The company is also expanding its production capacities for Therban HNBR at its facilities in Leverkusen, Germany, and Orange, TX, USA, by 40 %. The expansion in Leverkusen is expected to be completed in April 2012, while the Orange facilities will be ready by December 2012.In addition, Lanxess is further expanding its capacities to produce SSBR and Nd-PBR. An additional 20,000 t/y will come on stream at the company's site in Orange by the third quarter of 2012. The expansion represents a EUR 10 million investment. At the same time, the company has completed its debottlenecking project to increase production of Nd-PBR by 15,000 t/y at its site in Orange. This expansion, which was announced in March last year, is part of an investment totalling EUR 20 million to increase production of Nd-PBR by 50,000 t/y in Orange, Dormagen and Cabo, Brazil. The additional capacities in Germany and Brazil will be fully operational by the first quarter of 2012. Theses expansions will also lead to an indirect increase in SSBR capacities at the company's site in Port Jérôme, France.Furthermore, Lanxess has signed a new supply agreement with South Korea's Hankook Tire. Lanxess will supply Hankook with SSBR and Nd-PBR from 2011 to 2015. Financial details were not disclosed.