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Evonik Industries presented Plexiglas® Soundstop XT Bird Guard, a new product from the family of transparent sound insulation panels. One of the first application sites was the highway from Guangzhou to Shenzhen in southern China. In February Evonik opened the expansion of the RohMax Technology Center in Shanghai. After just 15 months of construction time, a new Evonik facility for the manufacture of pharmaceutical active principles was officially opened in the Chinese city of Nanning in Guangxi province. Evonik Industries took over the majority of the U.S. silica manufacturer Harris & Ford Silco LLC. in Portland, Oregon. In June, Evonik officially opened a new facility for the production of precious metal powder catalysts in Shanghai. The catalysts produced in the plant are used in the pharmaceutical industry and for fine and industrial chemicals. Evonik Industries AG took over the polyurethane additive business of BYK-Chemie GmbH, Wesel, to strengthen its business with additives required for the production of polyurethane foam. PU foams are primarily used for insulation in the construction industry, in the food refrigeration chain as well as for upholstery in the furniture, mattress, and automotive industry. August start-up Together with PV Crystallox Solar Silicon GmbH, Evonik starts operating a new integrated production facility for solar silicon at the Bitterfeld Chemical Park in August. Dr. Klaus Engel, the Chairman of the Executive Board of Evonik Industries AG, was elected President of the Chemical Industry Association (VCI).
The new titanium dioxide plant at the Rheinfelden site of Evonik Industries was officially opened. In March, Evonik took over the entire Resomer business from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co.KG. It included the entire product portfolio of standard and customized polymers for the production of medical technology applications and pharmaceutical formulations. In response to rising global demand, Evonik expanded its production capacity for polyether ether ketone (PEEK) at the Changchun site in China. Evonik introduced the new product Acematt 3600. The new silica-based matting agent is a UV-curing coating. Evonik Industries acquired Hanse-Chemie AG and Nanoresins AG in Geesthacht to secure quick access to additional markets for specialty applications in silicone chemistry. In April, Evonik Industry sold its carbon black business, which had a long tradition within the Group. The divestment covered 16 production sites in eleven countries. Evonik started operating a new facility for the manufacture of ultrapure isobutene in Antwerp. Thanks to a newly developed process, the plant can produce isobutene in an especially environmentally friendly manner with low resource consumption. A new integrated facility for the production of monosilanes and Aerosil® went online at the Japanese Yokkaichi site. Evonik Industries and Saudi Acrylic Acid Company (SAAC) established a joint venture named Saudi Acrylic Polymers Company (SAPCo) for the production of superabsorbents on the Arabic peninsula. The first production facility is to become operational in late 2013. Groundbreaking ceremonies for two new research and development centers were held at the Essen/Goldschmidtstraße site. One center will focus on ecologically sound additives and specialty bonding agents for the coatings and paint industry, while the other will develop innovative and sustainable products for the cosmetics industry.
On May 1, Evonik Industries AG established a joint venture with Ampaglas Plastics Group. The new company, Evonik Acrylics Africa (EAA), was set up to extrude PLEXIGLAS® semi-finished products. Ampaglas is the largest producer of extruded plastics in Southern Africa. The new company is headquartered in Elandsfontein near Johannesburg. The objective of the joint venture, of which Evonik holds 51 per cent, is to manufacture high-quality PLEXIGLAS® sheets and to sell them in the growing markets in Africa. The focus is on the market segments of construction and architecture, the design-oriented segments of lighting technologies and furniture, exhibition and shopfitting.
On July 1, Evonik Industries acquired the the spray drying facility of Molda AG in Dahlenburg near Lüneburg. Spray drying is an especially gentle method used to dry sensitive products such as vitamins, food additives, or pharmaceutical excipients and active substances.
In August, the the TEGO Innovation Center for Paints and Coatings was opened at the Essen Goldschmidtstrasse site. In this roughly 5,000 square-meter research center, 90 employees work on innovative solutions and products – with a particular focus on the environment and resource efficiency.
The new application technology center, an ultra-modern laboratory for isophorone chemistry, was inaugurated at the Xinzhuang site in Shanghai in September. Guests at the opening ceremony included the head of the business unit, Dr. Ulrich Küsthardt, the head of the business line, Gerd Brand, members of the business unit and business line management team, as well as participants of the Crosslinkers Business Line’s regional business conference.
In fall, Evonik Degussa Corporation finished construction of its production facility in North America for the animal feed amino acid, L-lysine. This doubled the existing plant capacity at the Blair (Nebraska) location to 280,000 metric tons annually.
