Plastics Production Lanxess Opens High-Tech Plastics Plant in Brazil
Lanxess inaugurated its new high-tech plastics plant in Porto Feliz, Brazil. The specialty chemicals company has invested around € 20 million (R$ 62 million) in the facility, which will initially have an annual capacity of 20,000 metric tons. Up to 50 highly-skilled jobs will be created.
São Paulo/Brasil, Cologne – The new plant is supporting above all the growing demand toward products for the megatrend mobility in Latin America. For example in Brazil, the fourth largest automotive market globally, a governmental program called “Inovar-Auto” has been implemented in early 2013. It offers fiscal incentives for OEMs that strengthen their production as well as their investments in research and development in Brazil and produce cars which are more energy efficient. With the new facility, Lanxess is able to meet the local demand for high-tech plastics used in the automotive sector more quickly and more efficiently.
"This major investment in a state-of-the-art compounding plant underlines our strong commitment to our customers in Brazil and Latin America, who can now count on local production, engineering and technical services as well as excellent product quality and customer service," said Werner Breuers, member of the Lanxess Board of Management.
In the new compounding plant, the basic polymers polyamide (PA) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) are mixed and refined with special additives and glass fiber, according to client requirements, to make the high-tech plastic product lines Durethan and Pocan. These innovative materials are used for the manufacturing of much lighter parts, which can replace metal components in vehicles, thus helping to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Porto Feliz is a large site for Lanxess with 310 employees. The business unit Rhein Chemie has been producing rubber additives for about ten years there. Since 2013, it also makes high-performance bladders at the site. In 2014, a new facility to manufacture pre-dispersed polymer-bound rubber additives will be added. The business unit Inorganic Pigments also houses a production unit at the site.
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