DELFZIJL, Netherlands (Feb. 4, 2015) — PPG Industries Inc. plans to raise capacity for precipitated silica at its site in Delfzijl due to a supply agreement with an undisclosed “major” tire maker.
The increase of more than 15,000 metric tons per year is due to come online in 2016, PPG said, adding that the new capacity would help PPG meet growing demand for its silica products. PPG said the project represents a “multimillion dollar” investment.
The large-scale production of performance silica Agilonis is part of an expansion which PPG said was “tied to a new multi-year global supply agreement with a multinational tire manufacturer.”
“Based on positive customer trials and interest, demand for Agilon performance silica is growing globally,” said Anup Jain, PPG vice president, specialty coatings and materials.