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Projects in China Drive Rhodia’s Asian Expansion Plans

8:42 AM MDT | October 29, 2010 | ian young

Rhodia has inaugurated a €50-million ($70 million) plant at Qingdao, China for highly dispersible silicas used in energy-efficient tires. The 72,000-m.t./year plant employs Rhodia’s proprietary technology and its products reduce rolling resistance in tires, enabling a 5%-7% cut in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from light vehicles, Rhodia says. The Qingdao plant increases Rhodia’s worldwide capacity for highly dispersible silicas more than 30%, to 300,000 m.t./year and is the company’s fifth plant for those products. The company also...

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