ESSEN, Germany - Evonik has expanded production for precipitated silica in Rayong, Thailand. With this investment, Evonik increased its capacity for precipitated silica for the automotive, food and animal feed, and coatings industries.

"Expanding our manufacturing footprint in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand highlights our commitment to this region and allows us to better serve regional markets with state-of-the-art products and optimum solutions," said Peter Meinshausen, Regional President Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

The silica production, now a joint venture between Evonik Industries and Oriental Siam Co., was founded in 1990. Evonik came on board as majority shareholder taking charge of operating this Map Ta Phut site in 1999. This expansion, using Evonik’s latest technology, included enhancements of the production process to ensure highest levels of safety, productivity and overall quality.