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Lanxess expands butyl-rubber capacity in Belgium

By Gerald Ondrey |

Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) will expand the production capacity of its butyl rubber plant in Zwijndrecht, Belgium, by 10% to meet growing global demand for regular butyl and halobutyl synthetic rubber. The company will invest €20 million to increase capacity by an extra 14,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr). The current capacity of the plant is about 135,000 m.t./yr. The expansion will mainly take place during a scheduled turnaround of the plant in the third quarter of 2011 and is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2012. The plant will produce a superior quality of butyl rubber, which underlines Lanxess’ standing as the global technology leader for synthetic rubber. “Overall demand for butyl rubber has returned to pre-crisis levels already this year,” says Axel C. Heitmann, chairman of the board of management of Lanxess. “And in the coming decade, we expect demand to grow further so that the new capacities in Antwerp and from our upcoming plant in Singapore will be fully absorbed by the market.” The new capacities will help serve the rising demand for tires that is being driven by the global mega-trend towards greater mobility. Especially the growing middle-class…
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