LANXESS in China at a glance

President of LANXESS Asia-Pacific Region: Ming Cheng Chien

Headquarters: Shanghai

Employees: 1,200(up to March, 2020)

Sites: Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Wuxi, Qingdao, Liyang, Nantong, Changzhou, Ningbo, Nanjing, Taipei, Kaohsiung


LANXESS R&D activities in China
LANXESS works closely with its local partners to develop market-oriented solutions that meet local market needs. In addition to technical support and testing responsibilities, LANXESS R&D centers in China are involved in developing new technologies, processes, novel materials and replacing raw material with environment-friendly chemicals.

R&D Centers:

  • Qingdao Beverage Technology Center,
  • Hong Kong Asia Pacific Development & Application Center
  • Changzhou microbiology test laboratory
  • Wuxi Research and Development Testing Center for engineering plastics
  • Rhein Chemie R&D lab
  • Shanghai AADC

Major presence in China:

Shanghai is the headquarters of LANXESS in China.


The High Performance Materials business unit manufactures high-tech plastics in Wuxi. Since May 2007, the Business Unit also operates a R&D Center for high-tech plastics at the site. In July 2011, LANXESS inaugurated a new production line for high-tech plastics, representing an investment of Euro 10 million, and expanded the plant’s annual capacity for high-tech plastics from 40,000 tons per year to 60,000 tons.



Established in 1995, Rhein Chemie (Qingdao) Ltd. manufactures polymer additives and lubricant oil additives for the electrical, electronics and automotive industries in the Asian market. LANXESS subsidiary Rhein Chemie built a plant for lubricant oil additives manufacturing in Qingdao, which started production at the beginning of 2009.

In July 2008, a new Rubber Research Center (RRCQ) was established in Qingdao in close cooperation with Qingdao’s University of Science and Technology (QUST). RRCQ marks an investment of some USD 16 million. In May 2009, RRCQ was expanded to include a 400-square meter rubber mixing/testing laboratory and a 400-square meter pilot plant.

In August 2011, LANXESS opened a Technology Center in Qingdao, China. The new technology center serves the customers in Asia and China by providing analytical, technical and consultancy services, as well as customized-solutions centered on LANXESS’ flagship product Velcorin.

In order to meet growing demand for Rhenogran in China and the APAC area, Rhein Chemie invested EUR 3.3million in upgrading its production lines in polymer-bound rubber chemicals. The new Rhenogran® V9 production line, which is equipped with state-of-art technology and has an annual capacity of 3,000 metric tons, started production in the middle of September 2013.

In November 2015, LANXESS opened a production line for Rhenoshape high-performance tire curing bladders at its Qingdao production site. It is LANXESS’ first Rhenoshape production line in Asia. The new production line is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to manufacture curing bladders for lightweight commercial vehicle tires and passenger car tires. It leverages the latest findings in bladder technology and provides customers with a combination of brand new compression and injection presses


LANXESS (Liyang) Polyols Co, Ltd was founded in 2009. The site is operated by the LANXESS Advanced Industrial Intermediates business unit to manufacture Trimethylolpropane(TMP), Di-TMP(Trimethylolpropane Dimer) and CaFo in Liyang, Jiangsu Province. 



With the acquisition of U.S. company Chemtura effective April 21, 2017, specialty chemicals company LANXESS is also acquiring the production site in Nantong, China. The company is producing Urethanes and lubricants at the Nantong site. The urethanes product range produced in Nantong includes hot-cast prepolymers. These are components of specialty polyurethanes that are used primarily in the construction, mining, oil, gas, athletic equipment and electronics industries. These polymers are used, for example, to manufacture rollers for conveyor belts or inline skates. Lubricants for industrial applications are manufactured in Nantong as well.



LANXESS established APAC Application Development Center (AADC) at Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in 2021. The new center substantially increases the company’s local innovation capabilities. Initially, it combines the research activities of the Business Units Polymer Additives (PLA), Lubricant Additives (LAB), and Urethane Systems (URE). The AADC is the first project put into operation at SCIP’s new InnoGreen Shanghai International Chemical New Materials Innovation Center.


Hong Kong
HK office opened in the year of 1958. A team of sales experts markets the entire product portfolio for the Asia Pacific region.

In April, 2013, LANXESS has opened a new Asia-Pacific Application Development Center for its high-tech plastics in the Hong Kong Science & Technology Park. It is run by the High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit and provides comprehensive and high-value services ranging from concept development support, computer-aided design, computer-aided engineering and mold-design assistance to part testing for the automotive industry and other segments.


In the first half of 2013, LANXESS’ largest leather chemicals plant in Changzhou, Jiangsu province came on stream. The facility with an investment of up to USD 40 million is designed for a capacity of 50,000 metric tons per year. The Changzhou site also houses a leather chemical development lab.

Since 2013, the Material Protection Products business unit runs a microbiology test lab in Changzhou to strengthen its competitiveness in the biocides business in Asia. In addition, the business unit manufactures Preventol® biocides in Changzhou. The main application of these products is the preservation of diverse products, such as coatings, latex, adhesive, metal working fluid, water treatment, construction material and so on.


September 25, 2019 , LANXESS held an opening ceremony to celebrate the start of production at its new plant in Changzhou. The compounding facility produces Durethan- and Pocan-branded high-tech plastics, especially for the automotive sector and the electric and electronics industry.


At the beginning of 2013, LANXESS announced to invest EUR 55 million in building a new high-tech facility for premium iron oxide red pigments in Ningbo Petrochemical Economic & Technological Development Zone (NPEDZ). The plant will initially have an annual capacity of 25,000 metric tons. Construction has begun in the second quarter 2013. The plant will use an improved and truly sustainable Penniman process.

In September 2014, LANXESS added a mixing and milling plant on the same site in Ningbo to strengthen its production network in China to meet the high level of demand for iron oxide pigments. This brings the total investment at the Ningbo site from around EUR 55 to around EUR 60 million. The mixing and milling plant will have an annual capacity of 70,000 metric tons, processing raw pigments from other LANXESS sites for the Asian market. The construction of both plants were completed in the fourth quarter of 2015 and start production in 2016. The total investment at the Ningbo site is EUR 60 million.



The Taiwan office went into operation on April, 2016. Currently responsible for the indent sales operated in BU Leather and BU Advanced Industrial Intermediates business in Taiwan and stock business, which creates possibility for business model expansion and provides a new platform for the BUs to handle their business in Taiwan.


With the acquisition of U.S. company Chemtura effective April 21, 2017, LANXESS has added a production site in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The plant was founded in 1979, which manufactures the antioxidant for the use in petroleum-based and synthetic lubricants. The products can be found in the engine oil of the passenger car, automatic transmission fluid, industrial oil and greases.

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