Silica producer Evonik is investing in a plant expansion for precipitated silica at its Charleston, S.C. site. According to the company, the new line will increase the company’s production capacity for precipitated silica at the site by 50 percent. The Charleston facility is part of a network of 18 precipitated silica production sites globally.

The construction of the new production line is scheduled to begin in mid-2024. Operations will start in early 2026.

“North America is an important strategic growth region for us,” said Maike Schuh, chief financial officer of Evonik, responsible for the Americas region. “With the investment in Charleston, we are strengthening our strategic customer-centric approach and improving our cost and sustainability position.”