Lanxess is investing EUR 20 million to launch production of high-tech engineering plastics in China from 2006.
Lanxess will increase annual production by 20,000 tons of reinforced Durethan and Pocan, engineering thermoplastics based on polyamide 6.
“This investment underscores our clear strategy of making profitable growth a priority. Demand in China for high-tech plastics is growing at a double-digit percentage rate each year. Thanks to the new plant, we’ll be increasing sales of our high-performance polymers Durethan and Pocan by 50 percent in the next five years,” explained Dr. Axel C. Heitmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG, in Shanghai.
Approx. 20,000 tons of high-tech engineering plastics will be produced each year at the LANXESS Wuxi Chemicals Ltd. site, roughly 120 kilometers north-west of Shanghai, once the first section of the plant has been commissioned in 2006. If demand continues to grow unabated, capacity can be expanded in further construction stages as necessary.
Market growth for Pocan and Durethan in Asia currently stands at around eight percent, and in China at 13 percent, according to the company. The company see the increased production of Durethan and Pocan to be used in the automotive industry, electrical engineering, electronics and the domestic sector.
In China Lanxess boasts production facilities in Shanghai, Qingdao, and Wuxi. It has sales offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Lanxess employs a total of 540 staff in China.
Lanxess is one of Europe’s major providers of polymers and chemicals, offering a comprehensive product portfolio in the fields of polymers and basic, specialty and fine chemicals. It has around 18,800 employees worldwide.
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