Highly Dispersible Silica Solvay to Construct Silica Plant in South Korea

Editor: Manja Wühr

Solvay expects a growing demand in Asia for energy saving tires and invests in new production and research capacities in South Korea.

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Solvay launches silica plant construction in South Korea to meet energy saving tire demand.
Solvay launches silica plant construction in South Korea to meet energy saving tire demand.
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Brussels/Belgium – Solvay has recently launched the construction of its Highly Dispersible Silica (HDS) production plant in Gunsan/South Korea to address growing demand in Asia for energy saving tires and to develop innovative HDS grades.

In the presence of the Head of Jun-Book province, the mayor of Gunsan and other local dignitaries, Solvay officially broke ground for the construction of the plant, which with an annual capacity of more than 80 000 tons, is expected to be operational in the next two years.

Solvay’s Global Business Unit (GBU) Silica will produce its latest grades of high performance silica including Efficium. This generation of Highly Dispersible Silica allows for higher productivity and greater flexibility in producing energy saving passenger car and truck tire compounds, the company claims.

Research Activities

“This new production platform will be dedicated to silica innovations for Asia. Together with the Silica research facility, part of Solvay’s new R&I Center at the Ehwa University Campus in Seoul, we are well placed to speed up innovations in close cooperation with our regional customers,” said An Nuyttens, President of Solvay’s Silica GBU.

The facility in the Saemangeum zone, close to Gunsan city in Jeollabuk-do province, will over time replace an important part of the current capacity at Solvay’s Silica site in Incheon/South Korea, which is located in area designated for future residential development.

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