On July 20, 2011, Lanxess began work on the expansion of its menthol facility. The capacity of the plant at the Krefeld-Uerdingen site is to be doubled to meet the increasing demand on the world markets, with a scheduled completion slated for the first half of 2012.
“The additional quantities of thymol, crude menthol and D,I-menthol will allow our long-time contract partner Symrise to enter into long-term supply agreements," said Dr. Hubert Fink, head of the advanced industrial intermediates business unit at Lanxess. This investment is a clear commitment to Germany and North Rhine-Westphalia as an industrial location. Also, as part of the construction project, three large distillation columns will be built in the fall of 2011.