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Evonik Commences Basic Planning for Capacity Expansion of Hydrogen Peroxide

| Editor: Alexander Stark

Due to its effective cleaning and bleaching properties, hydrogen peroxide is used in pulp and textile bleaching, but also in many other special applications.
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Due to its effective cleaning and bleaching properties, hydrogen peroxide is used in pulp and textile bleaching, but also in many other special applications. (Source: Evonik)

Evonik is responding to the growing demand for active oxygen by increasing production capacity and providing more efficient and faster delivery to customers. Already in 2018 completed measures are now being complemented by an additional production line in Antwerp.

Essen/Germany — Hydrogen peroxide is used in many applications, two of these are pulp and textile bleaching because of its effective cleaning, bleaching characteristics and its environmentally benign properties.

To meet the steadily increasing customer demand, the company began an extensive program in 2017 to realign its existing four production sites in Europe: In addition to increasing the production capacity of existing plants, this also included the construction of a new logistics center at the Weissenstein site in Austria. Because of the associated business expansion that includes smaller packaging sizes and an expansion of its services, the supplier is now able to better meet the increasing demand for packaged goods even better and with additional flexibility.

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Now, the company intends to start up an additional production line at its site in Antwerp by 2020 and has therefore decided to launch the necessary basic planning. The new production line would increase their production capacity in Antwerp by 50 %.

The company sees very high and continuous increase in demand for hydrogen peroxide in the marketplace, both in traditional applications such as the pulp industry, and in particular specialty applications such as food safety or in wastewater treatment, where hydrogen peroxide is a more environmentally friendly alternative to other chemicals.

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