MOSCOW (MRC) -- Evonik has opened Applied Technology Center in Brazil. The Applied Technology Center (ATC) was designed to support the development of modern, innovative and essential solutions for a more sustainable future, according to SpecialChem.
The completion of the investment in a modern building, which combines eight state-of-the-art laboratories, two pilot plants, and the entire necessary infrastructure to support industries in their developments, strengthens Evonik’s strong commitment to its clients and partners across the Central & South America region.
“The works started at the end of 2020 and were completed successfully on schedule, in spite of the challenges of the market We remain committed to providing the best experience to our clients and developing innovative solutions that allow for a better future for all,” says Elias Lacerda, president of Evonik for the Central & South America region.
The application laboratories are aimed at industries in several strategic markets for Evonik, such as agriculture, construction, crosslinkers, personal care & home care, pharmaceuticals, animal nutrition, polyurethanes, and paints, in addition to two pilot plans catering to the animal nutrition and polyurethanes segments.
As MRC reported before, Evonik is investing a three-digit million-euro sum in the construction of a new production plant for bio-based and fully biodegradable rhamnolipids. The decision to build the plant follows a breakthrough in Evonik's research and development. Rhamnolipids are biosurfactants and serve as active ingredients in shower gels and detergents. Demand for environ-mentally friendly surfactants is growing rapidly worldwide.
We remind that in February, 2020, Dow and Evonik entered into an exclusive technology partnership. Together, they plan to bring a unique method for directly synthesizing propylene glycol (PG) from propylene and hydrogen peroxide to market maturity.
Propylene is the main feedstock for the production of polypropylene (PP).
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, PP shipments to the Russian market were 1,363,850 tonnes in January-November, 2021, up by 25% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of injection moulding PP random copolymers decreased significantly.
Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. The company is active in more than 100 countries around the world and generated sales of EUR12.2 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of EUR1.91 billion in 2020. Evonik goes far beyond chemistry to create innovative, profitable and sustainable solutions for customers. About 33,000 employees work together for a common purpose: to improve life today and tomorrow.