Evonik, a global chemicals company announced its plans in early 2018 to build a new €400 million polyamide 12 (PA 12) production complex in Marl, Germany. The conceptual and basic engineering phase for building the new polyamide 12 (PA12) production complex has been completed on schedule by the end of the past year.
Evonik has now entered the project implementation phase which is scheduled to become operational in the first six months of 2021.
This project is Evonik’s largest investment in Germany till date and the company targets to increase its PA 12 capacity by more than 50% as the high-performance polymer is really demanding in attractive growth markets. For example the 3D printing market, automotive and oil and gas industries.
The existing PA 12 production is to be supplemented with additional manufacturing facilities for the polymer and its precursors at it’s the largest site, Marl Chemical Park in North Rhine-Westphalia. “This project is a special challenge,” explains Dr. Ralf Dussel, the Head of the High Performance Polymers Business Line at Evonik, which, among other products, manufactures VESTAMID and VESTOSINT, the Group’s PA12 granules and powders.
Around 80 highly qualified engineers along with a well-known and globally active technical service provider are working on detailed engineering of individual sub-projects. With strict adherence to the special safety standards, the construction project is located in the direct periphery of the existing production.
Also, there are separate areas for construction containers, material storage, and pre-assembly open. Once the new facility starts, the existing structures that have been in place for more than 50 years will be used for product distribution purpose.
“This investment supports Evonik’s consistent concentration on specialty chemicals. As a high-performance polymer for special applications, polyamide 12 is an important aspect of the Smart Materials Growth Engine,” adds Dr. Claus Rettig, the Head of the Resource Efficiency Segment.
PA 12 is versatile and popular because of its outstanding properties, such as durability, high stability paired with flexibility, high-temperature resistance, and low weight. It can easily contribute to lightweight construction, e.g. in automotive design and requires less maintenance than steel components in the gas pipeline.