Evonik and Wynca form JV for fumed silica 23rd August 2018
Evonik Industries and Wynca have agreed to form a joint venture (JV) to produce fumed silica marketed under the name AEROSIL. The product is used in transparent silicones, coatings and paints, modern adhesives as well as non-combustible high-performance insulation materials. The JV, Evonik Wynca (Zhenjiang) Silicon Material Co, plans to build a fumed silica production facility in the Zhenjiang New Material Industry Park (Jiangsu Province, China), investing an amount in the mid-double-digit million Euro range. The facility, with a projected annual output of 8,000 metric tons is scheduled to become operational in 2021. The overall project still requires the approval of the relevant corporate bodies and the competent authorities.
The global market for fumed silica is growing at around five percent. Key drivers for the fumed silica market in China include the silicone industry for adhesives and sealants in buildings and cars as well as gel batteries such as those used in electric bikes.
“With the joint venture, we are consistently continuing to strengthen our Resource Efficiency segment. Following the acquisition of the Huber silica business and the associated expansion of our precipitated silica capacities as well as the growth of our fumed silica capacities in Antwerp, we are now taking the next step with the first fumed silica plant in the attractive Chinese market. Wynca is a strong partner to do this and we look forward to the future cooperation”, said Harald Schwager, deputy chairman of the Executive Board of Evonik Industries.
Based on synthesized organic silicon monomers, Wynca has formed a complete organic silicon industry chain from smelting cores, ganister sand processing, monomer synthesis to the final products, generating the four large product series of silicone rubber, silicone oil, silicone resin and silane coupling agent, and becoming an organic silicon company covering the full industry value chain.
“The cooperation with Evonik is a good opportunity for Wynca to realize its strategy of moving towards end products and its mission of creating better living with green chemistry. We are committed to serving the society and mankind by developing the company with circular economy, and in a resource-efficient and environmentally friendly manner,” said Jianhua Wu, chairman of the Wynca Group.
Wynca is expanding its capacity for organochloro-silanes, which is a raw material used in the production of AEROSIL, to 300kt per annum. A small part of this capacity expansion will supply the joint venture.
“The joint venture plant will further improve the integrated production structure of Wynca Zhengjiang Site. Evonik’s leading fumed silica technology will be introduced into the joint venture. All the intermediate products, like monomethyl trichlorosilane, chlorosilane from Wynca and by-product of hydrochloric acid from JV, will be fully utilized, achieving perfect resource recycling of Wynca Zhenjiang Site and synergies from organic silicon monomer, chlorosilane and fumed silica production,” said Tao Wei, VP of Wynca Group.
“The production site for silica in China will enable us to supply our high-quality products to the growing Asian market with significantly shorter transport routes,” said Johannes Ohmer, member of the Board of Management of Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH.
“Asia, especially China is a key growth region for Evonik. The new joint venture proves that Evonik is committed to growing our business in China through continuous investment and cooperation with local partners,” added Claas Klasen, president of Evonik’s Asia Pacific North region.