Albany, New York - Global silicones group Momentive Performance Materials Inc. is to expand its plant and application development centre in Chennai, India. Momentive says the 15-acre site, which opened in 2009, focusses on manufacturing high-end speciality silicones to serve the growing needs of customers in India, the Middle East and South Asia.
"This investment represents a major step forward in our ability to grow the silicones business in India," said Craig O Morrison, chief executive officer, Momentive, in a 29 Feb company statement. "India is one of the world's fastest growing regions for automotive, construction, telecom and energy. Chennai, in particular, is developing into a significant centre for multiple industries."
"This expansion will bring some of the most sophisticated technology and manufacturing processes that Momentive has developed worldwide to the Chennai facility and considerably enhance our ability to serve customers across the region," said V.P. Nalian, managing director, Momentive Performance Materials India.
"This expansion will allow for the commercialization of a number of specialty silicone branded products," including Niaxadditives for polyurethane foam, and SilFORT hardcoats for automotive lighting and glazing as well as Magnasoft and Silsoft additives for personal care and textile applications, and Silwet products for agricultural use," said Dr Eric Thaler, chief technology officer, Momentive Performance Materials.
The Chennai expansion, along with the opening of a regional headquarters and global research and development centre in Bangalore later this year, is part of Momentive's long-standing commitment to India and the surrounding regions.