Evonik Resource Efficiency is to invest in capacity expansion of its Performance Foams business at its production site in Darmstadt, Germany.

The investment will increase the output of the facility by around 20% as a first step, with the Group adding manufacturing equipment to its operations complex, manufacturing products marketed under the Rohacell brand. The expanded production capacity is expected to be operational by the second half of next year. 

"We have experienced double-digit growth of the Rohacell brand in recent years and have indications this success will continue," said Evonik SVP High Performance Polymers Business Line at Evonik Resource Efficiency Segment, Matthias Kottenhahn.

"With this consistent level of growth in global demand, we see this capacity expansion as a positive and necessary step toward assuring our customers of their continued access to our innovative product – now and far into the future." 

Evonik's Darmstadt plant is currently producing Rohacell foam products used as a core material in the construction of sandwich composites.

The global market has shown steady annual growth in the use of composites as multiple industries are facing the challenge of making products for their customers which are lighter in weight, strong and dependable.

"As the trend toward composite usage continues, we are prepared to respond with the lightweight solutions available in our Rohacell range of foam products," added VP Performance Foams at Resource Efficiency Segment, Andreas Hoff.

"Whether it is an airplane, a car, a ship, a wind turbine blade, an electronic device or even a hockey stick; all can benefit from less overall weight.

"Rohacell foam is an ideal solution for future advancements in these products and by expanding our capacity, we will be ready to meet the needs of this changing marketplace." 

Rohacell is a rigid, structural polymethacrylimide foam used in the design and production of sandwich composites in aerospace, automotive, marine, sports equipment, electronics and medical technology.

The ultra-lightweight foam provides composite part manufacturers with a core material solution which can withstand high temperatures and pressures. 

The Darmstadt plant is the original Performance Foams production facility, with additional production locations in Mobile, Alabama, US and Shanghai, China, which provide a regional supply team to customers in both North and South America as well as Asia.

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