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Cabot Extends Dow Corning Relationship with Capacity Expansion in Europe

Production capacity at the site has been increased by 25 %. The expansion is part of a three-year plan started in 2011 to increase Cabot’s global fumed metal oxide capacity by 35 to 40 %. This expansion project is an extension of Cabot’s long-term relationship with Dow Corning. Fumed silica is an ultra-fine, high-purity particle used as a reinforcing, thickening, abrasive, thixotropic, suspending, or anti-caking agent. The material is highly versatile and used in a wide-range of end-market applications for the automotive, construction, microelectronics and consumer products industries. Fumed silica helps improve the performance of adhesives, sealants, cosmetics, inks, toners, silicone rubber, coatings, polishing slurries, and pharmaceuticals. Cabot currently has six fumed silica manufacturing facilities globally, including two in the United States (Tuscola, Ill., and Midland, Mich.), two in Europe (Barry/Wales/GB and Rheinfelden/DE), and two in Asia (Jiangxi Province/CN and Mettur/IN). (3/2013)


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