Grace Opens New Colloidal Silica Plant In Germany

July 1, 2020
Grace doubles colloidal silica capacity with major European plant opening.

W. R. Grace & Co. opens a new 8,200 square-meter, state-of-the-art, colloidal silica plant at its European flagship manufacturing and R&D center in Worms, Germany. The facility reportedly doubles the worldwide production capacity of Ludox, Grace’s colloidal silica product, and significantly enhances Grace’s responsiveness to customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, (EMEA) and Asia Pacific.

Manufacturers in diverse industries reportedly use Ludox colloidal silica in myriad applications as a functional ingredient and as a processing aid. Ludox colloidal silicas still have considerable untapped potential with new uses continuing to emerge, according to the company. Grace’s proprietary manufacturing process produces an extremely narrow particle size distribution and allows Ludox colloidal silica particles to be chemically customized for use in a wide range of challenging applications.

Located in Germany’s manufacturing heartland south of Frankfurt where the company has been operating since 1972, the new facility expands Grace’s manufacturing center in Worms adding approximately 25 new high-tech manufacturing jobs bringing employment at the site to approximately 950. The company’s East Chicago, Indiana Ludox colloidal silica plant continues to supply Grace’s customers in the Americas.

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