2021-11-15

  • Production line for environment-friendly water-based Pellart compounds inaugurated
  • Addressing multiple markets with high growth rates
  • Application in furniture, industrial decoration and automotive interior
  • Connection to Application Development Center in Shanghai
  • Customer proximity and short development cycles
Zhenglei Zhang, head of URE for Asia-Pacific

Shanghai – November 15, 2021 – Specialty chemicals company LANXESS put a new production line for the manufacture of water-based compounds into operation 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. Under the Pellart brand, these products are used in many functional coatings applications where high requirements in terms of haptics, chemical resistance, gloss level, temperature and abrasion resistance and, above all, the lowest possible content of volatile organic compounds (VOC) are required. Typical areas of application are flat materials for automobile interiors, such as instrument panels, seats and door panels, but also decorative foils for consumers and industry.

 

Water-based environmentally friendly products are a strong trend globally. “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 & Development Cast Elastomers at URE.

 

Zhenglei Zhang, head of URE for Asia-Pacific, explains this with an example: “Driven by China's buoyant automotive industry, we expect demand for water-based PUD coatings used in automotive interior to grow with a CAGR of around 10% through to 2025. And as industry players will continue to switch from solvent-based to environment-friendly water-based coatings, we see strong potential to also in the long-term grow together with our customers.”

 

With the new production line, LANXESS will be able to supply customers with innovative and environmentally friendly Pellart products. Customer proximity and fast developments are provided by the coupling with the application development center, which was opened by LANXESS in Shanghai in June 2021, as well as by the backward integration into the company’s PU dispersions. In this way, LANXESS offers its customers a highly flexible set-up that allows fast scale-up of newly developed, customer-specific  Pellart formulations.

 

LANXESS produces Urethanes and lubricants at its 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.

 

About LANXESS

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 6.1 billion in 2020. The company currently has about 14,900 employees in 33 countries. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good.

 

LANXESS China

On January 31, 2005, the company was initially listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and LANXESS Chemical (China) Co., Ltd. officially started operations. LANXESS now has 13 subsidiaries, 6 R&D centers and 7 production sites with around 1,200 employees in Greater China. LANXESS works closely with its local partners to develop market-oriented solutions that meet local market needs.

 

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