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.

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