LANXESS Dedicates the Year of Dragon to Green Mobility

Shanghai, February 1, 2012 – German specialty chemicals company LANXESS is dedicating the year of the dragon to the tackling of one of the most significant global challenges by declaring it “the Year of Green Mobility”.


As a rapidly increasing number of people in China and other emerging markets acquire the means to own a car, transportation is on the rise. Statistics show that China had more than 225 million vehicles, which include motorcycles and automobiles, on its roads as of the end of 2011, and the figure is still growing strongly. While the trend benefits mankind, it also poses significant challenges, including increased traffic and air pollution. “How to protect the environment in response to the fast expanding mobility trend has posed a great challenge for China and the world,” said Martin Kraemer, CEO of LANXESS Greater China. “As a leading specialty chemicals company, we are committed to contributing to the future of sustainable mobility with our expertise and effective innovations.”


As a part of the theme year, LANXESS will initiate a series of events and take part in trade fairs and conferences that will provide information to all interest groups, ranging from customers and officials to media and employees. “We will be highlighting how innovative solutions from the chemical industry can enable us to travel quickly, cleanly and safely,” said Kraemer.


Innovations for Green Mobility
LANXESS, the world’s largest manufacturer of synthetic rubber, is also the key supplier of SSBR (solution-styrene-polybutadiene rubber) and Nd-PBR (neodymium polybutadiene rubber) rubbers which are essential in the production of green tires. Statistics show that tires are responsible for between 20 and 30 percent of a car’s fuel consumption and around 24 percent of its CO₂emissions. Using a green tire produced with high-performance rubber can decrease the fuel consumption of a car by 5 to 7 %, and consequently reduce the emission of CO₂.


SSBR is used primarily in the tread of green tires. This rubber grade reduces the rolling resistance of tires while also improving wet grip. Nd-PBR is used mainly in the tire tread and sidewalls. It enables a lower rolling resistance than many other tire rubbers, and also reduces tire abrasion and therefore makes cars safer and more durable.


Additives also play an important role here. LANXESS’ nano additive Nanoprene® when added to a tire’s treads, can significantly improve the tire’s grip on wet roads as well as resistance to abrasion.


Apart from cutting-edge products, sustainable production processes and raw materials can also make a difference. Since the end of 2011, LANXESS has started producing EPDM (ethylene-propylene-diene monomer) from bio-based ethylene. The product is used above all in the automotive industry, such as door sealants and windshield wipers. “By using bio-based feedstock, it will be possible in the future to produce large quantities of high-grade rubber from organic waste,” Kraemer said.


Another simple and effective way to save fuel is to build lighter cars.
Durethan® (polyamide) and Pocan® (polybutylene terephthalate), two of the strongest brands of LANXESS Semi-Crystalline Products (SCP) business unit, play a vital role in the design of more environmentally responsible cars. By replacing metal components, they make cars lighter.


Mobility does not simply relate to the road, and LANXESS has its innovative solutions to meet the demand from other aspects. For example, the Preventol® products from LANXESS Material Protection Products (MPP) business unit for antifouling coatings can effectively prevent the formation of algae on the hulls of ships, thus to contribute to speed and fuel consumption. Bayferrox® from the business unit Inorganic Pigments (IPG) and pigment preparations from Functional Chemicals (FCC) can add colors to the ships while at the same time provide protection against rustiness and increase their life cycle.


Commitment to the sustainable mobility of China
The rising environmental standards from the Chinese government as stated in the 12th five-year plan and the public’s growing awareness is driving the demand for sustainable solutions to the megatrend mobility. The Chinese government has set an ambitious goal to reduce CO₂emissions per unit of GDP by 40 to 45% during the period 2005-2020.


“With our cutting edge products and solutions, we are determined to help make green mobility happen here in China,” said Kraemer. “Our technical rubber products, functional chemicals and the innovative additives from Rhein Chemie business unit are opening up new frontiers in fuel efficiency and environmental performance.”


The Spring Festival is drawing to an end, but the country’s roads and railways are still under harsh test as millions of travelers are returning to city work after the week-long holiday. The nation’s transportation system is expecting nearly 3.2 billion passenger trips during the 40-day travel rush, through February 16. Around 90 percent of the passengers will travel on the road. “If all vehicles are fitted with green tires, we can expect some 5 to 7 percent cut of the total fuel consumption and consequently CO₂emissions,” said Kraemer. “That means a lot both to economy and environment.”


It has been a tradition with LANXESS to give each year a theme. For instance, 2010 was the “Year of Water” whereby LANXESS dedicated it to the ever-more scarce resource water. And the Year 2011 was devoted to a special product - high-tech plastics. “For the auspicious year of Dragon, we are launching our new campaign Green Mobility, by which we aim to create greater awareness on this important topic,” said Kraemer.


LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.1 billion in 2010 and currently around 16,100 employees in 30 countries. The company is at present represented at 47 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals. LANXESS is a member of the leading sustainable indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World and FTSE4Good.


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Charlene Pan

Charlene Pan
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