Rhein Chemie provides solutions for the rubber industry in Russia: Construction started of production lines for polymer-bound chemicals and release agents in Russia
Rhein Chemie is launching the construction of a production plant in Russia, near the city of Nizhny Novgorod, which lies to the east of Moscow. Polymer-bound rubber chemicals (Rhenogran®) and release agents for the rubber processing industry – for example manufacturers of technical rubber goods and tires – will be produced here. The aim is to serve Russian customers and also companies from the Ukraine from here. “We see great potential in Russia and the Ukraine which we want to take advantage of on a long-term basis. Despite the crisis, the automotive industry in Russia is still growing very quickly, and quality is becoming increasingly important,” emphasizes Dr. Anno Borkowsky, CEO and President of Rhein Chemie Rheinau GmbH, Germany. “Our innovative additives and service products help rubber-processing companies to increase their quality and profitability. This will enable Rhein Chemie to make a major contribution to their future competitive capability."
As the market leader, Rhein Chemie can look back at over 30 years of experience in the development, production and applications technology of polymer-bound chemicals. What originally began as a small range of specialties soon expanded into an entire program that is constantly adjusted to the needs of downstream processors.
“The steady rise of radial tires in Russia means that changes to the formulation of individual tire components are now essential. This, coupled with the demand for consistently high quality and an increased awareness of occupational and health protection issues, is giving rise to an increasing demand among Russian tire producers for polymer-bound chemicals. Rhenogran® can be dosed and incorporated into a mixture much more effectively than the corresponding powdered chemicals. The use of polymer-bound chemicals enables chemicals to be distributed more effectively within the mixture and therefore gives rise to more constant grades,” explains Dr. Dietmar Hoff, Technical Manager Tire Industry at Rhein Chemie Rheinau GmbH, Mannheim, Germany.
Two typical problem-solvers are available to customers in the form of Rhenogran® ZnO-80 and Rhenogran® IS90-65 (polymer-bound, insoluble sulfur). The use of the corresponding powdered chemicals can give rise to considerable distribution problems or significantly longer mixing times, particularly in compounds, such as the steel cord compound, that incorporate high dosages of zinc oxide and insoluble sulfur. Rhenogran® Resorcin-80 and Hexa-80 are specific products for use in tire adhesion compounds. Predispersion using Rhenogran® ensures significantly more rapid mixing, which reduces the extent to which the working environment is polluted with the chemicals that are used.
Rhenogran® MBT-80, MBTS-80 and DTDM-80, which are accelerators and sulfur donors, complete the range of polymer-bound chemical products, which can be used in a huge variety of applications.
Alongside Rhenogran®, Rhein Chemie's release agents (Rhenodiv®) are also to be produced at the site. The Rhenodiv® product group includes all types of eco-friendly and highly efficient external release agents a rubber processor requires. The product range encompasses waterbased outside paints, bladder coating and compound release agents.
A team of service staff adapts the products to match customers' requirements. Experiments are carried out on site and the real-time development of existing and new service products means that customers can always be sure that the most appropriate product will be used to provide a solution to their problems,” explains Dr. Manfred Breining, Senior Manager Marketing Release Agents at Rhein Chemie.
Additional Rhenogran® and Rhenodiv® products will be developed in response to the needs of the customers.
Rhein Chemie is a company with a successful track record in customized additives and service products stretching back over 100 years. The approximately 800-strong workforce produces and sells products for various sectors of the rubber, lubricants and plastics industries. The company has production facilities in Europe, Asia as well as North and South America. Rhein Chemie is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the LANXESS Group, Leverkusen.
Mannheim, May 2010
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