Germany: Colorant Additives Lanxess Invests in Capacity Expansion for Macrolex Dyes
Lanxess announced an investment of approx. $ 6.2 million in the capacity expansion for Macrolex dyes at its Leverkusen site. The current production capacity is to be increased by 25 %, which will be available by the end of 2018.
Cologne/Germany — Philipp Junge, head of Lanxess’s Rhein Chemie business unit, explained the the capacity expansion was necessary in order to meet the growing global demand for high-quality dyes for the plastics industry, adding that the company sees a significant increase in demand, especially in Asia.
According to Dominik Risse, who is responsible for the Colorant Additives Business, there are stricter regulatory requirements, which could be met with the especially pure products manufactured at the site.
The soluble, organic dyes of the Macrolex brand are primarily used for the coloration of high-quality plastics products such as beverage bottles, electronic devices, car taillights and children’s toys. The products are utilized for coloring polystyrene (PS), polycarbonate (PC), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).