Press release
January 10, 2014

Explosion at Mitsubishi Material Corporation Yokkaichi plant

On January, 9th 2014, there was an explosion at Mitsubishi Material Corporation’s Yokkaichi plant. In this accident five people died and 12 have been injured. Mitsubishi Materials Corporation (MMC) is a longtime and very good business partner of Evonik. The accident makes us deeply saddened. We share the grief of the victims’ families and wish the injured all the best. MMC is located in the vicinity of Nippon Aerosil Company Ltd and supplying the raw material silicon tetrachloride for the production of AEROSIL® fumed silica.

In this unfortunate incident, it is still our task to report that there is no injury to employees or damage to Nippon Aerosil Company's plant. Consequently, from today’s perspective we do not foresee supply problems with AEROSIL® grades. In case the material loop with MMC stops, our site can continue to operate.

Safety of our employees and continuous supply are of prime importance to Evonik Industries. We will keep you informed as new information becomes available.