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09-27-2011

Lanxess: Expansion in the Netherlands

At Geleen, Lanxess manufactures premium EPDM rubber under the proprietary name of Keltan (photo: Lanxess)

At Geleen, Lanxess manufactures premium EPDM rubber under the proprietary name of Keltan (photo: Lanxess)

Lanxess AG, Leverkusen, Germany, is investing EUR 12 million to convert 50 % of its ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) synthetic rubber production in Geleen, the Netherlands, to innovative Keltan ACE technology. During 2013, the German specialty chemicals company will implement the new technology at the largest of its three production lines, which accounts for half of the total production capacity of 160,000 metric tons per year in Geleen.

In addition, Lanxess will set up a new headquarters in Geleen for its global EPDM Rubber business. The building for up to 120 employees will be constructed on the chemical industrial site Chemelot. Construction will start in the spring of 2012, and inauguration is planned for the beginning of 2013.

Lanxess steers its global business with EPDM rubber from Geleen. In May 2011, The company acquired the EPDM rubber business of Royal DSM N.V. for EUR 310 million, with 420 employees worldwide – including 260 in Sittard-Geleen.

EPDM is used above all in the automobile industry but also in the plastics modification, cable and wire, construction and oil additives industries. Its properties include very low density, good resistance to heat, oxidation, chemicals and weathering as well as good electrical insulation properties.

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