In November, in Sachsendorf (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany), a new biogas processing plant was inaugurated. The membrane modules and the processing procedure used at the plant were developed by Evonik. The plant is operated by EnviTec Biogas AG and has a processing capacity of 150 cubic meters of raw biogas per hour.
Also in November, Evonik launched a new product, EUDRAGUARD BMC, developed specially for use in food supplements. The principal application areas are the masking of tastes and odors (for example, for products with garlic extract or fish oils) and moisture protection as required in many plant extracts.
In February, the Evonik Vietnam Limited Liability Company was established with headquarters in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The new sales company makes it easier to introduce and trade products in the country and provides direct market access in Vietnam for Evonik products.
In June, a new facility came on stream in Marl Chemical Park for the production of phthalate-free PVC plasticizers which are to be sold under the name Elatur. The plant has an an annual production capacity of 40,000 metric tons. To develop the plasticizers further, Evonik operates its own research and development laboratory in the Chemical Park and this also provides technical customer service.
In mid-June, the new Innovation Center in Essen was inaugurated. Around 90 employees carry out research here, primarily for applications in the cosmetics industry. A separate workshop area is available for cooperation with customers.
On July 19, Evonik Goldschmidt GmbH was transferred to Evonik Degussa GmbH and ceased to exist. This was the formal end to a company history that began in Berlin in 1847 with the founding of Chemische Fabrik Th. Goldschmidt.
In August, a new multifunctional building was inaugurated in Midrand, Johannesburg (South Africa), as a base for the Sub-Saharan region of Africa. The new building houses offices, laboratories and experimental areas. There is also an exhibition space where Evonik can present its products and those of customers. The research activities in Midrand will focus initially on personal care products and amino acids.
In August, the first analytical center for animal feed in South Asia was opened in Singapore. The range of services provided by this new analytical center includes wet chemistry analysis of amino acid content in raw materials and compound feed, analysis of supplemented amino acids (AMINOBatch®) and near infrared reflectance spectroscopy analytical services for prediction of amino acid content in raw materials (AMINONIR®). In addition, the new center offers feed manufacturers training courses in amino acid analytics.
In August, in Bekasi, Indonesia, Evonik opened its newly expanded production facility for premium raw materials, additives and ingredients for the cosmetic and household care industries. With this step, Evonik increased its capacity for surfactants and esters used in hair care and skincare products and industrial applications. The range of raw materials and additives provided by Evonik’s Indonesian plant includes emulsifiers, secondary surfactants, emollients, conditioners, thickeners, and pearlizing agents. In addition, the in-house analytical and technical service lab offers personal and household care manufacturers continuous support with their formulations as well as updates and training on new additives, active ingredients and products.
On September 4, Evonik Industries AG and SECAR Technologie GmbH, based in Hönigsberg, Austria, established a joint venture for the mass production of fiber-reinforced composite components for the automotive and aviation industries.
On October 21, in Puerto General San Martin, Argentina, Evonik opened its new plant for the manufacture of catalysts for biodiesel production. Production at Terminal 6 S.A. has an annual capacity of over 60,000 metric tons and supplies ready-to-use alkoxides for use as catalysts in biodiesel production from renewable raw materials. This new plant is to serve primarily the Brazilian and Argentine markets.
In fall, Evonik opened a new polymerization plant at its Darmstadt site. This increased production capacity by approximately 50 per cent.
In the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in China, a new plant for the production of organic specialty surfactants was opened with a capacity of 80,000 metric tons. Production focuses on key product groups such as amphoteric surfactants, amidoamines, esters, alkoxylates and quats. Evonik's new production facility is setting standards with respect to environmental technology, quality and reliability. These include emission controls, a two-step water treatment plant and the latest technology.
Following a year's planning, CyPlus GmbH opened a further dissolving station with the innovative SLS (Solid-to-Liquid System) technology at the company Tüprag in Turkey. The SLS technology enables optimal handling of large quantities of cyanide, which is used in gold mining. It minimizes the manual labor involved and greatly improves the dissolution process, the use of one-metric ton packaging containers including the disposal of empty containers is no longer necessary. The design concept for the SLS dissolution station with automatic control was developed by CyPlus and revised in collaboration with the Site Services Business Unit in Wesseling. Tüprag is one of the largest gold mining companies in the EMEA region and, as a subsidiary of the Canadian mining company, Eldorado Gold, it is bound to the highest security and environmental standards. In addition to the Turkish gold mine, Eldorado operates further mines in China; it is also pursuing projects in Greece, Romania and Brazil.