On September 17, Lanxess inaugurated a brand-new compounding plant in Gastonia, North Carolina. Company officials spoke to the Americas Head of the Business Unit High-Performance Materials (HPM), Jens-Hendrik Fischer.
The compounding plant in Gastonia was officially inaugurated on September 17. Could you tell us something about the reasons for investing in North America?
Fischer: North America is a big market for us. The automotive market is the second largest in the world. More than 1.7 million people are employed in the automotive industry. And there is a continuous increase of number of cars and light trucks produced in the United States. In 2013 it is expected that the production will top the 14 million units mark....