Evonik Industries AG has opened a new production line for speciality polyamide 12 powders (PA 12) at its production site in the Marl Chemical Park, Germany.
The new facility primarily produces high-performance powders for the 3D printing market, said the German speciality chemicals supplier.
According to Evonik, the 3D printing market is “expanding heavily” with double-digit growth rates.
“Polyamide 12 is part of our strategic ‘smart materials’ growth engine that involves optimising the performance and efficiency of products with improved materials,” explained Harald Schwager, deputy chairman of the executive board of Evonik Industries.
According to Schwager, the new plant ‘significantly expands’ the company’s capacity for production of PA 12 supporting the development of future-oriented technologies such as 3D printing.
The investment size, said Evonik, is in the “mid double-digit million euro range”, expanding the production capacity by 50%.
Evonik did not give further details on the current production capacity.
The added capacity, said Evonik, will help the company develop new customised polymer powders “even faster and more flexibly”.
Evonik markets the high-performance polymer polyamide 12 as a powder under the Vestosint brand.
Applications include coating metals in household goods, dishwasher baskets, in the automotive industry or in medical technology.