Evonik will increase its annual production capacity for precipitated silica at the existing site in Adapazari (Turkey) by 40,000 metric tons, investing a sum in the lower double-digit million euro range.
Essen/Germany; Adapazari/Turkey — Precipitated silica are an essential ingredient in tires with reduced rolling resistance and, as part of Smart Materials, belong to one of the four strategic growth engines of the company with an above-average market growth and margin potential.
The manufacturer and the Ege Kimya company operate a joint venture in Turkey. Startup of the new production complex is scheduled for 2020. In addition to producing Ultrasil rubber silica, it will also serve the growing needs for precipitated silica.
Evonik is implementing this expansion in Adapazari to support the high level of demand for the highly dispersible (HD) silica used in producing Green Tires, particularly from customers in southeastern Europe and the Middle East. Due to a reduced rolling resistance, Green Tires save fuel compared to traditional vehicle tires.