The new CyPlus Idesa sodium cyanide production plant was officially opened with an inauguration ceremony in Coatzacoalcos (Veracruz, Mexico) in the presence of Dr. Klaus Engel, chairman of the executive board of Evonik Industries and Patricio Gutiérrez Fernandez, chairman of CyPlus Idesa.
CyPlus Idesa is a joint venture between German Evonik and Mexican Grupo IDESA.
The new sodium cyanide plant has a capacity of 40,000 metric tons and uses state-of-the-art hydrocyanic acid and cyanide technologies. Special attention was dedicated to the compliance of all environmental and safety regulations, ensuring that production of sodium cyanide complies with the provisions of the “International Cyanide Management Code” (ICMC).
Gold and silver mining operations use sodium cyanide to extract precious metals from the mineral. Mexico is the number one producer of silver in the world and ranks among the top 15 producers of gold worldwide.
“The new local production facility will make us an even better and more flexible supplier for our customers in the region. The facility represents another important step in the growth strategy of Evonik,” said Engel.