ATLANTA – Huber Engineered Materials, a division of J.M. Huber Corp., is investing in commercial production capacity for its patented Spherilex™ amorphous precipitated spherical silica and silicate technology. This investment will be at Huber’s Hamina, Finland, production facility and is the first production-scale capacity for the Spherilex technology. The Hamina operation will support the business growth of Spherilex precipitated silicas and silicates globally.

Spherilex products are produced via a manufacturing process designed to create spherical particles that provide new or improved functional benefits in a variety of applications including coatings, plastics and personal care products. Capacity is expected to be online in the first quarter of 2017.

The new manufacturing process allows for the production of Spherilex precipitated silicas and silicates with a wide range of surface areas and tight control on both particle size and particle size distribution.