Leverkusen, Germany -Â In addition to planning a huge factory for butyl rubber in Asia, Lanxess AG has begun a second expansion of its butyl rubber pant in Sarnia, Canada.
The company said on Friday that it has begun a second phase of the Sarnia expansion, which will add ten percent to the plant's output by 2009. The first phase -Â a 42 percent capacity expansion to about 135 kt/year - is now complete, said Lanxess. ERJ estimates that the Sarnia plant will have capacity for about 150 kt/year after the latest expansion is completed. Lanxess said no other butyl plant in the world currently has capacity for 150 kt/year.
The Asia/Pacific region is LanxessÂ´ fastest-growing market for butyl. In 2004, 30 percent of the companyÂ´s butyl revenues came from the region. In 2007, it will be about 40 percent, according to Ron Commander, managing director of the firmÂ´s butyl business.
â€œWe are highly committed to the future of butyl rubber,â€ Dr. Axel Heitmann, chairman of the board of management, Lanxess said at the dedication ceremony of the expanded Sarnia facility. â€œWith the capacity expansions we are boosting our profitable growth in this innovative business segment.â€
The butyl rubber business unit is a leading manufacturer in its field and belongs to the performance rubber segment within Lanxess, which achieved total sales of â‚¬1776 million in 2006.
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