Thirty years later, another isophorone unit was inaugurated in Herne, when on June 19, 2007, Evonik’s fourth isophorone chemical unit (three in Herne, one in Mobile) was put into operation after a record-breakingly short construction period. Evonik is a world market leader for isophorone, which is mainly used for manufacturing automotive paints and anti-corrosive substances.
1967 provided a further important momentum:
New Process in Weißenstein
At the Weißenstein plant of Österreichische Chemische Werke AG, today a site of Evonik Degussa Peroxid GmbH, the new hydrogen peroxide unit using the Degussa anthraquinone process was put into operation during the night of October 3. It was officially inaugurated on November 10 in the presence of Austrian chancellor Dr. Josef Klaus and the chairmen of Degussa’s Supervisory Board and Executive Board, Dr. Hermann Richter and Dr. Felix Prentzel, and superseded the old hydrogen peroxide unit operated using the electrolytic process. Today, Evonik Industries produces hydrogen peroxide at 13 sites worldwide; Weißenstein is the oldest production site. 50 YEARS AGO 1967