Volume 90 Issue 37 | p. 16 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 10, 2012

Lanxess Slates Big Rubber Plant

Department: Business
Keywords: EPDM, rubber, China, investment

Lanxess will build in Changzhou, China, what it says will be the world’s largest ethylene propylene diene (EPDM) rubber plant. The German chemical maker says it will invest about $300 million in the facility, which will open in 2015 with annual capacity of 160,000 metric tons. Raw material ethylene and propylene will come from a methanol-to-olefins facility under construction near Lanxess’ site in the Changzhou Yangtze Riverside Industrial Park. The company notes that it has all necessary permits and that it is already building a $38 million leather chemicals plant in Changzhou. Lanxess became the world’s leading EPDM supplier, with 320,000 metric tons of capacity, after its acquisition of DSM Elastomers last year.

 
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