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July 1, 2014

Evonik invests in new research center at Rheinfelden site

Gerald Ondrey

Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; is making an investment in the double-digit-million euro range in a new research center at the Rheinfelden, Germany site. Starting at the beginning of 2016, research into silanes will be carried out in modern laboratories in the four-story building.

Silanes are used in the electronics industry, in the tire industry, for the production of adhesives and sealants as well as plastics, and in the construction industry. Application engineering, analytics, and quality management will also be located in the new research center in the future. The center fits in perfectly with the integrated silane chemical production network in Rheinfelden, which encompasses research, development, application technology, and production.

The new research center will house up 70 employees at ultra- modern workstations on an area of around 3,500 m2. Peter Dettelmann, head of the Rheinfelden site, explaines its focus of activity as follows: “The silanes we are researching into here make chips in smartphones faster and more efficient, protect buildings from corrosion and dirt, and enable fuel-saving tires or longer- lasting paints. We are delighted to construct a building using sustainable techniques for this.”

Evonik produces silanes at its sites in Rheinfelden (Germany), Antwerp (Belgium), Rizhao (China), Mobile and Weston (both U.S.). The specialty chemical company also operates laboratories for application technology support and regionally specialized research for silanes in China, India, Germany and the U.S. Evonik’s silane portfolio comprises chlorosilanes and organo- functional silanes with an overall capacity of 300,000 metric tons per year.


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