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Evonik Industries, Essen, Germany, has announced plans to build a new plant for their polymethacrylimide structural foam Rohacell in Shanghai, China, scheduled to begin operation in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Their investment in Shanghai reflects a strategic decision to bring their products closer to the customer, as well as their continued commitment to a region that is a key growth market.Currently two plants - in Darmstadt, Germany and Mobile, Alabama, USA – supply customers in Asia. The new facility will be located in Evonik’s Multi-User Site China (MUSC) in Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP). The lightweight material Rohacell is already being used in Asia’s aviation industry, including the regional jet ARJ21-700 and also the prototype of China’s first large commercial airliner C919 that is scheduled to enter commercial service in 2018. Rohacell high performance foam cores are ideal for the growing advanced composites industry and are enjoying increasing worldwide demand in not only the aviation industry, but also in automotive, electronics, medical technology and sporting goods.More information:www.evonik.com