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LANXESS expands its polymer compounding capacity in Germany

December 07/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is now operating another Coperion line to produce Polyamide 6, Polyamide 66 and Polybutylenterephthalate (PBT) at its Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany, location, making significant steps toward a new throughput range, said the company.

With this technology, constructed around the high-performance ZSK 92 Mc18 twin screw extruder, LANXESS is producing demanding compounds at throughputs never achieved before. To reach such high output and maintain very good product quality, Coperion equipped the entire system with special features that ensure a high degree of automation, a crucial requirement for this developer and provider of high-performance compounds. Among these features is the ASC strand conveying system from Coperion Pelletizing Technology which automatically conveys polymer strands from the twin screw extruder discharge to the pelletizer. The entire system, built around the ZSK 92 Mc18, is one of several Coperion lines that LANXESS operates in Krefeld-Uerdingen.

Coperion has designed this compounding line as a complete turnkey solution for LANXESS from engineering to commissioning. From state-of-the-art raw material feeding, to conveying, compounding, pelletizing and classifying technology, Coperion seamlessly synchronized every one of the systems process steps with each other and logistically integrated them into one steel construction, forming the basis for the compounding system's fully automated operation. Following a short startup process, its high performance capacity can be fully exploited. Moreover, Coperion designed this compounding line for LANXESS to make optimal use of available space and to assure good accessibility to individual components, as well as short walking distances for operating personnel.

Frank Lechner, General Manager Process Technology and Research & Development of the Polymer Division at Coperion, speaks of his complete satisfaction with the system: We were able to pour all of our expertise in complete systems into this solution for LANXESS. A lot of our spirit of development has gone into every single process step. We are very proud to see how all these technologies intermesh successfully, and that LANXESS can fully exploit the performance potential of our system to manufacture their polyamide compounds."

As per MRC, LANXESS is continuing the systematic expansion of its production for synthetic iron oxide pigments. The company is the only supplier worldwide to produce these pigments using the Laux process. Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has expanded its capacity for black synthetic iron oxide pigments at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site by more than 5,000 metric tons per year.

Earlier it was reported that in March 2018 LANXESS put into operation a new compounding line at the plant in Krefeld-Uerdingen (Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany). The company notes that it has invested EUR7 million in a new production line that will produce technical plastics such as polyamide 6 (PA6), polyamide 66 (PA66) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT). The capacity of the new line is 10 thousand tons per year.

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals concern with a turnover of EUR7.2 billion in 2018. The group employs approximately 15,400 people in 33 countries. Currently, the concern includes 60 manufacturing enterprises. LANXESS's core business is the development, production and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. The concern is included in the lists of the world's leading sustainability indices: the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, compounding, compounds, neftegaz, petrochemistry, Lanxess.
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