LANXESS Expands Cenzyl Alcohol Capacity


LANXESS is expanding its production capacity for the industrial chemical benzyl alcohol. The two-stage expansion of the plant at the German site in Krefeld-Uerdingen will increase production by 30 percent and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019.  According to LANXESS, a low double-digit million euro sum will be spent on the conversion measures.

Additionally, the company’s Advanced Industrial Intermediates (AII) business unit has made expansion plans for its Indian site in Nagda. LANXESS reported that several process improvements have already led to an increase in benzyl alcohol capacity there in recent years.

“With our two sites in Germany and India and the planned expansions, we are well positioned to meet the growing demand from our customers,” says Michael Ertl, head of the Benzyl Products & Inorganic Acids business line at AII. “We are well equipped to serve both global groups with locations around the world and small and medium-sized companies worldwide.”