Press release
March 31, 2009

New Production Plants Go on Stream in China

MATCH (Methacrylates to China): is the project name under which Evonik Industries is currently installing an integrated methacrylates production facility in Shanghai

Seven interlinked plants will work together to produce Methyl methacrylate (MMA), further methacrylic monomers and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA).

The main focus is on the rapidly growing Chinese market, but the plants are also included in the worldwide logistics chain via global sales planning. Shanghai, with its very good infrastructure, is an excellent base for such operations. The first plant successfully started up in the third quarter of 2008. In December 2008, the multipurpose unit for producing high-quality methacrylate specialty esters went on stream. These monomers are predominantly used in the plastics and adhesives industries, but also in the coatings industry. With this unit, Evonik Industries is considerably boosting its production capacity for this product group and supplies customers all over the world with highquality monomers from Shanghai.

Further plants belonging to the integrated network are set to go into operation in the course of 2009, like the MMA facility with an annual capacity of 100 kt.

Resin Components

More than 80 years of methacrylate experience and almost 35 years of isophorone chemistry are the foundation of Evonik Industries top position as global supplier for the resin industry. Evonik’s raw materials are essential for all innovative and environmental-friendly technologies. Methacrylate monomers (VISIOMER®) of Evonik support innovative solutions for a range of coatings systems. Evonik is developing solutions based on different technologies. Crosslinking is initiated by light, auto-oxidation or a condensation reaction. VISIOMER® BPMA and VISIOMER® MUMA are the recommended new developments for these technologies.

Evonik’s comprehensive set of aliphatic diisocyanates (VESTANAT®) offers the optimum solution for any type of non-yellowing urethane resin such as waterborne PUD, radiation curable urethane acrylates, and others.

VESTAMIN® aliphatic diamines form the basis for epoxy-curing agents. The broad range of Dynasylan® functional silanes is the ideal toolkit for the design and synthesis of polysiloxanes, silicone resins or systems for sol-gel-type processes. Besides its range of monomers, Evonik provides oligomeric and polymeric building blocks (Tegomer®), too.

About Evonik

Evonik Industries is the creative industrial group from Germany which operates in three business areas: Chemicals, Energy and Real Estate. Evonik is a global leader in specialty chemicals, an expert in power generation from hard coal and renewable energies, and one of the largest private residential real estate companies in Germany. Our strengths are creativity, specialization, continuous self-renewal, and reliability. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In its fiscal year 2008 about 41,000 employees generated sales of about €15.9 billion and an operating profit (EBITDA) of about €2.2 billion.


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