20 March 2018
20 March 2018
LANXESS has commissioned a new production line for the manufacture of speciality thermoplastic compounds at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site in Germany.
The company, a leading suppliers of high-performance compounds based on polyamide 6, polyamide 66 and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), has invested approximately €7 million in expanding the production capacities of its engineering plastics.
The new line has an annual capacity of up to 10,000 tonnes. At the Krefeld-Uerdingen site, it complements the compounding lines designed for the production of Durethan polyamide compounds and PBT compounds of the Pocan brand.
“With this investment, we are responding in particular to the development of new forms of mobility such as electromobility, but also to trends in the electrical and electronic industry such as the Industry 4.0, which are leading to a growing demand for complex thermoplastic compounds,” explains Dr Michael Zobel, Head of LANXESS’s High Performance Materials business unit.
The new production line includes a high-performance twin-screw extruder with a modern raw material feeding, precise dosing and an efficient cooling and classifying technology.
“The extruder provides all the equipment necessary for the economical production of high-quality compounds,” explains Dr Stefanie Nickel, Head of Compounding in the High Performance Materials business unit. “The line is very well suited, for example, for our glass fibre reinforced polyamides, which are used in the structural lightweight design of automobiles.”
It is also suitable for the production of compounds with high mineral content, which are used in thermally conductive housing parts, for example for the miniaturisation of electronic assemblies.
“We also see great potential in flame-retardant compounds, for example for components in electric drives," Nickel adds.
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