In order to unlock new specialty silicones supply for customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the Americas, Elkem will invest around €36 million to upgrade and debottleneck its silicone upstream plant in Roussillon/France.
With a 20,000 ton capacity expansion, Elkem ASA, Oslo/Norway, a leader in silicon-based advanced materials, will bring the effective silicone intermediates capacity from its upstream plant in Roussillon to 100,000 tons/year, while delivering productivity, cost, sustainability and climate protection improvements.
The investment plan includes installing new equipment and major technology upgrades in key parts of the plant to improve environmental performance, through higher materials efficiency, more energy efficient processes, reduced waste, and state-of-the-art water effluents treatment. It is the largest organic investment project in Elkem’s European silicones franchise in a decade. It is anticipated to come online during the 3rd quarter of 2023.
Other investments in the Rhône Valley region of France include a 3rd manufacturing site and the opening of a new global research and innovation center. This investment complements the ongoing capacity expansion at the company’s Xinghuo site in China, which primarily serves growth in the Asia-Pacific region.