GEESTHACHT, Germany—Evonik Industries A.G. officially has commissioned a new multi-purpose silicones production unit at its existing facility in Geesthacht.
The Essen, Germany-based chemicals company said it had invested a "double-digit million euro" amount in the new facility, which is located about 18 miles outside the German city of Hamburg.
The new plant offers additional capacity for a range of products, such as addition curing silicones and silyl-terminated polymers (SMPs) which are used as binders for adhesives and sealants in a number of applications including construction, medical applications or electronics.
The production of SMPs has been added to the site to address increasing market demand, for instance for roofing and liquid membranes or lightweight fiber composites in the automotive and aerospace industries.
"The advantage of creating more room and flexibility in our production schedule is that we can react quickly to changing market demands," said Sabine Giessler-Blank, head of the polymer and construction specialties product line.
The increased production footprint, she went on to say, helps to strengthen Evonik's focus on silicone and nanotechnology specialty chemical products, while also provide customers with a "faster, more reliable supply of the products they need," according to the company.