Lanxess opens PA & PBT compounding plant in Brazil


• Annual capacity of 20,000 metric tons
• Investment of around EUR 20 million
• Up to 50 new jobs

Lanxess inaugurated its new high-tech plastics plant in Porto Feliz, Brazil. The specialty chemicals company has invested around EUR 20 million (R$ 62 million) in the facility, which will initially have an annual capacity of 20,000 metric tons. Up to 50 jobs will be created. The new plant is supporting the growing demand toward products for the megatrend mobility in Latin America.

In the new compounding plant, the basic polymers polyamide (PA) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) are mixed and refined with special additives and glass fiber, according to client requirements, to make the high-tech plastic product lines Durethan and Pocan. These materials are used for the manufacturing of lighter parts, which can replace metal components in vehicles. Due to their properties, both plastics have a wide variety of applications, such as door handles, bumpers, front ends, cable connectors, cooling pipes, among others.

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