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Evonik, Partner Plan China Silica Boost

by Jean-François Tremblay
July 21, 2014 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 92, ISSUE 29

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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