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Lanxess to expand capacity of high-performance rubber

By Gerald Ondrey |

Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) has decided to expand the global capacity of its high-performance rubber Neodymium Polybutadiene (Nd-PBR). Lanxess will invest about €20 million to increase production by an additional 50,000 metric tons per year at its sites in Dormagen,Germany; Orange, Tex.; and Cabo, Brazil. The extra capacities will go on stream between the first quarter of 2011 and first quarter of 2012.  The additional capacity will serve the global demand for Nd-PBR, which is expected to grow annually by close to ten percent in the coming years. Without this capacity expansion, there would be a worldwide product shortage for this type of material by 2014. The positive development of Nd-PBR is being driven by the trend towards greater mobility — especially in Asia — as well as motorists, who are demanding higher environmental and safety standards in performance tires. The world’s leading tire manufacturers, who are supplied by Lanxess’ global rubber manufacturing network, are responding to this demand by expanding production in the BRIC markets.   In addition, the EU approved in November 2009 a new regulation, which stipulates that by November 2012 new tires sold…
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