DELFZIJL, Netherlands—PPG Industries Inc. plans to increase precipitated silica production capacity at its site in Delfzijl as a result of a supply agreement with a major tire maker.
The capacity increase would help PPG meet growing demand for its silica products, PPG said, and is set to come online in 2016. The increase is more than 15,000 metric tons per year. Total expected expenditure is in the tens of millions of Euros.
“Growing customer demand for Agilon performance silica was the primary driver of this particular expansion,” Bill Fish, PPG global segment manager, rubber applications, said via email.
“Delfzijl has been involved in producing Agilon since the product's inception and, as such, was a logical choice for PPG's first large-scale Agilon production facility. The Delfzijl plant has a dedicated work force that has accumulated a great deal of experience with the chemistry involved in making Agilon, and they have the established infrastructure necessary to support the growth of this product.”
Another reason PPG selected the Delfzijl plant is its proximity to Rotterdam, one of the largest ocean ports in the world.
“We are very comfortable shipping Agilon performance silica globally from Delfzijl, and in fact currently supply growing commercial quantities of the material to customers in many regions of the world outside of Europe,” Fish said.
“Access to a broad number of ocean carriers serving a wide variety of shipping lanes makes Rotterdam an attractive base of operation.”