develop innovative HDS grades.

Expected to be operational in the next two years, the new plant was inaugurated in the presence of the head of Jun-Book province, the mayor of Gunsan and other local dignitaries.

“This new production platform will be dedicated to silica innovations for Asia. Together with the silica research facility, part of Solvay’s new R&I center at the Ehwa university campus in Seoul, we are well placed to speed up innovations in close co operation with our regional customers,” said An Nuyttens, president, silica global business unit (GBU), Solvay.

The facility in the Saemangeum zone, close to Gunsan city in Jeollabuk-do province, will over time replace an important part of the current capacity at Solvay’s silica site in Incheon, which is located in area designated for future residential development.

The silica GBU will produce its latest and most advanced grades of high performance silica including Efficium®. This latest generation of HDS allows for higher productivity and greater flexibility in producing energy saving passenger car and truck tire compounds.

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