Solvay increase silica capacity in US

Solvay to increase silica capacity in US

7:53 AM, 2nd August 2016
Solvay to increase silica capacity in US

PRINCETON, US: Solvay SA said that it is adding 10,000 metric tonnes (MT) of capacity to its Chicago Heights, US silica plant.

The project is underway and will deliver an additional 10,000 mt of highly dispersible silica (HDS) capacity by 2018. The additional capacity will further enable Solvay’s commitment to serve its customers in the North American Market.

Chicago Heights will also be adding additional grades from Solvay’s Zeosil and Tixosil product lines over the same time period to adapt to expanding demand for new products in North America. This expansion is a further continuation of Solvay’s global investment in the HDS market and follows Solvay’s recent investments in a new plant in Poland (2015), HDS production in Brazil this year, and the scheduled start-up of a new plant in Korea this year.

The Chicago Heights, Illinois, silica plant, was founded in 1995, and is one of nine Solvay silica plants that make up Solvay’s global production network across Europe, South America, North America and Asia, producing highly dispersible silica at the highest quality standard for fuel-saving tires, battery separators, and other key markets.

“Solvay’s silica business is focused on being a leader in innovation and service. This expansion will help us to continue to provide our partners with local supply of our global technologies. And will also provide us with a platform to produce new products to support the needs of North America," commented An Nuyttens, president of Solvay’s silica GBU.

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