Evonik Industries has opened its new precipitated silica plant for the tire industry in South Carolina, in south eastern USA. Investment in the facility, which will enable the company to meet the growing demand for its products in North America, totalled US$120m.
“The opening of the new production plant is an important step in strengthening our position as a global partner for the tire industry,” said Harald Schwager, deputy chairman of the executive board of Evonik Industries. “In the expansion of our silica business we’re following a clear strategy. In addition to taking over the activities of Huber Silica we’re continually expanding our capacities for the material.”
Evonik will also produce the recently developed Ultrasil 7800 GR silica in South Carolina. Due to its larger specific surface area, Ultrasil 7800 GR gives the tread compound more rigidity without negatively impacting its processability. It is therefore particularly suitable for SUVs, whose main global market is the US.
Over 40 jobs have been created at the new facility.