LANXESS kicks off Fifth “Clean Water for Better Life” University Students Research Competition

AQUATECH China LANXESS booth: 5.1H851, National Exhibition and Convention Center (No.333, Songze Street, Qingpu District, Shanghai)

Student representatives visited LANXESS’s booth at Aquatech China

Shanghai – June 4, 2019 –Coinciding with the opening day of Aquatech China, German specialty chemicals company LANXESS today kicked off the fifth “Clean Water for Better Life” University Students Research Competition with a ceremony held at its regional headquarters in Shanghai. “Education lays the foundation for China’s future development, and young people are of great significance for both enterprises and the society,” LANXESS Asia-Pacific President Ming Cheng Chien said. Also present were Du Juan, Associate Editor-in-chief of the project’s co-organizer China Sustainability Tribune, and executives from the LANXESS Liquid Purification Technologies (LPT) business unit.

In addition to supporting the Water Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan (also called “Water Ten Plan”) issued by China’s State Council, the competition this year adopts a more comprehensive approach towards sustainable development by embracing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “Clean drinking water is one of the 17 SDGs,” Ming Cheng Chien said. “By holding this competition, LANXESS expects to encourage university students to conduct practical researches from multiple perspectives, and across disciplines and regions, making contributions to sustainability.”

LANXESS kicks off Fifth “Clean Water for Better Life” University Students Research Competition
At the ceremony, Du Juan said that young people are becoming a major force for water conservation. “The competition in the past four years has selected many outstanding projects from our universities, opening up a new chapter for water treatment.” So far, the competition has received 47 projects submitted by 30 universities in 15 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities), including Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tongji University, Wuhan University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Shandong University and Hohai University.  Since 2015, water competition has attracted 729 students and received active support from universities.

Following the ceremony, the student representatives visited the company’s booth at Aquatech China, Asia’s largest exhibition for water treatment professionals held in Shanghai from June 3-5. In talks with LANXESS experts, they had opportunity to learn about professional equipment and know-how of water treatment on site. This included the Lewabrane HP reverse osmosis series. Presented for the first time in China, the membrane is able to provide high quality water at a relatively low cost, meeting the increasing need for quality water in the local market.

Student representatives visited LANXESS’s booth at Aquatech China

Experts from the LPT business unit are providing theoretical and practical support to the competing teams. With over eight decades of development, LANXESS has accumulated rich expertise in the purification and treatment of drinking water, industrial water and waste water, and the desalinization of sea water and salty water. It can call on comprehensive product lines and powerful software platforms.

Opening ceremony at LANXESS’s booth, Aquatech China

Looking ahead, LANXESS and China Sustainability Tribune plan to release a LANXESS “Clean Water for Better Life” Project Evaluation Report at the awards ceremony in November. The partners plan to inspire more young people in China to devote efforts and talents to water conservation. The report will summarize the development and achievements of the competitions during the last five years through interviews and surveys, and will explore the value of the research projects involved.

The U.N. SDGs are a set of 17 goals contained in The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted at the U.N. Sustainable Development Summit on September 25,  2015 by 193 member states. LANXESS has contributed to such goals by actively participating in related projects. For instance, LANXESS has set up its own climate protection goal, which is to reduce specific CO2 emission, energy consumption and VOC emission by 25% by the end of 2025 (compared with December 31, 2015).

In addition, LANXESS has launched a project to reduce particulate emission to zero, in order to prevent further pollution of oceans and coastlines. The LANXESS subsidiary Saltigo produces crop protection products that can help to increase agricultural yields, contributing to the goal of eliminating hunger. The products of the LPT business unit are used for producing clean water, and at the same time, LANXESS has managed to reduce its process waste water by 6% in the past five years.

Over a decade, LANXESS has organized over 500 educational programs around the world, reaching over 700,000 young people. In China, LANXESS also has actively provided donations and scholarships to students from elementary schools to universities, and implemented a number of educational programs, such as the  LANXESS-PASCH Dream Career Program and the “Clean Water for Better Life” University Students Research Competition.



LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.2 billion in 2018. The company currently has about 15,500 employees in 33 countries and is represented at 60 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good.



On January 31, 2005, the company was initially listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and LANXESS Chemical (China) Co., Ltd. officially started operations. LANXESS has 15 subsidiaries, 7 R&D centers and 7 production sites with around 1,500 employees in Greater China. LANXESS works closely with its local partners to develop market-oriented solutions that meet local market needs.


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