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High-tech plastics

LANXESS bets on its Antwerp plant

Mar Martínez06/10/2011

October 6, 2011

Lanxess chemical specialties group has invested 15 million euros at its plant in fiberglass located in Antwerp (Belgium), which allows to replace the two kilns of the plant. Investment is new impetus to the production of high-tech plastics, since the current capacity of the company in the production of fiberglass - 60,000 tons - is expected to increase by 10%.
On the floor of Kallo, Lanxess produces fiberglass. Photo: Lanxess.

"Without these technical plastics, modern life serious not possible", he sentenced Werner Breuers, steering of Lanxess AG, during a recent meeting in Antwerp (Belgium) in which the company showed journalists from several countries their plants of Lillo and Kallo. The first manufacturing plant is located in caprolactam where, just before the summer, completed an investment project of 35 million euros for the expansion of the production - currently 200,000 tons/year - also by 10%.

"Investments in the facilities of Antwerp for caprolactam and now fiberglass reinforce even more our competitiveness", said Michael Zobel, head of the business unit of products Semicristalinos (SCP). Zobel also explained that currently the company concentrated its effort in the car and the electricity and electronics industry. The firm expects global demand of technical plastics to grow about 7% per year until 2020.

Werner Breuers, Manager of the company.

The year of the technical plastics

LANXESS has declared 2011 as the year of the plastics of high technology. As part of the celebration, the company is making acts and participating in fairs and exhibitions where reports on the sectors that use technical plastics, the benefits of these materials and, in particular, their contribution to sustainable development.

The Unit of Products Semicristalinos

One of the characteristics of the unit of Semicristalinos products (SPC) is the high level of retrointegración of their production processes. The unit not only produces and sells plastic as a finished product, but also raw materials to create them, like cyclohexanol, cyclohexanone, caprolactam, adipic acid and fibres of glass. This unit produces polyamides (PA) and (PBT) polybutylene terephthalate, two important commonly used engineering plastics.

The polyamides PA 6 and PA 6.6 are marketed under the name of Durethan, and his PBT polyesters under the name of Pocan. It's versatile polymeric materials with high potential for innovation. They are mainly used to manufacture a wide range of technically sophisticated components. The Durethan the Pocan can withstand mechanical loads and significant tensions, and show high reliability over its useful life. His main fields of application are the electricity industry and electronics, the production of household appliances, construction, medicine, sports and leisure industry and the automotive industry.

Michael Zobel, head of the unit of products Semicristalinos, during his speech at the meeting held in Antwerp.

Major brands of the SCP unit

  • Durethan:Engineering plastics based on polyamide (PA) 6 and 6.6, which combine high strength and rigidity with a good electrical insulation and resistance to heat, chemicals and abrasion. The product portfolio also includes reinforced with glass fiber and mineral, retardant degrees before the fire, extraordinary hardness and easy flow.
  • Pocan:Technical plastics based on terephthalate (PBT) polybutylene of high resistance to heat, sliding properties, resistance to chemicals and rupture by tension. The portfolio contains different degrees reinforced, as well as ASA and PC blends and elastomer modified, as well as grades approved for food contact applications. In addition to the qualities of injection molding, Pocan is also used in the manufacture of semi-finished products, films and coatings for cables.
  • Perlon, Atlas and Bayco: They are monofilament used, among other things, for fabrics technicians of high tenacity, long-lasting and stable dimensions; They also apply to threads and resistant to weather and elongation cords. They are products of excellent resistance. Bayco is a trademark of Bayer AG. The rest are registered trademark of Lanxess.
The industry of the engine and the one of the leisure are users of the technical plastics of Lanxess.

The automotive industry

"The metal is a fantastic material. But east is the moment of the plastics", it said convinced in the meeting of Amberes Hartwig Meier, boss of Product and Application and Development of Materials Advanced. It said it apropos the activity of the company in the sector of the car, main customer of the Unit of Products Semicristalinos, where produce these materials for the production of plastics so innovative. Durethan And Pocan are marks of materials that use for the design of pieces of plastic lighter, that can replace to others of metal in the vehicles. His use allows to combine several functions in an alone component. This does that the manufacturers of cars and distributors of spares can arrive to achieve important savings, since the production is cheaper and the simplest setting. Likewise, the use of these materials contributes, according to Lanxess, to increase the efficiency of the fuels and to the reduction of broadcasts. The hybrid components, that combine plastic and metal (in pedals, bodyworks and even in batteries), are one of the existent solutions in the actuality in the industry automotriz.

Sport in agriculture, taking advantage of the SCP

The product portfolio is completed by Monofilament of Perlon-Monofil GmbH. These plastic and filament fibers are used in the manufacture of ropes, utensils of fishing and Agriculture (fencing, trellis for the viníncola industry and fruit) and sports equipment (e.g., tennis racquets).

At its plant in Lillo, the Group produces caprolactam. Photo: Lanxess.

About Lanxess

LANXESS is an international group of speciality chemicals whose main activity is the development, manufacture and sale of plastics, rubbers, special and intermediate chemicals. Belgium is the second largest of the Lanxess group production area: Lillo manufactured caprolactam and Kallo, fiberglass and rubber chemicals. Zwijndrecht, Lanxess produces butyl rubber.