05 June 2007
05 June 2007
Degussa is planning to build a production plant for the rigid polymethacrylimide foam Rohacell at its largest US site in Mobile, Alabama.
The new plant comprises an investment volume of about US$10 million and is scheduled to commence operation in mid-2008. Dr. Joachim Leluschko, president of the High Performance Polymers Business Unit: “Composites are an attractive global growth market. By expanding our production to North America, we're meeting the growing demand worldwide for Rohacell core materials for technical sandwich construction.”
Inspec Foams, Inc., of Allen, Texas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Degussa, will manufacture Rohacell in Mobile to the same quality as in Degussa's first and, until now, only plant in Darmstadt. The construction of local Rohacell production facilities is intended to considerably reduce lead times on the North American continent, and further enhance technical customer service.
Rohacell is a product of Degussa's High Performance Polymers Business Unit. With 1040 employees the business unit generated sales of €422 million in 2006.
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