Evonik set to reorganise polymer business within polyamide group

CIMMay19News - evonik
CIMMay19News - evonik

Evonik has announced that it is reorganising its business for high-performance polymers within the polyamide group.

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 reorganisation process, Evonik will withdraw entirely from the polyphthalamide (PPA) business at the Witten site.

“Reorganising 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,” said Dr Ralf Düssel, the head of the high-performance polymers business line at Evonik. “This, in turn, will give us a solid foundation for continuous growth. For our customers, the move will mean a more intense focus on developing sophisticated specialty solutions.”

Evonik’s roughly €400 million investment in Germany will increase the company’s overall capacity for PA 12 by over 50%. 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 company’s overall capacity for the high-performance material.

In another step in the process of reorganising 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 utilising 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,” stated Dr Iordanis Savvopoulos, head of the product line granules & compounds at Evonik.

Evonik currently employs almost 300 people in Witten. The speciality 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 group’s new production plant for specialty copolyesters at the Witten site went on stream.

Biopolymers complement the product portfolio Bio-based polymers from the Terra series remain in the business portfolio and will continue to complement Evonik’s now reorganized range of high-performance polymers.

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

www.evonik.com

 

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