The green blog might have to postpone the BIO interviews to next week due to deadlines this week. For now, I'll post bits and pieces of news that are already clogging the blog's draft box, starting with this announcement from German specialty chemical company Lanxess.
Lanxess said demand for phthalate-free plasticizers is growing so the company is expanding capacity for its Mesamoll plasticizer, which are alkanesulfonic acid esters, by 40% at Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany.
The plasticizer is said to be compatible with a wide range of polymers such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), rubber and polyurethane. Lanxess said sales of Mesamoll are growing at 15%/year, stronger than the overall plasticizer market (wonder what's the current growth for plasticizers...).
The newly expanded capacity will come onstream at the end of 2010.