Lanxess expand operations inNetherlands

Lanxess to expand operations in the Netherlands

3:18 AM, 27th September 2011
Lanxess to expand operations in the Netherlands
Axel C Heitmann, Chairman, Lanxess.


LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY/SITTARD-GELEEN, THE NETHERLANDS: Lanxess is investing €12 million to convert 50 per cent of its ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) synthetic rubber production in Geleen, the Netherlands, to innovative Keltan ACE technology. During 2013, the German specialty chemicals company will implement the new technology at the largest of its three production lines, which accounts for half of the total production capacity of 160,000 metric tonne per year in Geleen.

Compared with conventional production processes, Keltan ACE technology reduces energy requirements for rubber production and it does not require catalyst extraction as a result of high catalyst efficiency. Furthermore, the process enables the manufacture of new EPDM rubber grades.

In addition, LANXESS will set up a new headquarters in Geleen for its global EPDM Rubber business. The building will be constructed on the chemical industrial site Chemelot. Construction will start in the spring of 2012 and inauguration is planned for the beginning of 2013.

“The sustainable Keltan ACE technology, the new, modern headquarters for our EPDM business and the highly innovative environment of Chemelot Campus will help us on our course of expansion,” said Axel C Heitmann, Chairman, Lanxess.

Last week, LANXESS announced that it plans to commercially produce EPDM from bio-based ethylene by the end of the year. It will be the first form of bio-based EPDM rubber in the world and will be sold under the brand name Keltan Eco.  

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