Evonik closes its Witten plant – Sintavia opens a new additive manufacturing facility

Evonik and Sintavia are respectively taking new steps to implement a solid foundation for continuous growth

Evonik has recently announced it will reorganize its polyamide business. In order to focus on the development of activities surrounding the new polyamide 12 (PA 12), the producer of high-performance polymers, will close the polyphthalamide (PPA) business at the Witten site.

A new polyamide 12 (PA 12) facility complex is currently being built at the Marl Chemical Park and aims to expand the production of transparent polyamides.

Current markets that will be boosted thanks to the new facility include: the automotive, oil and gas, 3D printing, and optics industries.

Evonik’s roughly €400 million investment in Germany will increase the company’s overall capacity for PA 12 by over 50 percent. The project will complement existing PA 12 production at the Marl Chemical Park in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with additional plants for the polymer and its precursors. The facility complex is scheduled to go on stream in the first half of 2021.

 “Reorganizing our polyamide business will concentrate our production and innovative strengths on specialty materials for promising applications in attractive markets such as lightweight construction, additive manufacturing, and composites. This, in turn, will give us a solid foundation for continuous growth,” says Dr. Ralf Düssel, the head of the High-Performance Polymers Business Line at Evonik. “For our customers, the move will mean a more intense focus on developing sophisticated specialty solutions.”

Meanwhile in the USA…

Sintavia, a supplier of metal 3D Printed components to the Aerospace & Defense industry, has officially opened the doors to its new 55,000 square foot advanced manufacturing facility, located in Hollywood, Florida.

 With over 150 customers, industry partners, and government officials, Sintavia celebrates this new milestone in its manufacturing activities. According to Brian Neff, Sintavia’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, the new facility will offer “large-scale AM production coupled with a robust aerospace quality management system.”

We are talking about an investment of more than $25 million in advanced manufacturing equipment including medium and large-scale metal printers, EDMs, post-processing machines, wet-booths, and multiple furnaces and the creation of over 130 new jobs to kickstart this journey.

Sintavia is definitely ready to stand out from the crowd in the manufacturing industry.

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