Lanxess to bypass biodegradable synthetic rubber

13 September 2009 02:33  [Source: ICIS news]

COLOGNE, Germany (ICIS news)--German rubber producer Lanxess has no plans to develop biodegradable synthetic rubber because of durability issues, chief executive Axel Heitmann said on Saturday.

“Down the road, we might look at the use of renewable-based feedstock such as sugar cane based butadiene but when it comes to developing biodegradable synthetic rubber, that might be a big challenge in applications especially in tyres where maintaining durability is very important,” Heitmann said during the company’s scientific colloquium celebrating the centennial of synthetic rubbers.

Lanxess said it also has no intention to move into the rubber recycling business.

Heitmann said synthetic rubber is already a sustainable material because of its high durability and flexibility in most applications.

Also, some tyres are being used as an energy source at the end of their life cycle, said Heitmann.

More than 300 people including industry officials, German politicians and economists attended the colloquium, which was declared by Lanxess as the first World Rubber Day.

To discuss issues facing the chemical industry go to ICIS connect
Bookmark Doris de Guzman’s Green Chemicals Blog for some independent thinking on green chemicals


By: Doris de Guzman
+1 713 525 2653



AddThis Social Bookmark Button

For the latest chemical news, data and analysis that directly impacts your business sign up for a free trial to ICIS news - the breaking online news service for the global chemical industry.

Get the facts and analysis behind the headlines from our market leading weekly magazine: sign up to a free trial to ICIS Chemical Business.

Printer Friendly