Lanxess hike menthol capacity at Krefeld-Uerdingen plant in Germany

Lanxess to hike menthol capacity at Krefeld-Uerdingen plant in Germany

5:42 PM, 27th July 2011
Lanxess to hike menthol capacity at Krefeld-Uerdingen plant in Germany
Groundbreaking ceremony. (L to R) Dr Heinz Jurgen Bertram, Dr Lutz Heuer and Dr Hubert Fink.

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY: Lanxess started work on expanding its menthol facility, capacity of the Krefeld-Uerdingen plant, in Germany to be doubled to meet the increasing demand on the world markets. Completion of the project is scheduled for the first half of 2012.

“The additional quantities of thymol, crude menthol and D,I-menthol will allow our long-time contract partner Symrise to enter into long-term supply agreements,” said Dr Hubert Fink, Head of the Advanced Industrial Intermediates business unit (AII), Lanxess.

Lanxess supplies Symrise with menthol and the menthol precursor thymol in the full range of grades, also in purities needed by the pharmaceutical industry. Symrise turns these products into scents and flavourings for the world market.

The extended production facility will make use of a new, highly efficient catalyst developed by Lanxess research team. An energy recovery unit will be installed that has been developed together with the Lanxess Innovation group function. It will further improve the energy balance (CO2 footprint) for menthol. 

As part of the construction project, three large distillation columns will be erected in fall 2011. The largest will be about 50 metre tall, designed by Lanxess engineers specifically for this purpose.

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