BUENOA AIRES, Argentina (Feb. 4, 2011)—Rhein Chemie Rheinau GmbH plans to expand bladder production by 40 percent at its site in Burzaco, Buenos Aires Province, in Argentina.
The new capacities will come on stream in the second half of 2011. The expansion will create 20 positions locally at a cost in the single-digit million-dollar range, according to Rhein Chemie.
“This investment underlines our commitment to supply our customers in the Brazilian, European and American tire industries with highly reliable bladders,” said JosÃ&Copy; Sganga, general manager of Rhein Chemie Argentina. “Beyond this investment, we are considering new facilities to manufacture bladders and polymer-bound chemicals in Brazil.”
Rhein Chemie recently acquired Darmex S.A. and its production sites in Argentina (Burzaco and Merlo) and Uruguay (Colonia). The acquisition means Rhein Chemie is the only producer worldwide of both bladders and release agents.