Evonik is investing a significant double-digit million Euro sum in a new, modern production facility for its high-performance foams for fiber composites manufactured in Darmstadt. At the same time, parts of the original production plant, which went into operation in 1972, will be shut down or extensively modernized. These measures will enable Evonik to continue to meet growing demand for its structural foams, for example from the aerospace industry.
Evonik's original production facility in Darmstadt has been manufacturing ROHACELL structural foam, which is used as a core material for sandwich composite materials, for 50 years. Sales have risen steadily in recent years due to increasing market demand for lightweight components in a wide range of industries, including medical technology and sports applications to parts for the electronics industry and automotive and aircraft construction. ROHACELL plays a role in emerging technology developments, such as high frequency equipment for 5G networks as well as the design of air taxis. In addition, the product range of high-performance foams will soon be expanded with new developments beyond ROHACELL polymethacrylimide structural foam.
With modern, state-of-the-art buildings and a production environment that meets the latest safety standards, Evonik is well equipped to meet growing customer demand and the high-quality requirements of industries such as aerospace and automotive. "With this contribution, Evonik continues on its path of investing in products that support sustainable solutions for our customers," says Dr. Claus Rettig, head of Evonik's Smart Materials Division. "Manufacturers in many industries want to efficiently produce high-performance lightweight components. Our high-performance foams for composites make this possible."
Production will continue at the existing plant in Darmstadt during the construction and modernization phase. The first new production plant will start operation in April 2022, and further plants will follow over the course of the year.
Production of the high-performance foam ROHACELL began in 1972 in Darmstadt, Germany, later expanding into the Americas and Asia. Additional plants and regional teams are located in Mobile (Alabama, USA) and Shanghai (China) to support and supply customers in North and South America and Asia.
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