SDCmaterials, Inc. today announced the opening of their first High Volume Manufacturing (HVM) plant in Schwarzheide, Germany. The facility is located in the Schwarzheide Chemical Park, which currently houses 15 different small and large companies. Through the arrangement, SDCmaterials was able to lease commercial space and use established manufacturing infrastructure.
The plant encompasses production capacity for the fabrication, dispersion, and integration of SDCmaterials' advanced nano-materials into products for automotive catalysts, chemical catalysts, and advanced ceramic applications. If used solely for the production of automotive catalysts, the facility has the capacity to produce catalysts for up to five million catalytic converters per year.
"Establishing this HVM site for SDCmaterials was essential in order to demonstrate our manufacturing capabilities as well as preparing for pilot and HVM runs in conjunction with several of our customers being ready to place orders for commercial scale volumes," said Maximilian Biberger, CEO of SDCmaterials, "We are very pleased with this arrangement as the site's logistics and proximity to many of our key customers is ideal."
SDCmaterials was founded in July of 2004 and incorporated in April of 2007. The company's main offices are located in Tempe, Ariz., with additional facilities in the United Kingdom and Germany. SDCmaterials currently has more than 40 United States and foreign patents issued or pending.