The new plant for high-performance plastics is designed to be intelligent with highest environmental protection standards; this plant becomes a part of Lanxess’ global production network for such materials
Lanxess, specialty chemicals company, recently inaugurated a plant in Changzhou, China, which will act as a compounding facility to produce Durethan and Pocan branded high-tech plastics. These materials will be focussed especially for the automotive sector, as well as the electrical and electronics industry.
The entire production system at the new Lanxess Changzhou facility has been designed to be intelligent - from batching, hot melting, mixing, cooling, granulating, pellet cooling to palletizing. The batching system adopts multiple continuous loss-in-weight feeders to realise continuous production, while the pellet processing system can conduct feeding and convey in a fully automated manner. The company also said that the high-temperature plastic strands from the extruder can automatically enter a cooling bath for full cooling, before being sent to the automatic conveyor, and then to the pelletizer for granulation.
LANXESS has also equipped this plant with state-of-the-art technologies with regard to environmental standards, as is the case with all its new production sites. The Changzhou plant incorporates various innovative measures in environmental protection. It includes latest mixers with high performance, low energy consumption and efficient wastewater; waste gas and dust treatment systems for clean production process with low energy consumption; low material consumption and fewer pollutants.
Hubert Fink, Member, Board of Management, Lanxess, said this facility was built to address several strategically vital markets. In the automotive industry, lightweight materials become ever more important in new mobility, he added. Fink noted that at the same time, the electrical and electronics sector sees an increasing need for best-in-class flame retardant, easy flow and easily processable grades.
With the new plant, the company is responding to the trend towards the increased use of lightweight materials, noted Michael Zobel, Head, High Performance Materials business unit, Lanxess. He said Lanxess is committed to this long-term development.