Evonik’s New German Silicone Plant Starts Production Despite COVID-19

July 17, 2020
Additional analysis and safety measures put in place to observe social distancing and government guidelines.

Evonik’s new multi-purpose silicones manufacturing facility in Geesthacht, Germany is now fully operational after completing final commissioning tests and gaining the necessary authority approvals. Engineers carried out small batch runs, and the essential safety assessments required for production to start, despite the added complexity posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the inauguration in January, the new plant in Northern Germany, 30 kilometers outside Hamburg, is now producing silicones and silyl-terminated polymers (SMPs).

“Fortunately, we commissioned the facility’s new tank farm before the full impact of the COVID-19 virus was realized, but still had testing to do before we could be fully operational,” says Dr. Sabine Giessler-Blank, head of the polymer and construction specialties product line. “I’m very proud of the achievements of our team and our partners – as we still managed to complete the project on schedule despite several additional safety measures.”

The new facility strengthens Evonik’s innovation capabilities and its focus on silicone and nanotechnology specialty chemical products, according to the company. These include addition-curing silicones and the SMPs used as binders for adhesives and sealants in parquet adhesives, adhesives for wound care and other medical applications or in electronics, for example in thermally conductive polymer filling compounds for e-mobility.

For more information please visit www.evonik.com

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