Rheinfelden, Germany -- Evonik Industries has broken ground on an R&D centre for silanes.
Due to begin operations in 2016, it will include application engineering, analytics and quality management operations to complement its already-established Rheinfelden silanes chemical production network.
Silanes, used as monomers during the synthesis of resins, form a key component of adhesives and sealants as well as tyre production and construction said Evonik.
According to the company website, isocyanates and secondary aminosilanes from Evonik’s Dynasylan range, are used to form “end-capped polyurethanes” and also as polymer crosslinkers.
Peter Dettelmann, site head, said the company’s R&D efforts will provide systems for “protecting buildings from corrosion and dirt, enable fuel-saving tyres and longer-lasting paints."