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Lanxess starts up new nitrile butadiene rubber plant in China  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) has started up on schedule a nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) plant in Nantong, China, as part of its 50:50 joint venture with Taiwan’s TSRC Corp. The two companies have jointly invested $50 million (approximately €39 million) in the new plant, which has an initial annual capacity of 30,000 metric tons (m.t.). Some 100 new jobs have been created through the investment. China is the world’s biggest and fastest-growing NBR market, with a compound annual growth rate of approximately 10%. Demand is above all being driven by the automotive and construction industries. “The new plant is the most modern of its kind in Asia and will address the needs of the two leading megatrends in China — rapid urbanization and growing mobility,” says Axel C. Heitmann, Chairman of the Board of Management at Lanxess, during the official opening ceremony. The two partners set up a joint venture in May 2010 called Lanxess-TSRC (Nantong) Chemical Industrial Co. and supplied Chinese customers with NBR produced at Lanxess’ La Wantzenau site in France until the start-up of the Nantong plant. The new plant is built on an area of around 40,000 square meters and is located…
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