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Akihisa Hirata wins Colored Concrete Works Award 2015

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS presented its second Colored Concrete Works Award on February 26, 2015, in Berlin to an architect who has set new standards in the use of colored concrete. This year’s award went to Akihisa Hirata for his design of the Alp apartment complex in Akabane-Nishi, Tokyo, Japan, completed in March 2010.



LANXESS: Earnings for fiscal year 2014 exceed expectations

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS expects EBITDA pre exceptionals to be higher than previously anticipated for the fourth quarter and therefore for the fiscal year 2014.



LANXESS awarded Best Socially Responsible Company at China Charity Festival

LANXESS has been awarded 2014 Best Socially Responsible Company at the 4th China Charity Festival held in Beijing, for its outstanding performance in corporate social responsibility and good public reputation.



Resistant to low temperatures and very rigid at high temperatures

Engineers increasingly are using Tepex performance composites from LANXESS subsidiary Bond-Laminates to significantly improve the mechanical strength of components made of fiber-reinforced thermoplastic compression molding compounds. The latest example is a cover on the rear muffler of the BMW i8. It is fabricated in a direct long fiber thermoplastic (DLFT) process from a polypropylene compression molding compound reinforced with long glass fiber rovings. An insert made of Tepex dynalite 104-RG601 is used as the surface layer. “With its stiffness at high temperatures, it ensures that the cover undergoes no deformation or failure in the hot environment of the rear muffler. What is more, our composite improves the strength and impact resistance of the component in freezing temperatures,” explained Harri Dittmar, composites expert at Bond-Laminates.



Green tire has become a trend of China’s tire industry

Specialty chemicals group LANXESS has commissioned China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) to carry out a research on China’s green tire development, which predicts that green tire will acount for more than 20% of China’s overal tire market in 2015, ten times the level in 2010, wihle the number is expected to jump to 60% by 2020 as a result of increasingly stricter regulations in the export market, China’s determination to eliminate backward production capacity and increasing consumer acceptance.



LANXESS showcases sustainable solutions for the coatings industry

LANXESS will present its comprehensive and innovative inorganic pigments and biocides product portfolios for the paints and coatings industry at the upcoming ChinaCoat 2014, which will be held at the Guangzhou International Convention & Exhibition Center during December 3-5.



Rhein Chemie to showcase innovative solutions for the lubricant industry

Rhein Chemie, a wholly-owned subsidiary of specialty chemicals company LANXESS, will be presenting its comprehensive product portfolio for the lubricant industry at the upcoming China International Lubricants and Technology Exhibition (China Inter Lubric) to be held at Beijing China International Exhibition Center from November 20 to 22. As a pioneer in the field of industrial lubricant additives, Rhein Chemie has been developing high performance and environmentally friendly additives under the motto “Focusing on Progress”, which has also been the driving force behind the company for its 125 years of history.



LANXESS records solid third quarter 2014 and implements first phase of realignment

The specialty chemicals company LANXESS is making rapid progress with its three-phase realignment program. With the implementation of the first phase, aimed at improving the competitiveness of the business and administrative structure, the Group plans to make total annual savings of EUR 150 million as of the end of 2016. LANXESS already expects savings of about EUR 20 million in the current year.



LANXESS leads in sustainability in China

German specialty chemical maker LANXESS was awarded as Golden Rubber Award - “Best Model of Social Responsibility” for the company’s contribution to the sustainable development of China’s rubber industry with pioneering technical expertise.



More Lewatit for the food industry

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is expanding its business with water treatment solutions. On September 26, 2014, the company will be inaugurating a new production line at its largest site worldwide in Leverkusen for the production of the Lewatit premium brand of weak acid cation (WAC) exchange resins, as well as bringing a cutting-edge food-grade filling and packing system into operation. Some EUR 10 million has been invested in the expansion, which began in April 2013. The additional volumes will be available to the global market with immediate effect.



LANXESS subsidiary Bond-Laminates successfully completes capacity expansion

LANXESS subsidiary Bond-Laminates, that belongs to the business unit High Performance Materials, has completed capacity expansion at its site in Brilon, Germany, for the high-performance composite Tepex on schedule. The two new production plants were recently taken into operation.



Valuable material for wind power

China has been pushing forward the wind power as the country targets to increase non-fossil energy to achieve its environmental goals. With an installed power capacity at 91,424MW, China is leading as the largest wind energy provider worldwide. LANXESS, a leading synthetic rubber manufacturer, is finding applications of its high performance elastomers to the country’s burgeoning wind turbines business. Engineers often choose Levapren from LANXESS, particularly when it comes to large wind turbines, because this halogen-free ethylene-vinyl acetate synthetic rubber (EVM) helps to significantly reduce the risk of fire in the vicinity of the generators and to protect considerable investments in the event of fire.



LANXESS expands new plant for inorganic pigments in Ningbo

Specialty chemicals group LANXESS is strengthening its production network in China to meet the high level of demand for iron oxide pigments and is adding a mixing and milling plant to the pigment plant already under construction in Ningbo.



LANXESS to showcase full membrane product portfolio at Water & Membrane China

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of products and solutions for water treatment and purification, LANXESS will bring its full range of reverse osmosis membrane elements to Water & Membrane China, which will be held from September 16-18 at China International Exhibition Center.



LANXESS strengthens high-tech plastics production in USA

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is expanding its Gastonia, North Carolina, compounding facility for high-tech plastics by adding a second production line. The expansion represents an investment volume of about USD 15 million and will double the existing capacity from 20,000 to 40,000 metric tons annually. Construction for the second line is expected to commence in the second half of 2014 with production scheduled to begin in early 2016.



LANXESS pressing ahead with realignment, consolidating business units

LANXESS is pressing ahead systematically with its realignment. The specialty chemicals Group has defined a three-phase program "Let’s LANXESS again”, divided into the following three areas:



Change in the Board of Management at LANXESS

Werner Breuers, Board Member of LANXESS AG and up to now responsible for the segments Performance Polymers and Advanced Intermediates, will leave the company at his own request after his contract ends on May 31, 2015, in order to pursue new challenges. Mr. Breuers will leave the Board of Management with immediate effect. He will, however, remain in an advisory role to LANXESS for a transitional period.



LANXESS at the All China Leather Exhibition 2014 September 3 to 5

LANXESS will showcase new technologies for a future-oriented leather production at the All China Leather Exhibition 2014 in Shanghai. From September 3 – 5 the specialty chemicals company will present sustainable solutions, which enable economic interest, ecological soundness and consumer benefits.



Flexible in the Arctic Ocean

Shipbuilding is seen as an indicator of the state of the world economy. That is why a recent report caused some excitement – it would seem that the industry is recovering. And not just in South Korea, which has occupied a leading position in this sector the past few years. Specialty chemicals company LANXESS also benefits from this turn of events.



LANXESS awards international architecture prize for the 2nd time

LANXESS will be presenting the second Colored Concrete Works Award in 2015 to an architect or developer who used colored concrete to implement new and interesting facets in his or her project.