May 3, 2022

ARLANXEO Invests in Debottlenecking of Therban® HNBR Plant in Leverkusen to Meet Expanding Demands for Advanced Synthetic Rubber Products

The Hague, May 3rd, 2022 – ARLANXEO is strengthening its position as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of synthetic rubber by investing in its HNBR (Hydrogenated Nitrile Butadiene Rubber) plant in Leverkusen, Germany. 

The investment re-emphasizes ARLANXEO’s commitment towards upgrading applications in automotive systems, oil exploration, mechanical engineering and aerospace to achieve efficient and sufficient product supply. This will be laying the foundation for the further increase of production capacity to meet the increasing global demand of HNBR. 

The debottlenecking will increase annual capacity of the Leverkusen plant by around 10% and is expected to be fully on stream by the end of 2022.

ARLANXEO produces and markets its HNBR grades under the Therban® brand. Therban® is used for example in the production of timing belts for cars, seals for the oil and gas industry, hoses for automotive, in new mobility applications and many more.

“This investment is a clear example of how ARLANXEO keeps upgrading and expanding its plants to enable us to provide the highest quality products to meet increasing customer demands. Moreover, it demonstrates ARLANXEO’s commitment to the Therban® business and is setting the basis for its future growth”, Christian Widdershoven, Chief Commercial Officer of ARLANXEO.

The Therban® plant in Leverkusen is important to ARLANXEO’s business development and innovation. For more than 20 years, ARLANXEO has been producing Therban® in Leverkusen, with a high degree of automation and in an eco-friendly way. ARLANXEO is committed to the market’s demand and will continue to support the local economic development with premium products and first-class service.

ARLANXEO is one of the world's largest producers of synthetic rubber and a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, a leading producer of energy and chemicals. It develops, produces and markets high-performance rubbers with a presence at more than 12 production sites in 9 countries and 7 innovation centers around the world. Its products are used for a wide range of applications: from the automotive and tire industries to the electrical, construction and oil and gas industries. For more information, please visit Follow us on LinkedIn.

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