Lanxess expands Macrolex dyes capacity at Leverkusen site

Lanxess expands Macrolex dyes capacity at Leverkusen site

10:28 AM, 23rd February 2018
Lanxess expands Macrolex dyes capacity at Leverkusen site
Macrolex dyes are used for the coloration of numerous high-quality end products made of plastics such as car taillights, children’s toys or beverage bottles.

COLOGNE, GERMANY: Lanxess AG said that it will expand the capacity for Macrolex dyes at its Leverkusen site. With an investment volume of more than €5 million, the current production capacity is to be increased by 25 percent, which will be available by the end of 2018.

The soluble, organic dyes of the Macrolex brand are primarily used for the colouration of high-quality plastics products such as beverage bottles, electronic devices, car taillights and children’s toys. The products are utilized for colouring polystyrene (PS), polycarbonate (PC), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

The portfolio of the Lanxess colourant additives business comprises a total of 150 products and, in addition to Macrolex products, other high-quality colourants for use in a wide range of demanding applications, from liquid crystal displays to colourants in writing instruments. The business line supplies more than 800 customers worldwide with colourants and pigments.

“With this capacity expansion, we want to meet the growing global demand for high-quality dyes for the plastics industry. We see a significant increase in demand, especially in Asia,” said Philipp Junge, head of Lanxess’s Rhein Chemie business unit.

“There are also stricter regulatory requirements. Especially in sensitive areas of application, particularly products with high purity, for which Lanxess is the market leader, are more and more needed. The investment is also a clear commitment to the Leverkusen site. The expansion represents a significant investment into the Lanxess colourants business, which will also create additional jobs at Chempark Leverkusen,” added Dominik Risse, who is responsible for the colourant additives business at Lanxess.

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