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LANXESS at the ACS Rubber Expo, October 11 – 13, 2011, Cleveland, Ohio – booth #1600

Positioned for Future Demand of High-Performance Rubber

LANXESS, the world’s largest producer of synthetic rubber, will present its premium portfolio of high-performance products at the 2011 ACS Rubber Expo.  The business units Technical Rubber Products (TRP), Performance Butadiene Rubbers (PBR) and Rubber Chemicals (RUC) will highlight recent investments to meet growing worldwide demand, as well as the company’s strengthened commitment to produce premium synthetic rubbers from bio-based raw materials.


First bio-based EPDM rubber in the world

LANXESS has announced its aim to commercially produce ethylene-propylene-diene monomer (EPDM) from bio-based ethylene by the end of the year.  Branded as KELTAN® Eco, it will be the first form of bio-based EPDM rubber in the world.  LANXESS plans to produce this EPDM rubber using ethylene derived purely from sugar cane.  EPDM is used primarily in the automotive industry, but also in the plastics modification, cable and wire, construction and oil additives industries. 


LANXESS is already seeking alternative sources to produce butyl rubber, used predominantly in the tire industry.  Together with Colorado-based Gevo, Inc., LANXESS is developing isobutene from renewable resources starting with corn.  Isobutene is a key raw material needed in the manufacture of butyl rubber.


Capacity expansions worldwide

LANXESS has announced plans to build the largest Nd-PBR plant in the world in Singapore – a 140,000 metric tons per annum facility on Jurong Island Chemical Park. The company is also further expanding capacities at its Orange, Texas facility, providing for an increase of 20,000 metric tons of solution SBR (SSBR) and Nd-PBR rubbers, in addition to the expansions which have been already realized for Nd-PBR in Dormagen, Germany, and Orange, TX  and underway in Cabo, Brazil.  These expansions reflect the growing global demand for premium, high-performance rubbers. 


LANXESS is the leader in synthetic rubber for high-performance “green tires” – the fastest growing sector in the tire industry, with an annual global growth rate of about nine percent.  Thanks to LANXESS’s proprietary Nd-PBR technology, a higher performance tire can be made with improved dynamic fatigue, rolling resistance and treadwear. These result in increased fuel savings and longer lasting tires for the end consumer. LANXESS is also actively working on its proprietary in-chain functionalized solution SBR which improves rolling resistance and traction in traditional silica tread formulations. LANXESS will co-present a paper demonstrating how green tire performance can be achieved through the combination of its proprietary in-chain functionalized SSBR and surface modified carbon black.


LANXESS is also increasing capacities of BAYPREN® polychloroprene rubber by ten percent at its Dormagen, Germany, site.  The demand for this type of rubber is currently growing globally at an annual rate of roughly three percent.  Availability of the elastomer has been limited in the face of this growing demand.  Uses for the BAYPREN® product range include the production of cable sheathing, hoses, belts, seals and air springs. 


Production capacities for THERBAN® hydrogenated nitrile butadiene rubber (HNBR) are also being expanded at LANXESS facilities in Leverkusen, Germany, and Orange, Texas, by 40 percent.   The HNBR rubber market is currently growing globally at a double-digit annual rate.  THERBAN® elastomers are used, for example, in the automotive industry in the manufacture of v-belts and toothed belts and for the stator/rotor systems of drill heads in the oil extraction industry. 


The company is also expanding annual production capacity for its ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (EVM) line, sold under the brands LEVAPREN® and LEVAMELT®, by 30 percent.  This is in response to rising demand in the wire and cable industry, which manufactures flame-retardant halogen-free sheathing. 


Additionally, LANXESS and Taiwan’s TSRC Corporation are jointly investing in a new plant that will produce nitrile rubber (NBR) in Nantong, China.  The plant will have an initial capacity of 30,000 metric tons per year and is expected to start up in the first half of 2012.  NBR rubber is used in a wide range of applications such as seals, hoses for hydraulics and pneumatics, rubber gloves, elastic threads, as well as blankets for print cylinders and rolls.


External growth through acquisitions

In May, 2011, LANXESS completed the acquisition of DSM Elastomers, gaining production assets for EPDM rubber in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands, and Triunfo, Brazil, as well as the KELTAN® product line. 


In November, 2010, LANXESS acquired the primary accelerator business as well as the anti-reversion agent Perkalink 900 from Flexsys.


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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