Germany: Speciality Compounds Lanxess to Build New Plant for High-Performance Plastics
Lanxess announced that it was going to build another compounding facility for high-performance plastics at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site, Germany.
Cologne/Germany — Starting in the second half of 2019, the company will produce Durethan and Pocan engineering plastics, which are used primarily in the automotive as well as the electrical and electronics industry. In addition, a warehouse and a silo facility will be built. Construction will begin in the fourth quarter of 2018 and the investment will create around 20 new jobs at the Krefeld-Uerdingen site.
Hubert Fink, Member of the Board of Management said that the high-performance plastics business was a central pillar of their growth strategy. The manufacturer already operates a polymerization and compounding plant for high-performance plastics in Krefeld-Uerdingen. In March 2018 the company put a new line for the production of specialty compounds into operation there.
Krefeld-Uerdingen is the company's central production platform for high-performance plastics, especially for the European markets. The new plant in Krefeld-Uerdingen will be designed so that it can be expanded in the coming years.
Lightweight Solutions for Modern Mobility
Lanxess' high-performance plastics allow the construction of components that replace metal parts in motor vehicles and thus contribute to reducing weight, fuel consumption and emissions. The materials are used, for example, in engine applications, door structures, pedals, front ends and cockpit cross members. Depending on the part, the lightweight construction can make a weight-saving of up to 50 %.
There are also many applications for these plastics in hybrid and electric vehicles, some of which are already successful in mass production. These include components for charging systems, carriers and cell holders for battery systems as well as sensors and housing parts for electric motors. The materials also have great potential in electro mobility infrastructure, such as in housing, switches and terminal clips for charging stations.
Expansion for High-Performance Plastics
The German producer is highly backward integrated in the value chain of high-performance plastics. The company produces the precursors for its engineering plastics, like glass fibers for the PA and PBT compounds and the polyamide 6 monomer caprolactam, all in its own plants.
In recent years, the company has continuously expanded its compounding capacities so that the company can process most of the intermediates it produces into high-performance plastics itself in its global plant network. The specialty chemicals company is currently also building a new compounding plant in Changzhou, China, which is scheduled to come on stream in the second quarter of 2019.