LYON, France – Elkem recently announced a strategic investment plan to unlock new specialty silicones supply for customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and the Americas. The company will invest around €36 million to upgrade and debottleneck its silicone upstream plant in Roussillon, France.
The Elkem board of directors has approved a 20,000 metric tons capacity expansion, bringing the effective silicone intermediates capacity from Elkem’s upstream plant in Roussillon, France to 100,000 metric tons per annum, while delivering productivity, cost, sustainability and climate protection improvements.
“At a time when silicones and their raw materials are in shortage, the expansion is cornerstone to meeting the future needs of our specialty silicones customers in EMEA and the Americas, where the market is expected to grow by around 6% per year between 2020 and 2025,” said Frédéric Jacquin, Senior Vice President in charge of Elkem’s Silicones Division. “This investment complements the ongoing capacity expansion at our Xinghuo site in China, which primarily serves growth in the Asia-Pacific region and further strengthens our cost position as well as environmental performance.”
The investment plan includes installing new equipment and major technology upgrades in key parts of the plant to improve Elkem Roussillon’s cost position and environmental performance, through higher materials efficiency, more energy efficient processes, reduced waste, and state-of-the-art water effluents treatment. The company reports that it is the largest organic investment project in Elkem’s European silicones franchise in a decade. It is anticipated to come online during the third quarter of 2023.
Learn more at www.elkem.com/silicones.