Mexico: Sodium Cyanide Evonik Joint-Venture Opens Sodium Cyanide Production Plant
Cyplus Idesa, a joint venture between German Evonik and Mexican Grupo Idesa, officially opened their sodium cyanide production plant in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico.
Coatzacoalcos/Mexico — The new sodium cyanide plant has a capacity of 40,000 metric tons and uses state-of-the-art hydrocyanic acid and cyanide technologies.
Mining operations in the gold and silver mining industry use sodium cyanide to extract precious metals from the mineral. Mexico is the number one producer of silver in the world and ranks among the top 15 producers of gold worldwide.
The joint venture announced that special attention was dedicated to the compliance of all environmental and safety regulations ensuring that production of sodium cyanide complies with the provisions of the "International Cyanide Management Code" (ICMC).
The inauguration ceremony in Coatzacoalcos was attended by Dr. Klaus Engel, Chairman of the Excecutive Board of Evonik Industries and Patricio Gutiérrez Fernandez, Chairman of Cyplus Idesa. “The new local production facility will make us an even better and more flexible supplier for our customers in the region. The facility represents another important step in the growth strategy of Evonik,” said Klaus Engel.
Evonik has brought production technology and process know how to the joint project, while Grupo Idesa made key contributions based on its more than sixty years of experience in the Mexican chemical sector.