Cologne – LANXESS continues to optimize its global production network for the manufacture of iron oxide pigments. Through targeted “debottlenecking” at the Krefeld-Uerdingen site, the specialty chemicals company has increased the product availability of its Bayferrox and Colortherm micronized red pigments by more than 5,000 metric tons per year. “In the paints and coatings industry and also for plastics applications, we see a continuously rising demand for high quality pigments which offer good dispersion characteristics. We have therefore increased product availability for our customers,” says Holger Hüppeler, head of the LANXESS Inorganic Pigments business unit.

Due to their properties, micronized iron oxide pigments from LANXESS are mainly used in technically demanding paints and coating systems and for coloring plastics. The micronization process is characterized by intensive milling in which the proportion of agglomerates is significantly reduced. Micronized pigments can thus be more readily dispersed. In addition, they provide high color strength and color consistency.