SHOW NEWS: PPG increases silica output in Netherlands

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Exhibitor PPG Industries (booth C415) is increasing precipitated silica production capacity at its Delfzijl, Netherlands, manufacturing location. Capacity will be increased by more than 15,000 tons per year.

The expansion is expected to come online in 2016 and will help PPG meet growing demand for its silica products, including large-scale Agilon volumes tied to a new multi-year global supply agreement with a multinational tire manufacturer.

“Based on positive customer trials and interest, demand for Agilon performance silica is growing globally,” said Anup Jain, PPG vice president, specialty coatings and materials. “The multi-million dollar investment in Delfzijl will not only expand capacity but also give us the flexibility to rapidly switch existing production capability between conventional precipitated silica and Agilon performance silica to meet market place needs.”

Agilon performance silica is a chemically-modified precipitated silica that can improve the performance of products in which it is used. It can also drive manufacturing efficiencies by reducing capital, improving throughput and reducing VOC emissions.

Tire Technology Expo is being held until Thursday 12th February, at Köln Messe, Cologne, Germany.

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