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Rhodia's China Projects Aim to Capture Asian Growth

1:36 PM MDT | October 26, 2010 | Ian Young

Rhodia inaugurated a €50-million plant at Qingdao, China last week for the production of highly dispersible silicas used in energy-efficient tires. The 72,000-m.t./year plant is based on Rhodia’s proprietary technology and its products reduce rolling resistance in tires, enabling a 5%-7% cut in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by light vehicles, the company says. The Qingdao plant increases Rhodia’s worldwide capacity for highly dispersible silicas by more than 30%, to 300,000 m.t./year and is the company’s fifth plant for those products...

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