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Lanxess investing in its French production site for tire rubbers  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) is investing in its production site for high-performance rubber in Port Jérôme, France. The Group plans to invest some EUR 30 million by 2015 to further enhance productivity and energy efficiency. Lanxess produces the high-performance rubbers neodymium-polybutadiene (Nd-PBR) and solution styrene-butadiene (SSBR) at the site. These rubber grades are used primarily for the production of “green tires”. “The production of high performance rubbers in Port Jérôme plays a key role in our global strategy. We support global megatrends with our innovations and technologies. A particular focus here is solutions for sustainable mobility,” said Axel C. Heitmann, chairman of the Board of Management of Lanxess AG, at a celebration of the site’s 50th anniversary. Lanxess is the global market leader in synthetic high-performance rubber for “green tires”. With annual growth rates of around 10%, this is the fastest-growing segment of the global tire industry. Increasing demand for “green tires” is being driven by the megatrend of mobility, particularly in Asia and Latin America. Lanxess also expects increased demand in Europe…
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