top of page

Lanxess Forecasts Tight Markets for Polybutadiene & Butyl Rubber

Here are two interesting presentations from Lanxess’s Capital Markets Day on September 16.

Business Unit Butyl Rubber – The Enabler of Mobility Ron Commander, Head of Business Unit

A few observations:

  1. Lanxesss sees tire fuel efficiency standards in Europe and tire fuel efficiency labeling programs in the US and Japan as major drivers for BR demand going forward. In particular, Lanxess feels that its LXS HP rubber can be useful in improving rolling resistance in tire treads.

  2. Truck tire retreading is also a leading driver for BR demand, especially as retreaders strive to improve fuel economy and extend the tread life of retreaded tires (which will promote demand for high performance elastomers).

  3. Coupled with tire labeling programs, the continued diffusion of hybrid and electric vehicles will promote consumer awareness of the rolling resistance ratings of passenger tires. The BR presentation forecasts that 40% of global car registrations in the year 2020 will be electric/hybrid.

  4. The butyl presentation highlights the growing middle class in the BRIC countries as a key driver, along with investments in road infrastructure and ongoing radialization.

2 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Notch blog moves to Wix

Our blog, News from Notch Consulting, has been published continuously since November 2007 with free news and updates related to the tire, rubber, carbon black, silica, and rubber chemicals industries.

Bridgestone will divest Russian operations

On October 31, Bridgestone Corporation announced it will sell all of its assets in Russia due to the war in Ukraine. The process could take several months. Bridgestone is seeking a buyer for its 80.6

Nokian chooses Romania for new tire plant

Nokian Tyres has announced the location for its new tire plant — Oradea, Romania. The investment will total Euro 650 million and construction is scheduled to begin in early 2023. The factory is expect

Comments


bottom of page