Lanxess Builds First Plant in Russia

German-based Lanxess is officially starting work on its first production facility in the Dzerzhinsk Industrial Park in Russia.

In the Nizhny Novgorod region, Lanxess subsidiary Rhein Chemie will produce high-performance rubber and rubber chemicals, colour pigments and ion exchange resins for industrial water treatment.

It will supply the chemical markets in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, including Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan.

The facility will produce up to 1,500t of Rhenogran and Rhenodiv rubber additives and release agents that are used to manufacture car tires and technical rubber products such as hoses and seals.

Creating 50 new jobs, the facility will meet the company’s high international standards of safety and sustainability and will be equipped with state-of-the-art production technology, Lanxess said.

The project is expected to be completed at the start of 2011.