Lanxess strengthening iron oxide pigments production network in China
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Lanxess to increase iron oxide pigments capacity in China

11:40 AM, 11th September 2014
Lanxess strengthening iron oxide pigments production network in China

COLOGNE, GERMANY/SHANGHAI, CHINA: Specialty chemicals group Lanxess is strengthening its production network in China to meet the high level of demand for iron oxide pigments and is adding a mixing and milling plant to the pigment plant already under construction in Ningbo. Lanxess is creating a total of roughly 200 new jobs with these two plants. Potential customers for the iron oxide pigments are the coatings, plastics, construction and paper industries. This brings the total investment at the Ningbo site from around €55 million to around €60 million.

The new plant for iron oxide red pigments in Ningbo, which has been built to the latest environmental standards, is being designed for an initial annual synthesis capacity of 25,000 metric tonne. On the same site, Lanxess is building the mixing and milling plant for pigments with an annual capacity of 70,000 metric tonne. This plant will also process raw pigments from other Lanxess sites for the Asian market. The plants are scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015 and to start production in the first quarter of 2016.

“The trend towards urbanization is continuing unabated. Our decision to significantly expand our plant in Ningbo is based on the fact that the global demand for iron oxide pigments is growing at an annual rate of around three per cent. In addition to our Jinshan/Shanghai site in China, we will then have another very strong base for our global production network. By doubling our milling capacities in China, we are strengthening our position as a world-leading manufacturer of iron oxide pigments with a wide-ranging product portfolio for customers,” said Jorg Hellwig, Head of the Inorganic Pigments business unit, Lanxess.

 

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