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Lanxess Expands Rubber Capacity

by Alexander H. Tullo
March 15, 2010 | A version of this story appeared in Volume 88, Issue 11

Lanxess plans to expand capacity for neodymium polybutadiene rubber (Nd-PBR), a synthetic rubber used in tires, by 50,000 metric tons per year. The firm will spend $27 million on the improvement projects at its plants in Dormagen, Germany; Orange, Texas; and Cabo, Brazil. Work will be completed between the first quarter of next year and the first quarter of 2012. The Nd-PBR market is growing by 10% annually, the company says, and could face a shortage by 2014 without the expansions.

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