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2011-10-26

LANXESS expanding finishing capabilities for EPDM rubber in Orange, Texas

$7 million upgrade investment in EPDM finishing technology

LANXESS is investing $7 million in new, state-of-the-art finishing technology for ethylene-propylene-diene monomer (EPDM) rubber at its Orange, Texas, manufacturing plant.  The improvement project is currently underway and is expected to be completed in Q3 2012.  

“This investment, along with ongoing maintenance improvements, enhances the LANXESS Orange site EPDM manufacturing unit’s reliability, productivity, efficiency and quality, all of which ultimately result in better product quality and reliability for our customers,” said Guenther Weymans, head of LANXESS’ Technical Rubber Products business unit.

With the acquisition of DSM Elastomers in May, 2011, LANXESS is now the leading producer of EPDM rubber in the world, with production sites in Geleen, the Netherlands, Marl, Germany, Triunfo, Brazil, and Orange, Texas.  The Orange facility currently has a capacity of more than 60,000 metric tons per year of EPDM rubber.  

LANXESS has recently announced that it is investing EUR 12 million at its Geleen site to convert 50 percent of its EPDM rubber production in Geleen to innovative Keltan ACE technology.  Compared to conventional production processes, Keltan ACE technology reduces energy requirements for rubber production and it does not require catalyst extraction as a result of high catalyst efficiency.  Furthermore, the process enables the manufacture of new EPDM rubber grades.  

In addition, LANXESS aims to commercially produce EPDM rubber from bio-based ethylene by the end of the year at its plant in Triunfo, Brazil. LANXESS plans to use ethylene derived purely from Brazilian sugar cane.  Marketed as Keltan Eco, it will be the first form of bio-based EPDM rubber in the world.

EPDM is used primarily in the automotive industry, but also in plastics modification, wire and cable, construction, oil additives and other industries.


About LANXESS

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 8.8 billion in 2011 and currently around 16,800 employees in 30 countries. The company is at present represented at 49 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals. LANXESS is a member of the leading sustainable indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World and FTSE4Good.


Leverkusen,      2012


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