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Highlights Q2 2013

Image: Grand opening of Asia’s most modern butyl rubber plant in Singapore

Asia’s most modern butyl rubber plant opened in Singapore

At an official ceremony, LANXESS inaugurated its new butyl rubber plant on Jurong Island in Singapore. The company has invested around €400 million in the plant, which will have a capacity of 100,000 tons – making it the biggest capital expenditure in the company’s history to date. The facility is the most modern of its kind in Asia and will produce premium halobutyl rubber, as well as regular butyl rubber. LANXESS is thus the first butyl rubber manufacturer to have its own global production network. The butyl rubber facility in Singapore went into operation in the first quarter of 2013 and is being ramped up gradually. Commercial production will start in the third quarter of this year. The facility is expected to achieve full capacity utilization in 2015.

New leather chemicals plant inaugurated in China

LANXESS has started up on schedule a new leather chemicals plant in Changzhou. The company has invested €30 million in the facility, which will have an annual capacity of up to 50,000 tons and will strengthen LANXESS’s position as a leading supplier of sustainable leather chemicals in the Chinese market. The plant in Changzhou also sets new benchmarks for sustainability – not just through more efficient production methods, but also with regard to recycling and reduced emissions.

LANXESS streamlines portfolio and production network for rubber chemicals

As part of the announced measures to boost competitiveness at the Performance Chemicals segment’s international sites, production processes are being consolidated within the Rubber Chemicals business unit. The North American Bushy Park site is taking over production of the vulcanization accelerator Vulkacit CZ from the Belgian plant in Kallo. In return, production of Vulkacit DZ and Vulkacit NZ will be shifted from Bushy Park to Kallo. These changes will be implemented over the course of 2014. The business unit is also streamlining its product range and will therefore next year discontinue production of Vulkacit MOZ at the Kallo site. Manufacture of the antidegradants Vulkanox 3100 and Vulkanox DPPD will also be discontinued and the production site at Isithebe in South Africa closed.

LANXESS acquires Asian biocide specialist PCTS

Through the acquisition of Singapore-based PCTS Specialty Chemicals Pte. Ltd., LANXESS has become one of the leading suppliers of biocides for paints and coatings in the rapidly growing Asia-Pacific region. The company will gain access to new biocide applications and will benefit from PCTS’ product expertise and know-how in paints and coatings. PCTS specializes in the production of biocides for environmentally friendly, water-based paints that meet stringent health, safety and environmental standards. PCTS will be integrated into the Material Protection Products (MPP) business unit. Furthermore, the PCTS facility will become the new Asia-Pacific headquarters of MPP.

New headquarters for specialty rubber opened in the Netherlands

LANXESS has inaugurated the new headquarters of its Keltan Elastomers business unit in Sittard-Geleen in the Netherlands. With the new site the company is bringing together major portions of the management, administration, production, and research and development functions for its global business with ethylene-propylene-diene monomer high-performance rubber (EPDM rubber), marketed under the Keltan brand.

Image: New headquarters for specialty rubber in the Netherlands

LANXESS opens first production facility for high-performance bladders in Brazil

The Rhein Chemie business unit has opened a new facility for high-performance bladders (curing bladders) in Porto Feliz, Brazil. These bladders are used in tire production to give tires their final shape. The plant has an annual capacity of about 170,000 bladders made of butyl rubber, which LANXESS markets under the Rhenoshape brand. They have a much longer service life than conventional bladders and thus can be used to produce up to three times as many tires.

Image: LANXESS' first production facility