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Rhodia To Build An Upstream Silica Facility In China


Joint Venture With Chinese Partners Created

Rhodia announces the signature of a joint venture agreement with Qingdao Haiwan Group and Qingdao Dongyue Sodium Silicate Company to build a sodium silicate plant at Qingdao, China. The facility with a capacity of 220,000 tonnes is scheduled to come on-stream in the first quarter of 2008.

Sodium silicate is a key intermediate for precipitated silica manufacturing. The new facility will supply Rhodia’s Asian silica manufacturing plants in Qingdao, China and Incheon, South Korea, specialized in high performance silica.

Rhodia’s high performance silica is notably used in low rolling resistance tires which enable up to 5% fuel savings and therefore provide a solution to reduce CO2 emissions from cars.

“This new facility will give Rhodia a source of competitive raw material to support the growing needs of its silica business in Asia ”, commented Eric Noyrez, President of Rhodia Silcea. “As the global leader in high performance silica, we benefit from a rapid increase in demand of the tire, nutraceutics and silicone markets”.


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