LEVERKUSEN, Germany (Sept. 18) — Lanxess A.G. plans to expand its ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer production to meet the continually growing demand for the material.
Nearly $14 million will be invested to expand the Dormagen, Germany, factory. The permit allows for a maximum volume of 15,000 metric tons per year, an amount that could be reached by 2009.
The synthetic elastomer supplied under the product names Levapren and Levamelt is suitable for oil and heat-resistant applications in the automotive sector — in particular for seals and hoses.
In addition, the halogen-free polymer compatible with flame retardants has properties for the manufacture of cable sheathing and also is used for products used in construction or for weather-resistant transparent film.