Grace Doubles LUDOX® Colloidal Silica Capacity

 W. R. Grace & Co. has announced the opening of its new 8,200 square-meter colloidal silica plant at its European flagship manufacturing and R&D center in Worms, Germany. The facility reportedly doubles the worldwide production capacity of LUDOX, Grace’s leading colloidal silica product, and significantly enhances Grace’s responsiveness to customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, (EMEA) and Asia Pacific. This will enable Grace to continue to meet growing global demand in a thriving specialty silica segment, where there is active innovation that enables future growth for key industries, the company reported.

Located in Germany’s manufacturing heartland south of Frankfurt where the company has been operating since 1972, the new facility expands Grace’s manufacturing center in Worms adding approximately 25 new high-tech manufacturing jobs bringing employment at the site to approximately 950, according to W. R. Grace. “Our advanced new plant enables us to better support our customers and partners and allows us to remain aligned with customer demand. This expansion, combined with our existing manufacturing facilities, talented and experienced employees, and best-in-class technologies, are evidence of exciting growth at Grace and our dedication to our LUDOX® colloidal silica customers worldwide,” said Sandra Wisniewski, president, Grace Materials Technologies, said,

The company added that the new plant allows it to further enhance its broad portfolio of products and will strengthen Worms as a cornerstone of our services in our Refining Technologies, Specialty Catalysts, and Materials Technologies operating segments.

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