Rubber Additives Lanxess Opens Rubber Bladders Production in Brazil
Speciality rubbers for mobility mega–trend: Lanxess opens its first production facility for high performance rubber bladders in Brazil. The new plant shall produce around 170,000 bladders for automotive tires per year.
Porto Feliz/Brazil – Lanxess subsidiary Rhein Chemie invested € 10 million in the facility at Porto Feliz. In 2014, a new facility to manufacture predispersed polymer-bound rubber additives (Rhenogran), with a capacity of 1,800 metric tons per year, will be added.
„With this investment in Brazil, the world’s sixth largest economy, we reaffirm our focus on the emerging markets. We want to share in the positive development of the automotive and tire industries in Latin America”, said Rainier van Roessel, Board Member of Lanxess.
Tire Bladders: Outsourcing Trend Chance for Chemical Producers
More and more tire manufacturers are outsourcing bladder production in order to concentrate on their core business. The bladders made of butyl rubber, which Lanxess markets under the Rhenoshape brand, are inflated under high pressure and at high temperatures to give the tire its final shape.
Brazil is one of the fastest-growing markets for Lanxess: The country accounted for less than 1 percent of the company’s global sales in 2005 but now accounts for roughly 10 percent of global sales. German based Lanxess became one of the largest chemical companies in Brazil following its acquisition of Petroflex in 2008 and now employs roughly 1,100 workers at seven sites.