LANXESS To Expand Its High-Performance Plastic Production
In order to expand its operation in line with demand in the coming years, LANXESS has designed a new plant in Krefeld-Uerdingen, which will contribute in producing a network of high-performance plastics. It will produce Durethan and Pocan engineering plastics, which are used primarily in the automotive as well as the electrical and electronics industry.
LANXESS already operates a polymerization and compounding plant for high-performance plastics in Krefeld-Uerdingen. But with this expansion it will enable them to better service the continuing high demand for this market region in the future.
These high-performance plastics allow the construction of components that replace metal parts in motor vehicles and thus contribute to reducing weight, fuel consumption and emissions. The innovative materials are used, for example, in engine applications, door structures, pedals, front ends and cockpit cross members. Depending on the part, the lightweight construction can make a weight-saving of up to 50 percent.
Some other applications for LANXESS plastics in hybrid and electric vehicles are already successful in mass production. These include components for charging systems, carriers and cell holders for battery systems as well as sensors and housing parts for electric motors. The materials also have great potential in electro mobility infrastructure, such as in housing, switches and terminal clips for charging stations.