Solvay has commenced production of Highly Dispersible Silica (HDS) at its new state-of-the-art plant in Gunsan, South Korea.
The plant has an annual capacity of more than 80,000 tons and is producing Solvay’s most advanced grades of HDS – many of which are used in fuel efficient tyre compounds. According to the company, Solvay’s invention “reinforces the rubber in tyres and reduces a vehicle’s fuel consumption by as much as 7 per cent.” Moreover, HDS brands like Zeosil premium and Efficium help tyre makers raise the performance of both car and truck tyre compounds.
“Solvay’s new site with its latest technology standards, further strengthens our supply security to our customers and our contribution to cleaner mobility,” said An Nuyttens, president of Solvay’s Silica Global Business Unit. “Our global market reach and innovation capabilities close to and with our customers allow us to grow our silica applications in energy saving tires for both cars and trucks.”