Lanxess opens Brazilian high-performance bladders production facility
Lanxess's wholly-owned subsidiary Rhein Chemie has opened the first production facility for high-performance bladders (curing bladders) at Porto Feliz, Brazil.
The specialty chemicals company is also planning to build a new facility to manufacture pre-dispersed polymer-bound rubber additives (Rhenogran), with a capacity of 1,800 metric tonnes per year in 2014.
The project is expected to attract an investment of around €10m and create around 60 new jobs.
Lanxess Board Member Rainier van Roessel said with this investment in Brazil, the world's sixth largest economy, the company reaffirms its focus on emerging markets.
"We want to share in the positive development of the automotive and tire industries in Latin America", Roessel added.
Rhein Chemie, which entered the bladder market about two and a half years ago with the acquisition of the Argentinian company Darmex, purchased the US company Tire Curing Bladders in 2012.
Currently Lanxess is constructing a new plant for high-tech engineering plastics at its Porto Feliz site and the plant is scheduled to commence operations in the second half of 2013.
Image: Official opening ceremony for the new plant for high-performance bladders. Photo courtesy of Lanxess.