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Stephen Moore

November 22, 2016

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Evonik invests in capacity expansion for polymethacrylimide foam

Evonik Resource Efficiency plans to invest in a capacity expansion for its Rohacell polymethacrylimide foam, a rigid, structural foam used in the manufacture of sandwich composites in aerospace, automotive, marine, sports equipment, electronics and medical technology. The ultra-lightweight foam provides composite part manufacturers a core material solution that can withstand high temperatures and pressures. This supports the use of quick and efficient part production, thereby lowering a manufacturer’s production time and costs.

Rohacell is valued for its lightweight strength in applications such as marine. The SpeedFoiler catamaran is one example of its use.

The expansion of the company’s Performance Foams business at its production site in Darmstadt, Germany will initially increase the output of the facility by about 20%. The expanded production capacity is expected to be operational by the second half of 2017.

“We have experienced double-digit growth of the Rohacell brand in recent years and have indications that this success will continue. With this consistent level of growth in global demand, we see this capacity expansion as a positive and necessary step toward assuring our customers of their continued access to our innovative product – now and far into the future," said Matthias Kottenhahn, Senior Vice President of High Performance Polymers Business Line at Evonik Resource Efficiency Segment.

Evonik’s Darmstadt plant is currently producing Rohacell foam products that are used as a core material in the construction of sandwich composites. The global market has shown steady annual growth in the use of composites as multiple industries are facing the challenge of producing products for their customers that are lighter in weight, strong and dependable, plus efficient to manufacture.

“As the trend toward composite usage continues, we are prepared to respond with the lightweight solutions available in our Rohacell range of foam products. Whether it is an airplane, a car, a ship, a wind turbine blade, an electronic device or even a hockey stick – all can benefit from less overall weight. Rohacell foam is an ideal solution for future advancements in these products and by expanding our capacity, we will be ready to meet the needs of this changing marketplace,” noted Andreas Hoff, Vice President of Performance Foams at Resource Efficiency Segment.

The Darmstadt plant is the original Performance Foams production facility, with additional production locations in Mobile, AL, and Shanghai, China that provide a regional supply team to customers in both North and South America and Asia.

About the Author(s)

Stephen Moore

Stephen has been with PlasticsToday and its preceding publications Modern Plastics and Injection Molding since 1992, throughout this time based in the Asia Pacific region, including stints in Japan, Australia, and his current location Singapore. His current beat focuses on automotive. Stephen is an avid folding bicycle rider, often taking his bike on overseas business trips, and is a proud dachshund owner.

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