Lanxess launches new production line for water-based compounds in China

Production line for environment-friendly water-based Pellart compounds inaugurated.

Lanxess put a new production line for the manufacture of water-based compounds into operation (Photo: Lanxess).

Lanxess has commenced a new production line for the manufacture of water-based compounds into operation in Nantong, China. The business belongs to the Urethane Systems (URE) business unit, which is also producing polyurethane dispersions, an ingredient of the compounds.

Under the Pellart brand, these products are used in many functional coatings applications where high requirements in terms of haptics, chemical resistance, gloss level, temperature and abrasion resistance and, above all, the lowest possible content of volatile organic compounds (VOC) are required. Typical areas of application for flat materials for automobile interiors, such as instrument panels, seats and door panels, but also decorative foils for consumers and industry.

Water-based and therefore environmentally-friendly products are a trend globally, as Michael Timm, head of marketing and development cast elastomers at URE, Lanxess, explained: “As the automotive industry will continue to switch from solvent-based to environmentally-friendly water-based coatings, we see strong potential with attractive growth rates.”

With the new production line, the company will be able to supply its customers in Asia with modern and environmentally-friendly Pellart products. Fast developments and customer proximity are provided by the coupling with the application development centre, which was opened by Lanxess in Shanghai in June 2021, as well as by the backward integration into the PU dispersions.