LEVERKUSEN, Germany (April 3) — Lanxess A.G. has decided to increase EPDM capacity to more than 140,000 metric tons per year to meet customer demand.
To aid in the capacity boost, the firm is investing in debottlenecking and enhanced process control.
Robert Gnann, manager of Lanxess Technical Rubber Products' EPDM business, said the investments would be small-scale because some steps to increase efficiency already had been taken at its sites in Marl, Germany, and Texas.
Gnann said he predicts the expansion will be complete by the beginning of 2008. The firm's EPDM is used in hoses, extruded profiles and injection molded goods.