14 May 2013 16:26 [Source: ICIS news]
CAMPINAS, Brazil (ICIS)--Specialty chemicals producer LANXESS, through its subsidiary Rhein Chemie, has opened a new production facility for high-performance bladders, the company said on Tuesday.
The facility in the city of Porto Feliz, Sao Paulo, has a 170,000 bladders/year capacity and was inaugurated on Monday, it said in a statement.
"We want to share in the positive development of the automotive and tyre industries in Latin America," said board member Rainier van Roessel.
Brazil has launched several stimulus packages to boost its economy, including the Inovar-Auto program, which aims to develop Brazil's productive chain in the automobile industry.
LANXESS also plans to expand its Porto Feliz plant to produce pre-dispersed polymer-bound rubber additives to an 1,800 tonnes/year capacity, the German-based producer said.
Altogether, investments should reach €10m ($13m), the company said.
"More and more tyre manufacturers are outsourcing bladder production in order to concentrate on their core business," the company said in a statement.
Curing bladders are used to make tyres.
The bladders made of butyl rubber are inflated under high pressure and at high temperatures to give the tyres its final shape.
"They have a much longer service life and thus can produce up to three times more tyres," it said.
LANXESS said the improved thermal conductivity of the bladder compound, as well as other factors, boost the quality of the tyre, increasing its safety and rolling resistance and fuel consumption.
LANXESS employs about 1,100 workers in seven sites.
($1 = €0.77)
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