Germany specialty chemicals company Lanxess has inaugurated the new headquarters of its Keltan Elastomers business unit in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands.The company is now managing its global business for ethylene-propylene-diene monomer high-performance rubber (EPDM rubber), marketed under the Keltan brand, from the complex of buildings on the Chemelot Campus.
Werner Breuers, the Member of the Board of Management of Lanxess, and Günther Weymans, Head of the Lanxess Keltan Elastomers business unit, officially inaugurated the headquarters at an opening ceremony on April 18. The 3,500sqm site serves as a hub for management, administration, production and research & development (R&D) for its worldwide EPDM business.
Lanxess is investing 12 million euros in the Dutch site to convert 50% of its EPDM production capacity to the Keltan Advanced Catalyst Elastomers (ACE) technology. As said, ACE significantly reduces the amount of energy required for the production process and enables the manufacture of new types of EPDM. The expansion is proceeding on schedule and is expected to be completed by the middle of the year.Around 70 guests attended the ceremony, including Twan Beurskens, Deputy for Economic Affairs for the Province of Limburg, Sjraar Cox, Mayor of Sittard-Geleen and Bert Kip, Managing Director of the Chemelot Campus.
“Forward-looking technologies and innovative products are the business model and the cornerstone of Lanxess’ success. With the acquisition of the elastomer business from Royal DSM N V two years ago and the creation of the new Lanxess Keltan Elastomers business unit with its headquarters in Sittard-Geleen, Lanxess has become the world’s leading producer of EPDM rubber,” said Mr Breuers.