LANXESS strengthens joint research and development with Qingdao University of Science and Technology


Beijing, December 2, 2011 –German specialty chemicals company LANXESS is strengthening its partnership with the prestigious Qingdao University of Science and Technology (QUST). The company has recently signed two agreements with the university known for its strong rubber R&D capabilities, to join forces in research activities and education initiatives.


LANXESS Technical Rubber Products business unit agreed with QUST on a Rubber Excellence Partnership. Through this program, students at QUST will receive lectures and mentoring from professors with the German Institute of Rubber Technology. The institute is one of the world’s leading rubber R&D centers with a track record of successful collaboration with universities.

The top two students from within the program will be selected for a customized four-week internship in Germany. They will gain not only the precious working experience at the world’s largest and one of the most innovative manufacturers of synthetic rubber, but also the good knowledge of LANXESS’ culture and technology.


LANXESS Butyl Rubber business unit has signed an agreement with QUST to conduct joint research activities that will allow a group of QUST researchers to work hand in hand with LANXESS research and development teams. Together, they will work on a butyl rubber compounding and analysis project. The scope of this research project will include the structure-property analysis of vulcanized butyl rubber and its blends via mechanical, rheological and microscopy analysis.


“We are happy to strengthen our partnership with QUST. At LANXESS we see a commitment to education as one of the key aspects of a sustainable corporate policy. We understand that qualified young talents are a basic prerequisite for the long-term success of any business,” says Dr. Guenther Weymans, head of Technical Rubber Products business unit. Dr. Weymans was awarded an honorary title of Professor Honorary Causa (Prof. hc) by QUST at the signing ceremony.


Early in 2008, LANXESS opened its Rubber Research Center (RRCQ) in Qingdao in close collaboration with QUST. This world-class research center is located within the university’s vicinity. It is jointly operated by LANXESS business units Technical Rubber Products, Butyl Rubber and Performance Butadiene Rubbers, and marks an investment of some USD 16 million. In 2009, it was expanded to include a 400-square meter rubber mixing/testing laboratory and a 400-square meter pilot plant.


“With the agreement, we further expand our research and development in this vital market,” said Ron Commander, head of Butyl Rubber Business Unit. “The partnership allows us to leverage QUST’s strength to build up our competencies for sustainable success in China. For Qingdao University of Science and Technology, they will have the opportunity to enter into a new field of highly innovative synthetic rubber technology.”


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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