Pigment Production Lanxess Expands Pigment Plant in Ningbo, PR China
Lanxess adds mixing and milling capacities to its new Chinese pigment plant, currently under construction in Ningbo. These plans brings the total investment at Ningbo from around € 55 million to around € 60 million.
Shanghai/PR China – The new plant for iron oxide red pigments in Ningbo is being designed for an initial annual synthesis capacity of 25,000 metric tons. On the same site, Lanxess is building the mixing and milling plant for pigments with an annual capacity of 70,000 metric tons. 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.
At the same time, Lanxess will also close its existing mixing and milling operations in Taopu, Shanghai, with an annual capacity of 35,000 metric tons by the end of 2016. Shanghai City Council will be integrating the vacated plant grounds into a high-tech park in Shanghai’s Putuo District.
“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 percent,” says Jörg Hellwig, head of the Inorganic Pigments business unit (IPG) at Lanxess. “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 worldleading manufacturer of iron oxide pigments with a wide-ranging product portfolio for customers.”
Second Modern Pigment production for Lanxess in China
The new Lanxess plants in Ningbo on the East coast of China are located in the Ningbo Petrochemical Economic & Technological Development Zone (NPEDZ). This industrial area features an outstanding infrastructure and good logistical links and is one of the three largest and most modern in China.
The company already operates a synthesis plant in Jinshan, Shanghai, considered to be one of the largest, most modern facilities for iron oxide pigments in China. The plant has an annual production capacity of 38,000 metric tons of high-quality iron oxide yellow and iron oxide black pigments.