PPG Industries is to increase precipitated silica production capacity at its Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA, manufacturing plant by more than 10,000 tons per year in response to growing demand.
It will achieve this through debottlenecking projects that are already underway and the added capacity is expected to come online in the second half of 2016.
In February 2015, PPG announced expanded precipitated silica production at its plant in Delfzijl, Netherlands, designed in part to meet growing demand among global tire manufacturers for Agilon performance silica. The Delfzijl expansion remains on schedule to come online in mid-2016.
In addition to these expansions, PPG is also evaluating additional significant silica expansion projects in Europe and North America based on growing demand.
January 20, 2016