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Rhein Chemie opens production facility for polymer-bound rubber additives in Russia

Rhein Chemie opens production facility for polymer-bound rubber additives in Russia

Thursday, 04. July 2013 Rhein Chemie has officially opened its first Russian production facility in Lipetsk. There, the company is to produce Rhenogran (pre-dispersed, polymer-bound additives) for the rubber processing industry, a product line that is highly successful all around the world.

• Russian tire and automotive industries profit from Rhenogran success concept
• Focus on quality and cost-effectiveness

Lipetsk/Mannheim – Rhein Chemie has officially opened its first Russian production facility in Lipetsk. There, the company is to produce Rhenogran (pre-dispersed, polymer-bound additives) for the rubber processing industry, a product line that is highly successful all around the world.
The product range includes accelerators, sulfur donors, antioxidants, and crosslinking activators for the manufacture of tires and technical rubber products such as extruded profiles, hoses, and seals for the automotive industry.

Rhenogran helps rubber processors making their production more safe and cost-effective. Using Rhenogran also significantly increases the quality of rubber components and improves their long-term functionality and durability.

Rhenogran is dust-free, thus significantly reducing the need for occupational safety and cleaning measures.

Rhenogran also offers numerous advantages in handling. Rhenogran impresses not only in the mixing room but also at the weighing stage owing to its simplified and thereby more precise dosing. This sustainably reduces quality fluctuations in the batch process. The granules are ideal for processing and are particularly suitable for automatic dosing and weighing. A special color code enables easy identification and reduces the risk of mix-ups.

Rhenogran is renowned for its optimal miscibility in the processing of rubber additives in the mixture. It spreads quickly and completely in the rubber matrix, thus enabling active crosslinking substances to unleash their full effect. This reduces dosing amounts and prevents chemicals from blooming. Compared to powder, Rhenogran generally reduces mixing time by 30 to 50 percent. Optimal dispersion of chemicals makes it possible to meet the highly exacting quality requirements demanded today, especially by OEMs. The use of Rhenogran thus is an important contribution to improve occupational safety and to reduce the overall process costs in rubber manufacturing at the same time.

The universal binder system is compatible with all common types of polymer. Where the specific properties of the main polymers in an application need to be retained, polymer binders of the application polymers in question are used (e.g. ACM, AEM, ECO, IIR). The binder is designed such that optimal storage stability is ensured.

Rhein Chemie supplies the rubber industry with a broad range of pre-dispersed polymer bound chemicals, processing promoters, vulcanization and filler activators, anti-sun check waxes, release agents, tire marking inks, and high-performance bladders.

About Rhein Chemie

Rhein Chemie develops, produces and sells additives, specialty chemicals and service products for the rubber, lubricant and plastics industries. In fiscal 2012 Rhein Chemie achieved sales of EUR 344 million and has approximately 1,100 employees worldwide. The company is headquartered in Mannheim, Germany and has production facilities in Europe, Asia and North and South America. Rhein Chemie is a wholly owned subsidiary of the specialty chemicals group LANXESS, Leverkusen, Germany.

Mannheim, 04. July 2013
bit (2013-07-808EN)

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