“By investing in growth and modernization in Germany, we are strengthening our foothold in important markets of the future,” said Klaus Engel, chairman of Evonik’s Executive Board. “Favorable conditions for investment are by no means a given. I would like to see greater understanding among policy-makers for the necessary competitiveness of our industry, entailing, for example, improvements in the transportation infrastructure, the transition to renewable energy sources, and the expansion of digital networks.”
Evonik is planning further large-scale projects in Germany. One of these is the construction of a new plant for production of specialty copolyesters in Witten by 2018 with an investment in the double-digit million euro range. As part of the global production initiative for specialty silicones, Evonik intends to invest in production for these products in Essen once again. A new silane research center is currently being built in Rheinfelden that is slated to be completed in 2016.
In the 2014 financial year, €2.8 billion or 22% of consolidated sales was generated in Germany. The company employs approximately 21,000 people in its home country. In Marl, Evonik’s largest site worldwide with a workforce of close to 7,000, a production facility for C4-based raw materials was completed in 2015. In Essen, the company put a new manufacturing plant for polymeric dispersants into operation and expanded a plant in which specialty silicones are produced.