16 April 2013 04:04 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Germany’s specialty chemicals LANXESS started up its 50,000 tonne/year leather chemicals plant on Tuesday in Changzhou, east China, the company announced.
The construction of the plant, located in Changzhou Yangtze Riverside Industrial Park, started in July 2011, and the start-up was on schedule.
LANXESS has invested €30m ($39m) in the facility, and it is the largest of its kind in China and it will strengthen LANXESS’ position as a sustainable leather chemicals provider in the local market, according to the company.
The plant will produce the full range of premium LANXESS leather chemicals for the local Chinese market.
“China is the world’s single largest leather chemical market and the country has become the world’s largest producer of leather products and one of the major consumers,” said Axel C. Heitmann, chairman of the board of management in LANXESS AG.
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