Issue Date: July 21, 2014
Evonik, Partner Plan China Silica Boost
Evonik Industries and the Chinese polysilicon maker GCL-Poly Energy Holdings are forming a joint venture in China to produce fumed silica and ultrapure silicon tetrachloride. To be 60% owned by Evonik, the venture will build plants for both materials in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, with a combined capacity of 20,000 metric tons per year. Silicon tetrachloride that GCL-Poly generates as a by-product in its polysilicon operations will be the venture’s raw material. Start-up is scheduled for 2016.
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