With a capacity of up to 50,000 metric tons per year, the plant is the largest of its kind in China and will strengthen their position as a sustainable leather chemicals provider in the local market. Lanxess have invested €30 million in the facility, which employs about 150 people.
The plant will produce the full range of Lanxess leather chemicals for the local Chinese market. China is the world's single largest leather chemical market. The country has become the world's largest producer of leather products and one of the major consumers.
Above all, the market for automotive leather is expected to grow strongly in the coming years. Lanxess is one of the world's leading suppliers in this area.
“This plant will enable us to respond quickly and effectively to the industry's constant need for the complex, innovative and sophisticated chemicals that are vital for the preparation and finishing of the finest leather products," said Axel C Heitmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of Lanxess. "This investment also underlines our successful strategy of focusing on the emerging markets."
The plant features the latest technology enabling the company to provide innovative solutions towards the need for sustainable leather chemicals. It will produce premium products such as Tanigan, Isoderm, Euderm and Levotan used for leather tanning, dyeing and finishing applications.