China: Fumed Silica Cabot Starts Construction of Fumed Silica Facility in China

Editor: Alexander Stark

Cabot Corporation and joint venture partner Inner Mongolia Hengyecheng Silicone, broke ground on their new fumed silica manufacturing facility in Wuhai, China.

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Cabot's office is located in Boston's Seaport District.
Cabot's office is located in Boston's Seaport District.
(Source: Cabot)

Wuhai/China — The project, announced in September 2016, is scheduled to be completed in 2019, and will further Cabot’s position as a leading producer of fumed silica. Cabot and HYC are investing approximately $ 60 million to build a world-class fumed silica manufacturing facility, with Cabot owning an 80 percent equity interest. In this mutually beneficial relationship, Cabot brings advanced fumed silica production technology in the rapidly growing region while HYC provides a long-term source of feedstock.

Fumed silica is a key ingredient in a variety of applications, including silicone elastomers, composites, adhesives, coatings, energy storage and consumer goods. The new facility will have a manufacturing capacity of 8,000 metric tons of fumed silica per year. Cabot’s latest technological advances will be incorporated in the plant design and operations.

“Our new facility will allow us to better serve our customers in parts of China where we expect to see significant growth and development in the coming years. At the same time, it will enable us to strengthen our overall production capacity to keep pace with growing global demand,” said Nick Cross, executive vice president and president, Performance Chemicals segment.

Cabot has operated in China for nearly 30 years, and currently operates manufacturing sites in Shanghai, Xingtai, Jiangxi and Tianjin.