Second Facility Doubles Evonik’s Membrane Production

Nov. 21, 2017
Evonik opens new membrane production facility at its Austrian plant in Schörfling.

(l-r) Dr. Matthias Kottenhahn, head of the high performance polymers business line, Evonik; Dr. Claus Rettig, chairman of the board of management of Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH; Mag. Dr. Angelika Winzig, member of the Austrian Parliament; Gerhard Gründl, mayor of the municipality of Schörfling am Attersee; Dr. Harald Schwager, deputy chairman of the executive board of Evonik Industries AG; Mag. Dr. Michael Strugl, deputy governor of Upper Austria (chairman); Jean-Marc Chassagne, managing director of Evonik Fibres GmbH; Dr. Axel Kobus, head of the fibers, membranes and specialties product line, Evonik 

Evonik Industries opens another membrane production facility at its Austrian plant in Schörfling. The new hollow fiber spinning plant predominantly produces membrane modules for efficient nitrogen generation and for process gases. Nitrogen accounts for roughly 40% of the estimated global gas separation market, according to Evonik, making it the second-largest market after natural gas.

In Schörfling, Evonik currently produces gas separation modules predominantly for the biogas market and helium recovery. The new hollow fiber spinning plant doubles the existing production capacities for Sepuran membranes.

In total, Evonik has invested an amount in the mid double-digit million euro range in the expansion of the Austrian plant, according to the company. Besides the new hollow fiber spinning plant, additional facilities have been created for technology development, application technology, membrane testing and quality assurance. Over 30 new jobs have reportedly been created in production and administration.

The company’s plant in Lenzing near the Schörfling site manufactures the source material polyimide, a high-performance polymer, which is spun and then further processed in Schörfling. The infrastructure in Lenzing is also being upgraded as part of site expansion.

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