Lanxess adapts BR units for neodymium

Leverkusen, Germany – Lanxess AG has completed the first stage of a programme to increase production of neodymium (Nd) polybutadiene rubber (BR), or Nd-BR. The programme will modify existing manufacturing lines to enable production of multiple grades including Nd-catalysed BR as well as lithium-BR and solution styrene-butadiene rubber SSBR on the same line. Nd-BR-technology is valued for high-performance tyre production, but is finding applications in high impact polystyrene (HIPS), shoe soles, and golf balls.

Lanxess’ production locations in Port Jérôme, France, and Orange, USA, have…

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