Europe: Expansion for Lubricant Additives Capacity Expansion Secures Lanxess Position Among Top Lubricant Additives Producers

Editor: Dominik Stephan

German specialty chemicals company Lanxess has boosted its capacity for sulfur carriers in two European countries by 20 percent each. This ambitious programme places the company among the top 3 suppliers for industrial lubricant additives.

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As a supplier for industries across the board, Lanxess subsidiary Rhein Chemie offers a range of active ingredient compounds and specialty chemicals for the rubber, lubricant and plastics industries.
As a supplier for industries across the board, Lanxess subsidiary Rhein Chemie offers a range of active ingredient compounds and specialty chemicals for the rubber, lubricant and plastics industries.
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Cologne/Germany – Lanxess has invested several million Euros in the expansion of its capacities for light-colored sulfur carriers at its sites in Mannheim, Germany, and Kallo, near Antwerp, Belgium. For the Rhein Chemie Additives (ADD) business unit, this step strengthens its position in the market segment for highly specialized industrial lubricant additives. Light-colored sulfur carriers are used as additives in formulating high-performance metalworking fluids and gear oils that ensure good lubrication between metal surfaces at very high pressures.

“Our high capacities for light-colored sulfur carriers make us one of the top 3 global suppliers. And we want to move to the front of the field in the future,” said Dr. Martin Säwe, head of the Lubricant Additives business line within Lanxess’ ADD business unit. “We have now expanded the capacity of our production plant for light-colored sulfur carriers at our Mannheim site by about 20 percent,” Säwe explained. The investment was completed in late 2015 and totaled € 1.5 million. Production capacity in Kallo was increased by a comparable amount by means of process optimization. The plant in Mannheim was intentionally designed for future expansion. “This means we are prepared for any necessary increases,” said Säwe.

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