The specialty chemicals group LANXESS inaugurated in Jhagadia, India, its new plant for ion exchange resins. Axel C. Heitmann, Chairman of the LANXESS Board of Management (center), Rainier van Roessel, Member of the LANXESS Board of Management (right), Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat (2nd from right) as well as Jörg Strassburger, Country Representative of LANXESS India (2nd from left) and Jean-Marc Vesselle, head of the business unit Ion Exchange Resins (left), pressed the button for the official plant opening.
December 02, 2010
LANXESS starts up new plant for ion exchange resins in India
Annual capacity of 35,000 metric tons / Further expansion phase of Jhagadia site successfully completed / New plant for high-tech plastics to go into operation in Jhagadia in 2012
Today, LANXESS opened Asia’s most state-of-the-art plant for ion exchange resins in India. The new plant was constructed over a period of two years in the new chemical park in Jhagadia in the Indian state of Gujarat. It boasts an annual capacity of 35,000 metric tons. Around 200 employees from the Ion Exchange Resins (ION) business unit manufacture products for industrial water treatment for the semi-conductor and pharmaceutical industries, the food sector and the power industry. The opening marked the successful completion of the second expansion phase in Jhagadia. The first project phase, which was completed in March of this year, saw a rubber chemicals production plant taken into operation. Overall, LANXESS has invested around EUR 50 million in the site to date.
“Demand for clean water is set to increase by around one-third worldwide by 2030. In Asia in particular, and in India especially, demand will grow disproportionately due to rapid population growth and increasing urbanization,” said Chairman of the LANXESS Board of Management Axel C. Heitmann at the official opening ceremony, which was also attended by the State Premier of the Indian state of Gujarat. “Production has therefore started at exactly the right time to benefit from this development.”
The new plant was constructed on an area totaling 30,000 square meters by up to 1,800 workers. Around 5,000 metric tons of steel and 400 kilometers of electric cable were used in the construction of the approximately 40-meter high production building in a process requiring nine million working hours. The wastewater is pre-cleaned in a separate wastewater treatment plant by LANXESS before it is released into the chemical park’s wastewater system. Huge amounts have been invested in environmentally friendly energy generation. LANXESS uses a cogeneration plant for the company’s own power station. This is run on natural gas. “We are also setting new benchmarks for sustainable production,” said Heitmann. “In total, around 20 percent of total construction costs were used for sustainability projects.”
Water treatment products
With its high-quality Lewatit ion exchange resins, adsorbers and functional polymers, LANXESS has more than 70 years of experience and expertise as a one-stop supplier of premium products for water treatment. The high-tech resins produced there are used in the fields of water treatment in power generation, microelectronics, and the drinking water and food preparation industries. The broad range of applications for these small beads of resin includes, for example, the decalcification or desalination of water in dishwashers and the decarbonization or extraction of heavy metals from drinking water in water filters. In addition to Jhagadia, LANXESS also produces Lewatit ion exchange resins at sites in both Bitterfeld and Leverkusen.
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