GELEEN, Netherlands (Sept. 26, 2011)—Lanxess A.G. is investing $16.2 million to convert half its EPDM rubber production in Geleen to innovative Keltan ACE technology.
The company also said it will build a new headquarters for its global EPDM rubber business and the 120 employees who work there.
During 2013, the German company said it will implement the Keltan ACE technology at the largest of its three production lines, which accounts for half the total production capacity of 160,000 metric tons per year in Geleen.
The company didn't say if the investment will increase output from the unit. Compared with conventional production processes, Keltan ACE technology reduces energy requirements for rubber production and it doesn't require catalyst extraction as a result of high catalyst efficiency, Lanxess said. It also enables the supplier to make new EPDM rubber grades.
The ACE process is similar to a metallocene process, with single-site polymerization, which leads to more repeatability in the manufacturing process.
The headquarters in Geleen will be built at the chemical industrial site Chemelot. Construction will begin next spring, and the building is expected to open at the beginning of 2013, Lanxess said.
Last May Lanxess acquired the EPDM rubber business of Royal DSM N.V.