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Arlanxeo finishes rubber plant upgrade un Germany

October 10/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Arlanxeo a leading synthetic elastomers company, is strengthening its market position by investing in its high-performance elastomer products CR (chloroprene rubber) and NBR (nitrile butadiene rubber), laying the foundation for the further increase of production capacity in order to meet the increasing global demand of these polymers, said the company.

The turnaround of Arlanxeo ?s CR plant in Dormagen, Germany, announced in the beginning of 2018, has been successfully completed allowing for a production of up to 70,000 metric tons of CR per year. The multiple million Euro investment to upgrade and modernize the plant is a strong signal of ARLANXEOs long-term commitment to the CR business, leading to an increased flexibility and capability of the plant to produce specialty products.

In addition to its investment in Dormagen, ARLANXEO has also already made substantial progress modernizing its NBR plant in La Wantzenau, France. The double-digit million Euro investment program started in mid-2018 and aims to bring the plant up to the latest  technology standards. Through this investment, ARLANXEO will serve the increasing demand of its high-quality NBR rubbers in the coming years while underlining the company?s long term commitment to NBR and strengthening its position as the leading global NBR supplier. This applies to the traditional business areas and new applications as well as for the use of NBR as raw material for the production of the companys Therban (HNBR) specialty products.

Arlanxeo ?s La Wantzenau facility is the worlds largest NBR production site and also the company?s center for research and development activities for NBR. ARLANXEO produces a broad high quality NBR grade portfolio in La Wantzenau which is supplied to more than  500 customers in over 60 countries worldwide.

Arlanxeo is part of Saudi energy major Saudi Aramco. In December 2018, Saudi Aramco completed the acquisition of the remaining 50% stake in Arlanxeo joint venture from German speciality chemicals company Lanxess.  Also in Saudi Arabia, Aramco is considering a USD5bn joint venture with Frances major Total for a new complex next to its SATORP refining and chemicals site.

Announced in April 2018, the world-class complex will be located next to the SATORP refinery, operated by Saudi Aramco (62.5%) and Total (37.5%), in order to fully exploit operational synergies. It will comprise a mixed-feed cracker (50% ethane and refinery off-gases) - the first in the Gulf region to be integrated with a refinery - with a capacity of 1.5 million tons per year of ethylene and related high-added-value petrochemical units. The project represents an investment of around $5 billion and is scheduled to start-up in 2024.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polyprolypele (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,255,800 tonnes in the first seven months of 2019, up by 9% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. At the same time, the estimated PP consumption in the Russian market was 796,120 tonnes in January-July 2019, up by 11% year on year. Shipments of PP block copolymer and homopolymer PP increased.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PP, PE, propylene, ethylene, Arlanxeo (Lanxess), Saudi Aramco.
Category:General News
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