News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

October 27, 2008

Lanxess Invests in Leverkusen

Filed under: General, Rubber Chemicals — Notch @ 11:03 am

On October 26, 2008, Lanxess AG announced that its Basic Chemicals business plans to invest Euro 35 million at its production site in Leverkusen, Germany to expand its aromatics network, including capacity for basic chemicals cresols, Vulkanox BHT, Vulkanox BKF and monochlorobenzene. The work is scheduled for completion by the beginning of 2010. This will enable an increase in capacity of up to 60 percent. Lanxess is aiming to begin increasing production of monochlorobenzene by the third quarter of 2009. According to Lanxess, the aromatics network in Leverkusen has basically existed for more than 100 years. It comprises a large number of products which act as essential starting products for agrochemicals, polymers, surface coatings and pigments.

Vulkanox BHT is an antioxidant intended for use in elastomers, latices, polyether polyols, mineral oils, propellants, adhesives, paints, printing inks, plastics, and other materials. Vulkanox BKF is a bisphenol antioxidant used in elastomers, latices, paints and polymers.

Tire Recycling Plant Gets State Funding

Filed under: Carbon Black, General, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 10:43 am

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has reported that Delta-Energy’s new tire recycling plant in Greene County, Pennsylvania has received $2.5 million in state funding from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

As previously reported on this blog, the plant will be used for tire depolymerization, a process that recovers petroleum-derived products, oil, gas and carbon black, from scrap tires. The facility will process 25 tons of waste tires per day.

According to Delta-Energy, this process results in much higher quality recycled carbon black than traditional pyrolysis, which makes the material more competitive with virgin carbon black. Bill Cole, VP, Product Management of Delta-Energy will deliver a paper on the process at next week’s Carbon Black World 2008 conference in Vancouver, BC.

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