Solvay Launches Production of Highly Dispersible Silica in Poland
On July 1st, Solvay S.A., Brussels, Belgium, hosted a ceremony to mark the production launch of Highly Dispersible Silica (HDS) at its new state-of-the-art plant in Wloclawek, Poland, to address strong and growing regional demand for energy saving tires.
Polish authorities and other dignitaries present at the ceremony welcomed the coming on stream of the plant. With 85,000 tons of annual capacity dedicated to Solvay’s latest HDS technologies it will create more than 100 jobs in the Pomeranian region. From this plant Solvay will deliver customers in Central and Eastern Europe.
The site will produce the most advanced grades of HDS, a reinforcing agent in the tire rubber that reduces a vehicle’s fuel consumption by as much as 7 %. Solvay’s HDS brands include Zeosil Premium and Efficium, another Solvay Silica invention, which helps tire makers to raise productivity levels for both car and truck tire compounds.
Including Wloclawek, Solvay’s Silica operates 9 sites close to customers across Europe, South America, North America and in Asia. In South Korea, Solvay is building a plant which will also produce Efficium and, once on stream, raise Solvay’s annual silica capacity by close to 50 % between 2014 and 2016.
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