Rubber World | Year: 2014
The newly developed NdPBR rubber grades Buna Nd 22 EZ and Buna Nd 24 EZ represent good alternatives for high performance rubbers. The Buna Nd EZ family of products incorporates a patented modification technology. They can be used in any application where high class dynamic performance or abrasion resistance is required. Another aspect using NdPBR brings is the low temperature flexibility that it imparts to the compound. This is particularly important in regions with colder climates where many mines are located. Provided that the compounds are formulated and processed correctly, the vulcanizates have good resistance to aging, reversion, abrasion and flex cracking with good low temperature flexibility and high resilience. Source
EBITDA pre exceptionals rose by 9.5% to €885 million, due to savings achieved by the company’s realignment program, the strong US dollar and volume growth. The operating result was therefore within the recent guidance range of €860 million to €900 million. In 2014, the operating result was €808 million. Net income increased substantially to €165 million from €47 million, while compared with the prior year, sales remained virtually stable at €7.9 billion (2014: €8.0 billion). Lower selling prices resulting from lower raw material prices were largely compensated by favorable currency effects, the company says. ‘Fiscal 2015 was successful for Lanxess in every respect,’ said Matthias Zachert, chairman of the board of management of Lanxess AG. ‘We implemented our realignment faster than planned and, at the same time, significantly improved our profit situation and financial position. We have thus laid a stable foundation for our growth course,’ Positive development In 2015, sales in the Performance Polymers segment declined by 4.5% compared with the prior year, to around €3.9 billion, while in the Advanced Intermediates segment, 2015 sales were slightly down on the prior year at around €1.8 billion. Sales in the Performance Chemicals segment improved by 4.8% in 2015 to around €2.1 billion. Lanxess is forecasting EBITDA pre exceptionals between €240 million and €260 million for the first quarter of 2016. The company is expecting stable to slightly positive business development for the Advanced Intermediates and Performance Chemicals segments for the full year 2016. It also assumes good volume growth in the High Performance Materials segment. This story uses material from Lanxess, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.
Specialty chemicals company Lanxess has started up a second production line for its glass fiber plastic compounds at its facility in Gastonia, North Carolina, USA. The new line represents an investment of about US$15 million and doubles the site’s production capacity from 20,000 to 40,000 metric tons annually. In the plant, the basic polymers polyamide (PA) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) are mixed and refined with special additives and glass fiber to make the Durethan and Pocan plastic product lines. They are used primarily in the automotive industry to manufacture lighter-weight plastic components that can replace metal parts in vehicles. In the coming years, Lanxess plans to further invest €50–100 million for organic growth in its plastics business. ‘With the investments, we will be further balancing the capacities in our polyamide value chain and driving the globalization of our engineering plastics business,’ said Michael Zobel, head of Lanxess' business unit High Performance Materials. This story uses material from Lanxess, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.
The chief executives of Lanxess, Evonik Industries, and Covestro--some of the largest chemical firms in Germany--are in a sprightly mood this week after strong trading in the second quarter of the year led them to raise their profit forecasts for 2016. Their improved financial outlooks come despite turbulence in some global chemical markets, along with low oil and energy costs, which have depressed chemical prices. Their position contrasts with several U.S. chemical firms and BASF.
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Rubber World | Year: 2014
Lanxess has developed neodymium polybutadiene (NdBR) rubber grades Buna CB22, Buna CB24 and Buna CB25 in direct comparison with those for the cobalt-polybutadiene (CoBR) Buna CB1220. Buna CB24 has a slightly less linear structure, while Buna CB25 displays a degree of branching that, comparatively speaking, is significantly higher. mixes of Buna CB22 and Buna CB1220 were made in six different ratios with Mooney viscosities ranging from 41.4 to 76.4 MU. In the mixer, two of these mixes resulted in a lower build-up of heat than when pure CB22 was used as a rubber component. As found, the relationship between the Buna CB1220 content in the blend and its processability is not, in fact, linear. In the energy absorption and temperature of the mixer, there is a minimum at around 30 phr CB1220 in a blend with the highly viscous NdBR rubber Buna CB22. While the processing properties of Buna ND24 EZ are similar to those of a cobalt-polybutadiene, even without a proportion of CoBR in the mix, it makes the dynamic properties of Buna CB24 available to tire manufacturers. Source