17 September 2012 17:48 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--LANXESS has opened a $20m (€15m) compounding plant in Gastonia, North Carolina, its first such plant in the US, the company said on Monday.
The plant will use polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) and polyamides to produce 20,000 tonnes/year of such LANXESS products as Durethan and Pocan, the company said. The resins could also be combined additives and glass fibres.
The products will be used in the automobile industry to make body parts, oil pans, coolant pipes, battery housings, steering rods, pedals and pedal brackets, LANXESS said.
“With our new plant in Gastonia, we are now really close to our US automotive customers and can support them in the development of lightweight, energy-saving vehicles even better than before,” according to a statement by Axel Heitmann, LANXESS chief executive.
LANXESS is opening the plant as plastics demand is increasing among automobile producers.
Automobile companies are replacing metal parts with plastic ones so they can produce lighter-weight vehicles, which consume less fuel and emit fewer emissions.
At the same time, plastic parts give more flexibility to automobile designers, and they lower production costs, LANXESS said.
($1 = €0.76)
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