Germany: Multi-Purpose Silicones Evonik to Expand Geesthacht Facility
Evonik is investing a double-digit million dollar amount in the construction of a new multi-purpose facility at its Geesthacht location in Northern Germany, 30 km outside the city of Hamburg.
Essen/Germany — The additional capacities created will be for the production of a range of silicones and silane-terminated polymers, which the company sells under the brand names Polymer VS and Polymer ST. The products are used in many applications including in parquet adhesives, in adhesives for wound care or encapsulation applications in electronics.
The new plant is scheduled to go into operation at the end of 2019. Besides the increased production capacity, a facility for filling tank trucks is also being built at the site. This is intended to simplify the delivery and storage process for customers and to increase efficiency.
According to Dr. Sabine Giessler-Blank, head of the Polymer & Construction Specialties Product Line, the additional production capacity will also create room for the company to develop new products, enabling them to increase the performance of their customers’ products and to react to future demands in the adhesives and sealants market.
The Geesthacht site, with about 100 employees, will focus on two areas: silicone and nanotechnology. The addition- and condensation-curing silicones as well as the silane-terminated polymers are used as binders in adhesives and sealants, electronics and medical applications. Among other things, our silica-based nanomaterials serve as property-enhancing additives in fiber composites, which are used in the automotive and aerospace industry.