Lanxess expands dichlorobenzene capacity at Leverkusen site

Lanxess expands dichlorobenzene capacity at Leverkusen site

7:33 AM, 25th January 2013
Lanxess expands dichlorobenzene capacity at Leverkusen site
The additional crystallizer for the increasing of the dichlorobenzene production arrives at Lanxess’ Leverkusen site.

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY: Lanxess has increased its dichlorobenzene capacity by more than 15 per cent. It has done so by installing an additional crystallizer at the Leverkusen site, thereby enabling it to produce more high-purity para-dichlorobenzene for the global market. Some €3 million has been invested in the capacity expansion for this intermediate for the manufacture of high-performance plastics.

The Leverkusen production network of the Advanced Industrial Intermediates business unit converts toluene and benzene into chloroaromatics by adding chlorine. In addition to low chlorinated aromatics such as monochlorobenzene, this process also produces higher chlorinated aromatics such as dichlorobenzene (DCB).

“Based on our estimates, the market for PPS will continue to grow by six to eight per cent each year. We have expanded our capacity for dichlorobenzene, a very important starting material for PPS production, to grow along with our customers and ensure we are even better able to meet their requirements when it comes to reliability of supplies,” said Dr Dirk Mockel, Global Marketing Director, Chlorobenzenes, Derivatives & Monoisocyanates, Lanxess.

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