Evonik is investing in its German operations with new large-scale industrial plants, capacity expansions and new research centers. The company plans to invest some €2 billion of the extensive investment program it has developed as part of its growth strategy from 2012 to 2016 in Germany.
“Germany has a strong and healthy industrial base. Our investments in Germany strengthen the international competitiveness of Evonik,” said Klaus Engel, chairman of the Executive Board.
The Group is about to start up a new facility for functionalized polybutadienes in Marl, Evonik’s largest site worldwide with almost 7,000 employees. The material is mainly used for sealing compounds in double-glazed windows and for adhesives. The investment volume was in the mid double-digit million euro range. Important considerations for the site selection included proximity to key customers and the excellent infrastructure of the Marl Chemical Park.
A few weeks ago, a partial facility for crosslinking reagents, which have applications in solar panels and other industries, went into operation in Wesseling near Cologne. The investment volume was in the lower double-digit million euro range. The new production site was integrated into an existing facility, which produces one of the source materials.
Other Evonik investments include new capacities for C4-based products in Marl, the expanded specialty silicon production in Essen, and the construction of a new plant for polymeric dispersion agents at the same site. The company is also planning a number of smaller capacity expansions, including for PA12 in Marl. Furthermore, Evonik is investing in modernizing and maintaining the Group’s domestic sites.
R&D in Germany is also receiving further boosts. A new research center for silanes is under construction in Rheinfelden and Evonik scientists working on active principle formulations for parenteral drugs recently moved into new laboratory spaces in Darmstadt. Meanwhile, a new application technology center for the tire industry was opened in Wesseling, the world’s largest production site for precipitated silicas.
“Successful research and development are the backbone of Evonik, and Germany plays a special role in our global research network,” emphasized Engel.