Together with the business partners, representatives from local government and media, Evonik and Wynca took part in a ground-breaking ceremony on Dec. 10 in the Zhenjiang New Material Industry Park.
Scheduled to become operational in 2021 with a projected annual output of 9,000 metric tons, the new plant will produce fumed silica marketed under the name AEROSIL, to fulfill the market demand for silicones, coatings and paints, modern adhesives and gel batteries in China.
“As a kind of Smart Materials, silica belongs to one of the four strategic growth engines identified by Evonik because of its rapid market growth and extensive applications,” said Andreas Fischer, board member of Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH.
The joint venture will combine Evonik's advanced product technology with the leading local silicone industry value chain formed by Wynca, building a production facility for AEROSIL fumed silica products by utilizing chlorosilanes from Wynca.
Meanwhile, the by-product hydrochloric acid will also be fully utilized as a raw material for the Wynca Zhenjiang site. This integrated production loop is expected to make full use of by-products from each side and achieve perfect resource recycling and synergies among organic silicon monomer, chlorosilane and fumed silica production.
“Evonik regards Asia, especially China, as an important growth region. China is currently undergoing an overall industrial transformation and upgrade," said Dr. Claas Klasen, president of Evonik’s Asia Pacific North region.