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LANXESS celebrates on the finish line an epic bike journey from Newbury to Hong Kong

Jon Lee and Micheil Gordon, two Environmental Science graduates and keen cyclists, completed today their epic bike journey from Newbury, UK to Hong Kong. The grand journey, which lasted 10 months and covered 17,000 km, is in support of a good cause: to raise funds for WaterAid, whilst at the same time increasing awareness of an important environmental issue.



LANXESS acquires Pittsburgh biocide specialist Verichem

LANXESS is strengthening its portfolio of biocides with the acquisition of Verichem Inc. based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a result, the German specialty chemicals company will significantly bolster its position in the U.S. material protection market and broaden its global biocide manufacturing network. Both parties have agreed not to disclose financial details.



LANXESS signs Investment Agreement to build a new inorganic pigments plant in Ningbo

German specialty chemicals company LANXESS has entered into a conditional investment agreement with Ningbo Petrochemical Economic & Technological Development Zone for a future investment project. According to the agreement, LANXESS plans to build a new facility for the production of inorganic pigments in Ningbo to further grow its business in China and globally. The construction of the plant on this site is still subject to the approval of local authorities and further investigation of the suitability of the site.



LANXESS expands portfolio with bio-based plasticizers

LANXESS is strengthening its commitment to renewable raw materials. The German specialty chemicals company aims to produce phthalate-free plasticizers from bio-based succinic acid from 2012 onwards. Its strategic partner is the U.S. company BioAmber, Inc., based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. BioAmber is a global leader in succinic acid generated on the basis of renewable resources. Together, the two companies are developing plasticizers, whose cost-effectiveness and safety profile make them sustainable alternatives to phthalate-containing formulations.



LANXESS strengthens global phthalate-free plasticizer portfolio

LANXESS is strengthening its global asset base and product portfolio for premium, environmentally-friendly phthalate-free plasticizers. The specialty chemicals company has agreed to acquire UNITEX Chemical Corporation located in Greensboro, North Carolina. Financial details were not disclosed. The transaction also represents LANXESS’ first acquisition of a manufacturing site in the United States.



LANXESS’ Science Day showcases the charm of chemistry sciences

LANXESS hosted today its first Science Day in China at its Qingdao site. By opening the door to the public and displaying some hands-on experiments, the specialty chemicals company showcases how advanced chemical sciences help improve the quality of people’s lives.



LANXESS’ Saltigo eyes China Market

LANXESS business unit Saltigo will present its proven active ingredient Saltidin, used in insect repellents, to the Chinese market at the upcoming Academic Conference and Products Exhibition of Chinese Insecticides and Equipment in Xi’an.



LANXESS strengthens commitment to automotive sector

LANXESS has announced three major new investments totaling roughly EUR 30 million. LANXESS’ high-tech materials will offer innovative solutions to the growing local automotive market.



Chromite foundry sand now direct from LANXESS

LANXESS is already among the world's top producers of chrome ore for chemical applications. "In the future, we will also make our chromite sand available for a wider range of industrial applications," said Dr. Andreas Eickhoff, head of Strategic Marketing Chrome at LANXESS. "Through integration of the supply chain from mine to end-user, all from a single supplier, we can provide the foundry industry with high-quality chromite sand products of consistently high quality," he added.



LANXESS to produce first bio-based EPDM rubber in the world

LANXESS is strengthening its commitment to produce premium synthetic rubbers from bio-based raw materials. The German specialty chemicals company aims to commercially produce ethylene-propylene-diene monomer (EPDM) from bio-based ethylene by the end of the year. It will be the first form of bio-based EPDM rubber in the world.



Membrane filtration elements from Bitterfeld complement Lewatit ion exchange resins

On September 16, 2011, specialty chemicals company LANXESS has inaugurated its new production plant for membrane filtration elements in Bitterfeld, Saxony-Anhalt. The state-of-the-art facility is additionally equipped with laboratories, logistics areas and offices in order to deliver ready-to-use elements for reverse osmosis (RO) purposes to customers worldwide.



LANXESS inaugurates new incinerator at Liyang site

German specialty chemicals company LANXESS inaugurated today an incinerator at its site in Liyang, Jiangsu province. This facility can be used to clean the emissions while generating steam for energy-saving production, and thereby significantly contributes to save energy and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. “This investment marks another milestone in our quest to grow our business in Liyang while protecting the environment,” said Dr. Hubert Fink, Global Head of LANXESS Advanced Industrial Intermediates business unit.



LANXESS included in prominent global sustainability index

As of September 19, 2011, specialty chemicals company LANXESS will be listed for the first time in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World, a prominent global sustainability index. The DJSI is compiled once a year according to economic, ecological and social criteria.



LANXESS signs MOU with the Goethe-Institute to support young students

LANXESS announced today that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the German Cultural Center Beijing – Goethe Institute China to present sponsorships for outstanding Chinese students learning at the Goethe-partner schools in China.



Elevated to specialty status

From its beginnings 80 years ago as a key additive for rubber production, zinc oxide has since developed into a popular specialty chemical with a broad spectrum of application. Zinc oxide from LANXESS, first manufactured at the Uerdingen Chemical Park, Germany, eight decades ago, can look back on an exciting history.



LANXESS raises guidance after record Q2

LANXESS has lifted its full-year guidance for 2011 after achieving record results in the second quarter. The specialty chemicals company now expects EBITDA pre exceptionals to grow about 20 percent year-on-year after previously forecasting a growth of 10-15 percent. EBITDA pre exceptionals in the second quarter rose 26 percent year-on-year to EUR 339 million.



LANXESS Supervisory Board appoints Axel C. Heitmann as Chairman of the Board of Management for another five years

At its latest meeting, the Supervisory Board of LANXESS AG appointed Dr. Axel C. Heitmann (51) as Chairman of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG for a further five years.