LANXESS To Ex­pand Its High-Per­for­mance Plas­tic Pro­duc­tion

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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.

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