Evonik breaks ground on £354m chemical complex in Marl, Germany

WCN Editorial Team 19 Sep 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

German chemicals company Evonik has broken ground on €400m (£354m) chemical complex in Marl, Germany.

Expected to begin production in 2021, the new facility will help the company to expand its production of polyamide 12 (PA 12) by more than 50% at the site which is considered to be the largest in the world.

It will complement existing PA 12 production, located at Marl Chemical Park which includes additional plants for the polymer and its precursors.

Evonik Resource Efficiency chairman management board Claus Rettig said: “We want to become faster and more flexible when it comes to developing new, customized polymers to help our customers achieve strong growth. We need new technologies to do that, which is why we’ve taken consistent steps toward utilizing artificial intelligence.”

Evonik has been in the development of custom polymers for sophisticated applications for the past 50 years. The company sells PA 12 under the brand name VESTAMID Granulate. Demand for the material is considerable across various markets including the automotive industry, oil and gas extraction, medicine, and athletics.

The powered version of PA 12, VESTONSINT is used in various applications such as metal coatings for consumer goods, dishwasher baskets, automobile components, and medical devices.

The company claims to have spent several years in the development of speciality polymer powders that allow manufacturers to use 3D printing to produce high-tech components on an industrial scale.

The federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia minister president Armin Laschet said: “That a leading specialty chemicals company like Evonik is investing here in an ultra-modern production site shows that North Rhine-Westphalia is the number one chemical location in Germany and can compete at a global level. Singapore and other countries competed hard for this plant with tax benefits.

“In the end, the decision was for Marl because here we have the advantage of a network of competent chemical and energy companies. Plastic is a high-tech material and a resource of the future.”

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Image: Officials of Evonik and North Rhine-Westphalia Minister president Armin Laschet at the groundbreaking ceremony. Photo: Courtesy of Evonik Industries AG.

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