Marseille, France (PortSEurope) January 11, 2018 – An agreement has been signed to start final negotiations for China’s Quechen Silicon Chemical Co., Ltd, to build a silica production facility in Fos-sur-Mer, Marseille.
For the last two years, Quechen Silicon Chemical has been looking for a site to build a combined platform to produce 90,000 Mt/y of high dispersion silica (HDS ), as well as related raw materials, and develop an R & D centre.
Christine Cabau Woehrel, President of the Management Board of the Grand Port Maritime of Marseille Fos said, “Quechen Silicon Chemical’s investment size will require abundant resources in terms of land, energy, industrial water and international connectivity. Our port, the first in France, today has major assets on a European scale to host projects of international investors likely to shine in Europe but also to Africa and the Middle East”.
The President added, “Chosen from 28 sites identified in Europe, the port of Marseille Fos welcomes this upcoming establishment in the industrial-port area of Fos-sur-Mer. This success is shared with all the institutional and private actors of the territory, since in addition to its land reserves and its deep-water port in Fos, it is the attractiveness of our region that has seduced the N°3 world of silica”.
The Chinese company plans to invest nearly €100 million ($119.34 million) which could create 130 direct jobs.
The agreement was signed on January 9 on the occasion of French President Macron’s visit to Beijing.
Quechen Silicon Chemical Co., Ltd. manufactures and sells silica in China and internationally. It offers conventional silica, granular silica, easy dispersion silica, and low polymerizing and high dispersion silica for rubber industry; C series of silica for feed additives; and silica for oral care.
Source: Marseille Fos
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