Leverkusen, Germany - Lanxess is to expand production of its ethylene-vinyl acetate
copolymer (EVM). To meet the continually growing demand for this rubber
specialty, EUR 10 million is to be invested to significantly expand the
capacity of the plant at the Dormagen site. The current permit allows
for a maximum volume of 15,000 metric tons per year, an amount that
could be realistic by 2009.
The synthetic elastomer supplied
under the product names Levapren and Levamelt is suitable for oil and
heat-resistant applications in the automotive sector - in particular
for seals and hoses. In addition, as a halogen-free polymer with
good compatibility with flame retardants, it has ideal properties
for the manufacture of cable sheathing and is also used for flame-retardant products deployed in construction or for
weather-resistant transparent film.