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Quality on a world scale

Peter Förster, foreman and HSE officer at our Performance Butadiene Rubbers facility in Dormagen, Germany, supervises the production process for the high-performance rubber used in green tires. Dormagen is the third-largest LANXESS production site in Germany and one of the most important sites for synthetic rubber worldwide.

We also produce the high-performance rubbers that are essential for the manufacture of green tires in Port Jérôme, France; Orange, United States; and Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Brazil. In September 2012, we laid the foundation stone for a new production facility for neodymium-based performance butadiene rubber (Nd-PBR) in Singapore. Costing around €200 million, this facility will be the largest of its kind in the world with an annual capacity of 140,000 tons. It is scheduled to come on stream in the first half of 2015 and will serve the Asian market in particular. We will then be the only supplier to have a high-performance production facility in each of the key sales regions.

LANXESS is already the global market leader for the synthetic high-performance rubber Nd-PBR, which is used in green tires. With annual growth rates of around 10 percent, this is the fastest-growing segment of the world tire industry. Increasing demand for green tires is being driven by the mobility megatrend, especially in Asia and Latin America. Experts forecast that the number of cars in use worldwide will increase by more than 60 percent in the next 15 years. We expect more than 2 billion tires to leave the production lines in 2017 – some 28 percent more than today. Over the same period, the proportion of green tires is likely to increase from around 35 percent at present to just under 50 percent.


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