ESSEN,Germany—Evonik Industries intends to boost its silica capacity by 30 percent globally between 2010 and 2014 to serve its tire industry customers.
The company said the cost of the projects will be in the "upper double-digit million euro range."
"We've committed to expanding our capacities worldwide by about 30 percent by 2014, as compared to 2010. Right now, we're already about halfway there," said Thomas Haeberle, Evonik executive board member responsible for the Resource Efficiency Segment.
"We've already expanded the facilities for our precipitated silicas Ultrasil and Sipernat in Asia andEurope," said Johannes Ohmer, head of the Inorganic Materials Business Unit. Evonik produces precipitated silicas at 10 sites in nine countries. "Initially, we saw increasing demand inEurope. Now Asia andNorth Americaare following suit. Other regions will follow," Ohmer said.
In all, Evonik has a worldwide annual capacity of about 500,000 metric tons in precipitated and fumed silicas, as well as matting agents.