LANXESS doubles synthetic rubber capacity at Brazil complex

18 October 2012 22:59  [Source: ICIS news]

RIO DE JANEIRO (ICIS)--LANXESS has doubled the capacity of a type of synthetic rubber made at its Cabo de Santo Agostinho complex in Pernambuco, Brazil, the company said on Thursday.

The plant now produces 40,000 tonnes/year of neodymium polybutadiene rubber (NdPBR), the Germany-based chemicals group said during a corporate event.

LANXESS's NdPBR production is part of its larger green mobility programme to produce rubber that improves the performance of tyres. Such tyres would reduce fuel consumption without sacrificing braking distances or durability.

"We need to have more mobility with less resources", said Axel Heitmann, LANXESS CEO.

Heitmann said the company has made investments of reais (R) 75m (€28m, $37m) in Brazil as part of its green mobility programme.

In addition to Cabo de Santo Agostinho, LANXESS also has Brazilian plants in Duque de Caxias, Porto Feliz and Triunfo.

In Triunfo, LANXESS produces ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber made from ethylene derived from sugarcane-based ethanol.

($1 = R2.03)
($1 = €0.77)

By: Leo Siqueira
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