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On March 20, 2012, Evonik Industries began construction in Shanghai on an organic production facility for the personal care and home care markets. The plant is expected to be operational by 2013.
The facility will supply ingredients and specialty surfactants based on renewable raw materials for the personal care, household care and industrial specialties industry. It will primarily serve markets in China and Asia-Pacific, with an annual capacity of 80 kt. The new production plant will encompass 33,000 m2 on Evonik’s Multi-User-Site (MUSC) in Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP). It is conveniently located in the Yangtze River Delta Economic Zone.
According to the company, the facility is being constructed to further develop its market position in organics and to grow its business in China. MUSC, a wholly owned Evonik site, follows all Shanghai and Evonik standards and laws. In addition, the site is regularly audited and certified (ISO 9001, 14001 and OSHA 18001). Evonik will implement environmental protection measures. For example, air pollution and waste treatment controls and two-step waste water treatment.
Parallel to the construction of the new production plant, Evonik is expanding its R&D center at its Xinzhuang site in Shanghai, with an investment of €23 million. The expansion includes laboratories for R&D, application technology and technical service, with aims to develop product applications and provide technology service for customers throughout China and Asia-Pacific.