Lanxess completes expansion works at its butyl rubber production in Zwijndrecht, Belgium: With capacities increased by ten percent and two new pilot plants, the expansion is a major project for the company's rubber business, Lanxess chairman Axel Heitmann stated.
Zwijndrecht/Belgium – The German speciality chemicals company Lanxess announced the capacity expansion (plus ten percent) at its Belgium butyl rubber facility has been completed ahead of schedule. In addition to the increased production capacity, two new new pilot plants were added at the site, enabling onsite personnel to research and develop production processes for butyl rubber. Currently, the plant mainly produces halobutyl rubber, a raw material for e.g. the production of tires.
“Technology That Serves the Global Megatrends”
“This investment underpins the major role that our butyl rubber production here in Zwijndrecht plays in our global strategy. Our plans for continued growth are founded on innovation and technology that serves the global megatrends – with the primary focus on solutions for sustainable mobility,” said Axel C. Heitmann, Chairman of the Board of Management at Lanxess, during the official opening.
In late 2011, Lanxess invested in a high–tech material productions in Brazil, where the emerging middle class creates a strong demand for the automotive industry.
Butyl Rubber – A Versatile Polymer
Butyl rubbers are used in tire inner liners - the innermost, air- and humidity-impermeable layer of a tubeless tire. The use of these speciality polymers helps to keep tire pressures constant over a long period,
providing additional safety as well as contributing to energy savings. Butyl rubbers can also be used in the tread of a tire allowing better grip and comfort. Special applications include protective clothing and medical devices. The use of butyl in chewing gum production represents one particularly interesting niche market, Lanxess explains