Evonik is building an integrated production plant for organic specialty surfactants at its site in Shanghai, China. With an investment volume in the upper double-digit million range, the production network is scheduled to begin operation in mid-2013. The various specialty surfactants based on renewable raw materials will be used primarily for cosmetics and laundry care products, as well as for industrial applications.
According to the company, the new plant will support the growth of its key customers in Asia with local production. The Chinese cosmetics industry accounts for the majority of production. The company reportedly will benefit from the infrastructure of the large Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) and close proximity to its customers' production facilities. With the construction of the new integrated production plant, Evonik is also increasing its local capacities in technical service, marketing and sales.
The integrated production network will feature state-of-the-art technologies and meet correspondingly high environmental standards. Last fall, in its most recent project at SCIP, Evonik commissioned a plant for the production of plastics and plastics ingredients.