LANXESS Launches New Production Line in China
LANXESS has launched a new production line for the manufacture of water-based compounds in Nantong, China. The business belongs to the Urethane Systems (URE) business unit, which is also producing polyurethane dispersions, an important ingredient of the compounds. With the new production line, the company says it will be able to supply customers in Asia with Pellart products.
The company says the products under the Pellart brand are used in functional coatings applications where lowest possible content of volatile organic compounds (VOC) are required and high performance is expected in terms of haptics, chemical resistance, gloss level, temperature and abrasion resistance. Typical areas of application are flat materials for automobile interiors, such as instrument panels, seats and door panels, as well as decorative foils for consumers and industry.
According to the company, polyurethanes and lubricants are produced at Nantong site, which covers over 100,000 square meters. The urethanes products include hot-cast prepolymers, which are components of specialty polyurethanes that are used primarily in the construction, mining, oil, gas, athletic equipment and electronics industries. These polymers are used, for example, to manufacture rollers, tires and wheels, conveyor belts, screens, seals and so on.
Water-based and environmentally friendly products are a growing global trend. “As the automotive industry will continue to switch from solvent-based to environment-friendly water-based coatings, we see strong potential with attractive growth rates,” says Michael Timm, head of marketing and development, cast elastomers, at URE.