Lanxess’ first production line tire curing bladders in Asia

Lanxess’ first production line for tire curing bladders in Asia

6:10 AM, 17th November 2015
Lanxess’ first production line for tire curing bladders in Asia

COLOGNE, GERMANY: Lanxess AG said its Rhein Chemie additives business unit has opened a production line for rhenoshape tire curing bladders at its Chinese production site in Qingdao. With an investment of a low single-digit million euro amount Lanxess will expand its global production capacity for these high-performance products in a first step by around 10 percent.

“It is our first rhenoshape production line in Asia and opens up significant growth potential for us. Our customers place high value on their ability to source rhenoshape bladders locally,” said Philipp Junge, head of rubber additives business, Rhein Chemie Additives.

China is the world’s largest producer of tires. “We serve international tire manufacturers who produce their innovative tires in China and other Asian countries, such as Japan, Thailand and Malaysia,” Junge said.

The new production line is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to manufacture curing bladders for lightweight commercial vehicle tires and passenger car tires. It leverages the latest findings in bladder technology and provides customers with bladders from compression and injection presses.

Rhein Chemie Additives supplies the tire industry with a broad range of pre-dispersed polymer-bound additives, processing promoters, vulcanization and filler activators, anti-sun check waxes, release agents, tire marking inks and high-performance tire curing bladders, it said.

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