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Lanxess strengthens commitment to Brazilian automotive sector  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Lanxess AG (Levewrkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) is strengthening its commitment to Brazil with three major new investments totaling roughly €30 million, which will create more than 100 jobs. The investments will support the growing trend toward green mobility in the Latin American country. Lanxess’ high-tech materials will offer innovative solutions to the growing local automotive market. The three investments include the construction of two new plants at Lanxess’ Porto Feliz site in the State of São Paulo. One is for the production of the high-tech engineering plastics Durethan and Pocan — used primarily by the automotive industry to make cars lighter and more fuel-efficient. The new plant, which will be run by the business unit Semi-Crystalline Products, will have an initial capacity of 20,000 metric tons (m.t.) per year. The plant will go on stream in the middle of 2013. The other new Porto Feliz plant will produce the rubber additives Rhenogran as well as Rhenoshape curing bladders. Rhenogran pre-dispersed rubber additives can significantly improve the quality and durability of a rubber product, while Rhenoshape bladders are used by the tire industry to give tires their final shape and properties.…
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