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Highlights Q2 2012

LANXESS sets its sights on Turkey’s growing market

Photo: LANXESS sets its sights on Turkey‘s growing market

In the future the Group will conduct its business in this growing market, which already contributed around €125 million to Group sales in 2011, through the new country company LANXESS Kimya Ticaret Ltd. Şti. LANXESS markets its entire range of products in Turkey, with a special focus on high-performance rubber products, rubber chemicals and high-tech plastics for the automotive sector, and color pigments for the construction industry. LANXESS previously conducted its business in Turkey via external distributors.

New plant for high-tech plastics in Belgium

LANXESS is investing €75 million to build an industrial-scale plant for the polymerization of high-tech plastics at its Antwerp site. The plant – located in close proximity to LANXESS’s existing caprolactam facility – will have an annual capacity of around 90,000 metric tons and is due on stream in the first quarter of 2014. The new combination of facilities will enable LANXESS to supply its global network of compounding plants with polyamide plastics directly from Antwerp.

Formalin unit inaugurated in Krefeld-Uerdingen

In April, LANXESS officially inaugurated a new formalin production plant at the Krefeld Chempark site. Formalin is a feedstock for trimethylolpropane (TMP), which is used in the manufacture of numerous products for the automotive, furniture, construction and other industries. With this investment of around €18 million, LANXESS is expanding its leading position as a manufacturer and supplier of TMP. Production of high-grade formalin at the new facility is particularly energy-efficient and eco-friendly thanks to the use of modern technology.

Strengthening the French production site in Port Jérôme

LANXESS will invest some €30 million through 2015 to further enhance productivity and energy efficiency at its production site for high-performance tire rubbers in Port Jérôme, France. The rubbers produced at this site are neodymium-polybutadiene (Nd-PBR) and solution styrene-butadiene (SSBR). They are used mainly in the production of green tires, which, with annual growth of around 10%, represent the most rapidly expanding segment of the global tire industry.

Commitment to sustainability strengthened and honored

Photo: Commitment to sustainability strengthened and honored

At its site in Krefeld-Uerdingen, LANXESS has switched transportation of its products to rail, eliminating up to 1,800 truck journeys and 485 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year. This corresponds to a reduction in emissions of roughly 65% compared to road transportation. In addition, moving products by rail reduces traffic on the roads and also increases safety by taking hazardous goods off the expressways and city streets.

The dry finishing process developed by LANXESS employees is helping to protect the environment and conserve resources in the production of butyl rubber. It not only reduces the number of project steps, but also cuts electricity and steam input and the amounts of waste air and wastewater generated during production. As a result, it was awarded first prize in this year‘s Responsible Care competition held by the German Chemical Industry Association in North Rhine-Westphalia.

LANXESS launches Senior Trainee Program

With a Senior Trainee Program to be launched in November 2012, the company aims to offer university graduates, particularly women, a new start to their careers after several years of parental leave. The innovative offer is especially aimed at graduates in chemistry, engineering, communications, law, economics and information technology. Another condition is at least three years of professional experience following graduation. Through this 18-month program LANXESS will offer qualified full-time jobs in many areas at its German sites. The employees returning to work will be able to take advanced training courses and will be supported by coaches and experienced mentors.

LANXESS commissions new NBR facility in China

In a joint venture with the Taiwanese TSRC Corporation, around €39 million has been invested in a facility in Nantong with an initial annual capacity of 30,000 metric tons. The new facility – the most modern of its type in Asia – will enable LANXESS to serve the growing demand in the region brought about by the megatrends of mobility and urbanization. China is the world’s largest and fastest-growing market for NBR with an average annual growth rate of around 10%.

Photo: LANXESS commissions new NBR facility in China