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New production line for thermoplastic specialty compounds in Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany

LANXESS has commissioned a new production line for the manufacture of specialty compounds at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site. Photo: LANXESS AG
LANXESS has commissioned a new production line for the manufacture of specialty compounds at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site. Photo: LANXESS AG
  • Capacity expansion by 10,000 metric tons/year
  • Total investment: approximately seven million euros
  • Increasing demand in the automotive and electrical/electronic industries
  • Tailor-made for highly reinforced and flame-retardant compounds

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has now commissioned a new production line for the manufacture of specialty compounds at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site. The company has invested approximately seven million euros in expanding the production capacities of its engineering plastics. LANXESS is thus expanding its position as one of the world’s leading suppliers and developers of high-performance compounds based on polyamide 6, polyamide 66 and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT).

The new line has an annual capacity of up to 10,000 metric tons. At the Krefeld-Uerdingen site, it complements the compounding lines designed for the production of Durethan polyamide compounds and PBT compounds of the Pocan brand. “With this investment, we are responding in particular to the development of new forms of mobility such as electromobility, but also to trends in the electrical and electronic industry such as the Industry 4.0, which are leading to a growing demand for complex thermoplastic compounds,” explains Dr. Michael Zobel, Head of LANXESS’s High Performance Materials business unit.

State-of-the-art equipment

The new production line includes a high-performance twin-screw extruder with a modern raw material feeding, precise dosing and an efficient cooling and classifying technology. “The extruder provides all the equipment necessary for the economical production of high-quality compounds,” explains Dr. Stefanie Nickel, Head of Compounding in the High Performance Materials business unit. “The line is very well suited, for example, for our glass fiber-reinforced polyamides, which are used in the structural lightweight design of automobiles.” It is also suitable for the production of compounds with high mineral content, which are used in thermally conductive housing parts, for example for the miniaturization of electronic assemblies. “We also see great potential in flame-retardant compounds, for example for components in electric drives,“ Nickel continues.

Compounding facilities in all major economic regions

In addition to its German sites in Krefeld-Uerdingen and Hamm-Uentrop, LANXESS operates compounding lines in all relevant economic regions worldwide to supply its international customers – for example in Wuxi, China, in Jhagadia, India, in Gastonia, USA, and in Porto Feliz, Brazil. In 2019, LANXESS will open another compounding plant in Changzhou, China, with an annual capacity of around 25,000 metric tons. With its world scale production facilities in Krefeld-Uerdingen and Antwerp, the specialty chemicals group is one of the world’s largest producers of polyamide 6 base resins.

Forward-Looking Statements
This company release contains certain forward-looking statements, including assumptions, opinions, expectations and views of the company or cited from third party sources. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause the actual results, financial position, development or performance of LANXESS AG to differ materially from the estimations expressed or implied herein. LANXESS AG does not guarantee that the assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements are free from errors nor does it accept any responsibility for the future accuracy of the opinions expressed in this presentation or the actual occurrence of the forecast developments. No representation or warranty (expressed or implied) is made as to, and no reliance should be placed on, any information, estimates, targets and opinions, contained herein, and no liability whatsoever is accepted as to any errors, omissions or misstatements contained herein, and accordingly, no representative of LANXESS AG or any of its affiliated companies or any of such person’s officers, directors or employees accept any liability whatsoever arising directly or indirectly from the use of this document.LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 9.7 billion in 2017 and about 19,200 employees in 25 countries. The company is currently represented at 74 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. Through ARLANXEO, the joint venture with Saudi Aramco, LANXESS is also a leading supplier of synthetic rubber. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good.

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