Evonik Enters Implementation Phase of PA12 Complex

Evonik has completed the conceptual and basic engineering phase for building its new polyamide 12 (PA12) production complex and has entered the project implementation phase. The facility complex is scheduled to become operational in the first six months of 2021.

The €400 million project is expected to increase the Evonik’s overall capacity for PA12 by more than 50 percent, the company reported. According to Evonik, 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.

“In Evonik’s engineering unit, some 80 engineers are working on the project. 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,” said Dr. Ralf Düssel, head of the High Performance Polymers Business Line at Evonik. “The Marl Chemical Park offers us optimal conditions for this extraordinary feat. 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.”

Evonik also stated that this investment supports the company’s consistent concentration on specialty chemicals. “As a high performance polymer for special applications, polyamide 12 is an important aspect of the Smart Materials Growth Engine,” said Dr. Claus Rettig, head of the Resource Efficiency Segment. “What’s more, products made from PA12 are usually energy-efficient. They are durable and require less maintenance than steel components, for example in gas pipelines, and contribute to lightweight construction, e.g. in automotive design.”