Arlanxeo to expand production capacities for chloroprene rubber

Excerpt: ARLANXEO is expanding its global chloroprenerubber (CR) production at the site in Dormagen, Germany

ARLANXEO is expanding its global chloroprenerubber (CR) production at the site in Dormagen, Germany. Theproduction capacity there will be increased to as much as 70,000 tonsper year overall that will be available to the market already during thefirst quarter of 2019. ARLANXEO is investing an upper single-digitmillion in the expansion project overall.

“The strong global demand for our chloroprene rubbers willcontinue in the coming years,” said Stefan Rittmann, head of theARLANXEO business line that produces CR and ManagingDirector of ARLANXEO Deutschland GmbH. Demand forchloroprene rubbers is growing by about four percent per year,particularly in Asia and especially in Greater China. Products withspecial properties are in particularly strong demand worldwide. “Atthe same time, this expansion represents a clear commitment toour biggest German site, Dormagen, from which we serve theglobal demand,” explained Rittmann.

The capacity expansion will be undertaken starting at Q2 2018.Within the expansion a production line will be renewed andequipped with new reactors, having a higher capacity. Thisensures ARLANXEO to optimize its existing processes and makeits production processes more flexible.

ARLANXEO produces and markets its chloroprene rubbers underthe Baypren and Baypren ALX brands. They are used, forexample, in the production of cable sheathing, belts, conveyorbelts and wetsuits, as well as in adhesive applications, and featurehigh weather, UV and oil resistance. Chloroprene rubbers areproducts of ARLANXEO’s High Performance Elastomers businessunit.

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