DORMAGEN, Germany (Dec. 1)—Lanxess Deutschland GmbH, the former Bayer A.G. rubber business, is spending $9 million to expand capacity for polychloroprene rubber at its Dormagen plant.
The project will expand capacity an undisclosed amount to 80,000 metric tons per year through improvements in process control and other processing steps, Lanxess said.
"Baypren (polychloroprene) is still a viable business," said Ingo Fischer, global product manager for chloroprene. "Expanding rubber applications, like replacement of natural rubber in air springs, is a base for solid growth."
Robert Gnann, head of production at Dormagen, said the firm's continuous polymerization technology gives Lanxess an edge in efficiency and homogenous product quality. Lanxess also is upgrading its packaging capacity to support growing demand for the material shipped in polyethylene bags.