Evonik has begun producing fumed silica at its Antwerp, Belgium, plant complex. The silica, marketed as Aerosil is suitable for paints and coatings, advanced adhesive systems, transparent silicones, and nonflammable high-performance insulation materials. According to the company, silica is one of the company’s four strategic growth engines with above average market growth at about 4 percent annually. That growth is greater than the global economy’s growth as a whole. Evonik, Essen, Germany, is a global manufacturer of silica products as well as other specialty chemicals.