Situated on the premises of Nippon Aerosil in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, Evonik Monosilane Japan has completed construction of a new silane plant and inaugurated operations.

A subsidiary of German chemical producer Evonik Industries, the investment by Evonik Monosilane Japan comes in at around ¥20bn and was completed on 3rd June.

The plant will produce around 1000 tons of silane per year and the company plans to establish sales centres throughout Asia – the focal point of demand for silane. In fact, The Gas Review (TGR) estimates that the demand for silane in Asia for 2011 should be up by more than 5% over the previous year, amounting to 2,900 tons.

The Evonik Group is constructing a silane plant in Rheinfelden, Germany and Evonik has signed a long-term, 10-year supply contract with Taiyo Nippon Sanso under which the amount produced will be sold to the Japanses Tier One gases company.

Of the demand in Asia for silane, TGR notes that Taiwan and Korea respectively account for around 900 tons (per year) with a potential for growth foreseen.