Evonik to build ROHACELL foam core plant in Shanghai

The Shanghai, China, facility will be Evonik's third to produce ROHACELL polymethacrylimide structural foam and will produce core material primarily for Chinese aerospace applications.

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Evonik Industries (Essen, Germany) announced on Sept. 19 that it plans to build a new plant for its polymethacrylimide structural foam core ROHACELL in Shanghai, China, scheduled to begin operation in the fourth quarter of 2015.

"Our investment in Shanghai reflects a strategic decision to bring our products closer to the customer, as well as our continued commitment to a region that is a key growth market,” says Dr. Joachim Leluschko, head of high performance polymers business line at Evonik.

Currently two plants ‐ in Darmstadt, Germany and Mobile, Ala., 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.