Solvay: invests in highly dispersible silica
(CercleFinance.com) - Solvay has announced that it is investing in its Livorno (Italy) site to launch its first bio-circular highly dispersible silica (HDS) plant, made from biosourced sodium silicate derived from rice husk ash.
Coupled with the integration of renewable energy in the plant, this new process should make Livorno the lowest CO2 footprint site for silica production in Europe. Production is set to begin at the end of 2024.
Solvay also plans to build a new plant in North America over the next few years to increase its capacity for highly dispersible silica, which will greatly increase the Belgian group's presence in the region.
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