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Lanxess postpones Singapore production until 2014

By Gerald Ondrey |

Due to the continuing global economic crisis, specialty chemicals group Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) is postponing the construction of its new butyl rubber facility in Singapore. Production is now scheduled to start in 2014. Lanxess will use the time to finish developing an innovative technology for butyl rubber production that will then be used at the new facility. The 100,000 tpa plant originally planned for Singapore, which would have cost up to 400-million euros to build, had been due on stream in 2012.   “We expect the new capacity to be needed in 2014 at the earliest,“ says Lanxess board of management chairman Axel C. Heitmann in Singapore. “Deferring the project by two years will enable us to continue development work based on a recent technological breakthrough to the point where a new process can be deployed on an industrial scale. We can then use this process in the future butyl rubber production facility on Jurong Island. That way Singapore will have the world’s most modern plant with a unique process technology,” Heitmann added.  Development of the technology, which so far has been successfully tested only on a pilot scale, will be vigorously driven forward over…
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