With the conceptual and basic engineering phase of its new polyamide 12 (PA12) production complex completed at the end of 2018 on schedule, Evonik has now announced that the project has entered the implementation phase. The facility is scheduled to become operational in the first six months of 2021.
The project, involving an approximate €400 million, is Evonik's largest investment in Germany so far, and will more than double the Group's overall PA12 capacity. PA12 is in demand in attractive growth markets such as the automotive industry, oil and gas pipelines, and 3D printing. Additional facilities for producing the polymer and its precursors will be constructed at the Marl Chemical Park in North Rhine-Westphalia and will supplement the existing PA12 production plant.
“This project is a special challenge,” explains Dr. Ralf Düssel, the Head of the High Performance Polymers Business Line at Evonik. “In Evonik's engineering unit, some 80 engineers are working on the project. We have also contracted a well-known, globally active technical service provider for the detail engineering of individual sub-projects. The construction project is located in the direct vicinity of ongoing production, with special safety standards, and we have to keep areas for construction containers, material storage, and pre-assembly open in addition to the actual construction sites. Once we start up the new facility, the existing structures that have been in place for over 50 years will be used for product distribution.”