Materials Science

Evonik opens polyamide powder plant

Evonik Industries has opened another production line for specialty polyamide 12 powders (PA 12) of its VESTOSINT brand at the company’s largest global production site in Marl, Germany. The new facility primarily produces powders for the 3D printing market.

“Polyamide 12 is part of our strategic smart materials growth engine that involves optimizing the performance and efficiency of products with improved materials,” said Harald Schwager, deputy chairman of the executive board. “We significantly expanded our polyamide 12 powder plant in Marl in order to support the development of future-oriented technologies such as 3D printing with innovative solutions.”

The investment volume for the new VESTOSINT plant is in the mid-double-digit million Euro range. With the new plant, the company is reportedly increasing its existing annual capacities for PA 12 powders by 50%.

“The new production capacities will enable us to assume an even more prominent role in the global growth of attractive markets such as the coatings industry or 3D printing,” said Claus Rettig, chairman of the board of management. “In addition, we are able to develop new customized polymer powders even faster and more flexibly in order to support our customers’ strong growth and thus of our polyamide 12 powder business.”