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Evonik Industries, a major chemical company and manufacturer of 3D printing materials, has closed down its Witten site. The company produced polyphthalamide (PPA), synthetic nylon used in high-temperature applications at the German facility.
The reason behind the decision is to focus on Evonik’s new plant currently under construction at the Marl Chemical Park in North Rhine-Westphalia. At the Marl plant, the company manufactures VESTOSINT, a proprietary polyamide (PA12) powder used in 3D printing.
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The Witten plant of Evonik. Image via Evonik.
VESTOSINT, customizable PA12
RAG - Coal - Mining - Corporation - Germany
Created in 2007 after restructuring RAG, the largest coal mining corporation in Germany, Evonik is one of the largest speciality chemical producers. The company manufactures powders used in various 3D printing technologies. One product is VESTOSINT polyamide powder which can be customized for use in for SLS, High Speed Sintering (HSS), and Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing.
Evonik has been strengthening its 3D printing business, as earlier this year, the company acquired the Austin-based startup Structured Polymers, a producer of colored powders for SLS.
VESTOSINT - Facility - Construction - Marl - Chemical
The €400 million VESTOSINT facility has been under construction at Marl Chemical Park since 2018, where Evonik’s is now directing its resources.
Dr. Ralf Düssel, General Manager High Performance Polymers at Evonik, said, “Reorganizing our polyamide business will concentrate our production and innovative strengths on specialty materials for promising applications in attractive markets...
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