Chinese expertise in red is almost proverbial and for Lanxess a 60 million Euro investment worth. In the first quarter of 2016, the company will produce saturated red iron oxide pigments in Ningbo/China.
Ningbo, Shanghai/China – China is the world’s major iron oxide pigments consumer. The country’s closer focus on sustainable development is leading to rising demands for environment-friendly premium iron oxide pigments – particularly for red pigment production. In the first quarter of 2016, Lanxess will produce highly saturated red iron oxide pigments at its new plant for inorganic pigments in Ningbo/China.
According to the company the new plant will be the role model for an environmentally friendly and safe production of high-quality iron oxide red pigments, not only in China. Highest product quality, sustainable production and resource-saving management of raw materials can be achieved by using the patented and newly developed Ningbo Process.
Mixing and Milling Plant for Inorganic Pigments
The total investment at the Ningbo site is around EUR 60 million for an initial annual synthesis capacity of 25,000 metric tons. On the same site, Lanxess is building a mixing and milling plant for inorganic pigments with an annual capacity of 70,000 metric tons and has created a total of around 200 new jobs with these two plants which are scheduled to start production in the first quarter of 2016.
“The new plant manifests our continuous investments into new technologies and capacity expansions. It not only expands our global production capacity but furthermore strengthens our position as a reliable partner to the customers industries with a broader product portfolio, especially with our New Red pigments range”, said Joerg Hellwig, Head of Lanxess Inorganic Pigments business unit.