Part of the Baypren® production plant in Dormagen, Germany
Production with state-of-the-art PCS
The CR plant in Dormagen produces polychloroprene by the continuous emulsion polymerization process. This results in high-quality polymers for technical rubber, adhesive and latex applications. The monomers are produced on site by LANXESS based on the butadiene gas phase process, with the chlorine and butadiene delivered by pipeline from on-site suppliers.
Several investments have been made recently to increase capacity and improve the quality and safety of the production plant in Dormagen. A major project was the implementation of a new Process Control System (PCS) in the polymerization plant in which a central control room for the whole production unit was built. Since November 2006, the monomer production unit, the polymerization, the finishing and the creaming farm can be controlled from that control room, significantly increasing the efficiency of the CR plant. The state-of-the-art PCS plays a major role in improving the safety and quality of CR production.
The capacity of adhesive grade production will be increased before the end of 2007 through further investment in polymerization reactors. In addition, the capacity of the creaming farm has already been increased – including the creaming and degassing steps. Further investment in that area will double the capacity of our dispersion product line by mid-2008.