Maastricht / Dormagen – ARLANXEO, one of the world’s leadingsuppliers of synthetic elastomers, is expanding its global chloroprenerubber (CR) production at the site in Dormagen, Germany. The production capacity there will be increased to as much as 70,000 tonsper year overall that will be available to the market already during thefirst quarter of 2019. ARLANXEO is investing an upper single-digitmillion in the expansion project overall.

“The strong global demand for our chloroprene rubbers willcontinue in the coming years,” said Stefan Rittmann, head of the ARLANXEO business line that produces CR and Managing Director of ARLANXEO Deutschland GmbH. Demand for chloroprene rubbers is growing by about four percent per year, particularly in Asia and especially in Greater China. Products withspecial properties are in particularly strong demand worldwide. “At the same time, this expansion represents a clear commitment to our biggest German site, Dormagen, from which we serve theglobal demand,” explained Rittmann.

The capacity expansion will be undertaken starting at Q2 2018. Within the expansion a production line will be renewed and equipped with new reactors, having a higher capacity. This ensures ARLANXEO to optimize its existing processes and makeits production processes more flexible.