Lanxess Extends NdPBR Production to Meet UHP Tyre Demand
Lanxess reports that its facility in Orange, Texas began production of neodymium polybutadiene (NdPBR) in September. The decision to commence production of these chemicals was apparently made in response to increased demand for NdPBR and SSBR in high-performance tyre applications.
Timothy Rae, NAFTA region head of marketing for the Lanxess Polybutadiene Rubber (PBR) business unit, comments: “The additional production also enhances our capability to meet the US demand for domestic cobalt polybutadiene (CoPBR) with complementary NdPBR grades. This is an important step to fulfilling our strategy as a reliable supplier of high-performance PBR products from multiple locations worldwide.”
Lanxess’s PBR business unit has manufacturing sites numerous locations around the world, including Port Jérôme, France, Orange, Texas, and Dormagen, Germany. The company is a leading supplier of various PBR grades such as NdPBR, LiPBR, CoPBR and SSBR. In addition to their role as an essential ingredient in the production of tyres, these products are used in the manufacture of high-impact polystyrene, golf balls and shoe soles.