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02-14-2013

Solvay: New Plant in Poland

Solvay S.A., Brussels, Belgium, will invest EUR 75 million to build a new 85,000 ton per year Highly Dispersible Silica (HDS) plant in Wloclawek, Poland. Combined with a further capacity expansion at its site in Qingdao (China), these two investments will increase Solvay’s global highly dispersible silica production capacity by an additional 30%.

Located in central Poland, close to key energy distribution and the new Warsaw-Gdansk highway, the new plant will offer logistical benefits to customers in Eastern Europe and Russia, according to company information. The site is a designated Special Economic Zone (SEZ) integrated within the industrial site of Anwil, a subsidiary of the Polish refining and energy company PKN Orlen. The completion is expected in the third quarter of 2014.

Among other HDS products, the new plant will produce Zeosil Premium, the latest generation of highly dispersible silica, used by tire manufacturers in the production of energy-saving tires. Zeosil Premium is a uniquely engineered patented HDS which decreases fuel consumption by up to 7%, while enhancing other tire performance properties.

Solvay will also add production capacity to its Qingdao plant (China) which started-up in 2010. This expansion is already underway and scheduled for completion by the end of 2013. It will elevate the capacity of the site to 112,000 tons per year.

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