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Evonik plans for the first MMA production plant using the Aveneer process  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) is starting basic planning for a new methyl methacrylate (MMA) production plant using the Aveneer process at its Mobile, Ala. site. The capital expenditure involved will be in the three-digit million euro range. The large-scale plant, with a production capacity of 120,000 metric tons, is expected to come onstream in the middle of 2015 and will create up to 100 jobs in Mobile. The overall project is awaiting the approval of the relevant bodies. Methacrylate monomers and their derivatives are the starting materials for innovative products for resource-efficient solutions, as for example in lightweight construction in the automotive industry. “With Aveneer technology and our decision in favor of Mobile we’re systematically expanding our global methacrylates platform and consolidating our leading market position further,” says Dr. Dahai Yu, member of the Executive Board of Evonik Industries with responsibility for the Specialty Materials Segment. The Aveneer process (see Chem. Eng., November 2010; www.chemengonline.com/chementator/6105.html) developed by Evonik is distinguished by an improved carbon footprint and is thus particularly eco-friendly. Process CO2 emissions…
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