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Strong demand for disinfectants and industrial preservation leads to expansion
Lanxess is expanding its production capacity for the active ingredient Preventol CMK (chlorocresol) at the Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany, site by around 50% in response to the continuing strong demand for disinfectants and industrial preservation.
The speciality chemicals company has invested a single-digit million euro amount for the expansion, which will be completed in the first quarter of 2022.
Lanxess markets Preventol CMK as a registered active ingredient for disinfection and preservation and also uses it in its own formulations marketed under the known Preventol and Virkon brands. A rapidly growing area of application is disinfectants in the animal and human sectors. Demand for these products has risen significantly in recent years due to the African swine fever, the avian influenza and the Corona pandemic, among other things.
"With the additional capacities, we remain a reliable partner for our customers and can continue to meet the increased demand for Preventol CMK in the disinfection industry," says Matthias Arnold, head of the actives & disinfection business line at the company’s material protection products business unit. "For disinfectants, we expect sustained high demand even after the Corona pandemic due to an increased hygiene awareness."
In agricultural businesses, disinfectants based on Preventol CMK help contain the spread of diseases and contribute to the reduction of antibiotics in animal husbandry. The topic of biosecurity is also gaining in importance worldwide due to increasing population and meat consumption, leading to a sustained increase in demand for disinfectants. In the field of human health, disinfectants based on Preventol CMK can be used in hospitals, for example, but also in the household application segment.
Lanxess is said to be the world's largest producer of chlorocresol and provides regulatory support for the active ingredient in all major biocide markets, such as in Europe under the Biocidal Products Regulation BPR or in the USA with the Environmental Protection Agency EPA.
The company also expects strong market growth in the field of industrial preservation. CMK-based Preventol products have a very broad and balanced spectrum of activity against moulds, bacteria and yeasts - even in highly microbiologically contaminated media. This makes them interesting for numerous applications - especially in leather preservation and construction.
Says Oliver Kretschik, head of the biocides business line at the material protection products business unit: "Our Preventol CMK-based products meet the stringent regulatory requirements worldwide. The expansion will enable us to satisfy the strong demand for these products also in the future,"
In the construction industry, CMK-based Preventol products can replace products containing formaldehyde. In the leather industry, they meet both high technical requirements and rising industry standards in terms of sustainability and toxicity.
The company’s material protection products business unit develops and markets antimicrobial agents, preservatives and disinfectants. The products are used worldwide in a wide range of applications, for example in the paints and coatings, disinfectants and wood preservation industries, as well as in the construction and beverage sectors. They protect materials from spoilage by microorganisms such as bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses and algae, extend the life of end products and maintain their functionality. In addition, Material Protection Products offers extensive technical service, regulatory support, and project-specific research and development.
27th January 2022