Around 750 employees work at the Gernsheim site, which is also home to the company's largest pigment production facility worldwide.
The new facilities will significantly increase production capacities for silicon dioxide flakes, a special substrate for a whole range of unique effect pigments.
Merck KGaA celebrated the topping out of the new production facility, a traditional ceremony marking the placement of the last beam in a structure, in Gernsheim end of last month. The investment of €28 million is part of a series of initiatives to further expand the company's pigments business.
“2019 marks the 60th anniversary of our pigments business. We are now very much looking forward to adding additional exciting chapters to this successful history," said Dorothea Wenzel, head of Surface Solutions at Merck KGaA.
The company's silica-based Colorstream and Xirona product ranges provide a unique color shift depending on the angle of observation, enabling eye-catching formulations for coatings and cosmetics manufacturers.
Upon completion, the new facilities will substantially increase the output of silica substrate and sustainably expand the supply capabilities for these effect pigments.
The new production line is planned to begin operations in the second half of 2021.