Lanxess investing in its French production site for tire rubbers

Specialty chemicals group Lanxess is investing in its production site for high-performance rubber in Port Jérôme, France, announced the company. The Group plans to invest some EUR 30 million by 2015 to further enhance productivity and energy efficiency. Lanxess produces the high-performance rubbers neodymium-polybutadiene (Nd-PBR) and solution styrene-butadiene (SSBR) at the site. These rubber grades are used primarily for the production of "green tires”.

Site celebrates 50th anniversary in 2012
"The production of high performance rubbers in Port Jérôme plays a key role in our global strategy. We support global megatrends with our innovations and technologies. A particular focus here is solutions for sustainable mobility,” said Axel C. Heitmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of Lanxess AG, at a celebration of the site's 50th anniversary.

The plant in Port Jérôme currently has a production capacity of 140,000 metric tons per year. Lanxess is also planning a new plant for Nd-PBR rubber in Singapore. The new plant, which will cost some EUR 200 million to build, is scheduled to start production in 2015.

100 million bales of rubber since 1962
The production site in Port Jérôme was established in 1962 by the tire maker Firestone. Lanxess took ownership of the site in 2004, and has since invested some EUR 30 million in the modernization of the plant. Approximately 100 million bales of rubber have been produced in Port Jérôme since the facility was opened 50 years ago.