Evonik Industries and its partner Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TNSC) have officially started up the new integrated production facility for monosilane and Aerosil in Yokkaichi, 400 kilometers south of Tokyo (Japan). The project volume was around €150 million and the facility was the company’s largest single project in 2010.
Evonik has thus realized a future-oriented project to serve the growing photovoltaic and electronic markets. Evonik has a long-term agreement to supply monosilane to TNSC. Monosilane is used in the production of thin film solar cells, flat-screen displays and semiconductors for the electronics industry. Applications for Aerosil include processing into plastics, colorants and coatings.
At the opening ceremony in Yokkaichi, Klaus Engel, Chairman of Evonik's Executive Board, commented: “This substantial investment in Japan expands our significant market and technology position in the future-oriented solar energy market. It also makes a further important contribution to the global resource efficiency megatrend.” Engel said that he was shocked by the serious natural catastrophe that hit Japan in March and its consequences for the Fukushima nuclear power station. He stressed: “It is therefore especially important that today we are able to join with our employees, partners and guests to provide a new signal through the start-up of this facility.”...