2018 key figures

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picto_globe  Inventor of highly dispersible silica

picto_sales  Net sales: €442 million*

*Financial figures take into account the announced divestment of Polyamides.

Main markets

Fuel-saving tires, industrial applications, personal care, nutrition products, food and animal nutrition

An innovation-based development and partnerships

We are considered the reference supplier of silica to manufacturers of energy-saving tires, including our latest generation Zeosil® premium product. The multiple properties of our silica simultaneously provide solutions to many other markets.

We are the only manufacturer of highly dispersible silica to have production sites with products of identical specifications in America, Europe, and Asia. To meet growing demand, we have increased our global production capacity by 40 percent over the past two years.

The reference in the “green” tire market

Highly Dispersible Silica (HDS), marketed in the Zeosil® range, has become the reference in the tire industry, especially for energy- saving tires. Used to improve tires’ rolling resistance, Zeosil®HDS products reduce a vehicle’s fuel consumption by 5 to 7%. The international development of the HDS technology is supported by the stringent demands of the many government standards governing the automotive and tire industries.

Continuous geographical growth

With a capacity of 85,000 tons, the future Silica plant in Poland will produce several ranges of Zeosil®, including Zeosil® Premium, a new generation of Highly Dispersible Silica for improving tire energy efficiency and performance.
The GBU is well positioned to support the growth of its customers in Central and Eastern Europe and in Russia.