Reflecting growing demand for structural foams to lighten weight, Evonik is boosting capacity to make performance foams in Darmstadt, Germany, “by about 20 percent as a first step.” The expansion is expected to be completed by the end of next year.
“We have experienced double-digit growth of the Rohacell brand in recent years and have indications that this success will continue. 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,” said Matthias the Kottenhahn, SVP of High Performance Polymers Business
“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,” said Andreas Hoff, VP, performance foams.
Rohacell is a rigid, structural polymethacrylimide foam used as a core material in sandwich composites in aerospace, automotive, marine, sports equipment, electronics and medical applications. Evonik said it can withstand high temperatures and pressures.
The Darmstadt plant is the original Performance Foams production facility, with additional production locations in Mobile, Alabama, and Shanghai, China.