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Evonik reorganizes its polyamide business

May 14/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Evonik is reorganizing its business for high-performance polymers within the polyamide group, according to the company's press release.

The specialty chemicals company has already begun construction of a new polyamide 12 (PA 12) facility complex and is expanding its production of transparent polyamides at the Marl Chemical Park, and, in so doing, is concentrating its activities on high-performance materials for attractive growth markets such as the automotive, oil and gas, 3D printing, and optics industries. As part of the reorganization process, Evonik will withdraw entirely from the polyphthalamide (PPA) business at the Witten site.

"Reorganizing our polyamide business will concentrate our production and innovative strengths on specialty materials for promising applications in attractive markets such as lightweight construction, additive manufacturing, and composites. This, in turn, will give us a solid foundation for continuous growth," says Dr. Ralf Dussel, the head of the High Performance Polymers Business Line at Evonik. "For our customers, the move will mean a more intense focus on developing sophisticated specialty solutions."

Evoniks roughly EUR400 million investment in Germany will increase the companys overall capacity for PA 12 by over 50 percent. The project will complement existing PA 12 production at the Marl Chemical Park in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with additional plants for the polymer and its precursors. The facility complex is scheduled to go on stream in the first half of 2021.

At the same time, Evonik will also be expanding production of transparent polyamides in Marl. Production expansion is slated for completion in the first quarter of 2020. The change will double the specialty chemicals companys overall capacity for the high-performance material.

In another step in the process of reorganizing its polyamide business, Evonik will be discontinuing the production and sale of polyphthalamide at its Witten site by the end of the first quarter of 2020. Evonik will transfer employees from the PPA plant to its Marl site, where they will work at the new PA 12 production plant.

"As we focus our marketing activities on high-performance polymers, we will be utilizing internal synergies to accommodate our long-serving Witten employees with secure jobs at the new polyamide 12 production facility in Marl, where we will be able to draw upon their decades of proven experience in polymer production and compounding," says Dr. Iordanis Savvopoulos, Head of the Product Line Granules & Compounds at Evonik.

Evonik currently employs almost 300 people in Witten. The specialty chemicals company operates several production facilities for the production of organic substances on the approximately 16-hectare site which is one of the major production sites of raw materials for the paints, coatings and adhesives industry. In 2018, the groups new production plant for specialty copolyesters at the Witten site went on stream.

Biobased polymers from the Terra series remain in the business portfolio and will continue to complement Evoniks now reorganized range of high-performance polymers.

Evonik has over 50 years of experience in developing and manufacturing high-performance plastics. The companys comprehensive product portfolio encompasses solutions for virtually any industrial application.

We remind that, as MRC informed earlier, in June 2018, the technology company The Linde Group and the specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries concluded an exclusive cooperation agreement on the use of membranes for natural gas processing. The two companies will jointly promote membrane technology - Evonik on the membrane and polymer side and Lindes Engineering Division as the system integrator for the complete membrane package units. Evoniks established membrane technology will serve as the basis.

Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. Its activities focus on the key megatrends health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalization. Evonik benefits specifically from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world.


mrcplast.com
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:compounding, car components, membranes, poliamid, Evonik, Linde Group, Polyamide PA66, Germany.
Category:General News
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