CHESTER, Pa. (Sept. 12, 2014) — Evonik Corp. has commissioned a 20,000-ton/year expansion of precipitated silica capacity at its plant in Chester.
Andreas Fischer, head of Evonik's Silica Business Line, said the capacity addition in Chester was part of the company's initiative to increase world-wide capacities for precipitated silica by 30 percent since 2010.
“Demand for precipitated silica is increasing,” Mr. Fischer said. “Our expansion in Chester will enable us to keep pace with the growth of our customers and to meet the requirements of the tire, food and other industries.”
He called the Chester facility “an integral part of Evonik's global silica business,” adding that Evonik has “expanded our plants and constructed new facilities in Asia and Europe, and now we've built up our capacities for precipitated silicas in North America as well.”
Mr. Fischer explained that the capacity addition in Chester was part of Evonik's initiative to increase world-wide capacities for precipitated silica by 30 percent since 2010.
One of the major uses of precipitated silica is the automotive sector, according to David Elliott, site manager at Evonik's