Thermoplastic composites from LANXESS for engine shields, fuel tank covers and center tunnel covers in the underbody area

When the going gets tough

Excellent durability on rough roads
Dramatically increased strength and stiffness
Same mold for standard components and custom parts

Frequently used for off-road assignments or for driving on extremely poor roads, jeeps and SUVs need to be fitted with particularly durable underbody panels. An innovative material solution for such custom parts is based on the continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites of the Tepex brand made by LANXESS’s subsidiary Bond-Laminates GmbH. These enable the manufacture of virtually indestructible engine shields, fuel tank covers and center tunnel covers which were specially developed for the MLB53A platform. They are already in use on several standard models such as the Bentley Bentayga. In the future they will also be applied in the Audi Q7.

“In a trial on a rough and rocky test track, the components withstood the extreme wear and tear of the underbody hitting the surface as well as gravel impact with virtually no damage at all,” says Harri Dittmar, Tepex applications developer. On top of that, the composite material simplifies the production process. “Custom parts can be produced in the same mold as the corresponding standard vehicle components. Processors don’t need to turn other materials and can eliminate investments in additional molds and presses with higher clamping forces,” adds Dittmar.

Simple compression molding process

The shields and covers for the standard and custom models are both fabricated in a compression molding process using polypropylene-based low-weight reinforced thermoplastics (LWRT). The large LWRT blanks are heated in a convection oven and inserted by a robot into a compression mold that can shape up to four components simultaneously depending on part size. The components are then punched out of the finish-contoured blanks or cut out with a water jet. To fabricate the components for the custom parts, a 0.5-millimeter-thick Tepex insert is additionally placed on top of the LWRT blanks and molded together with them, so that the resulting components have a Tepex surface on the side facing the road.

The engine shields and the tank covers are manufactured by ElringKlinger Abschirmtechnik AG, based in Sevelen, Switzerland. It uses the LWRT material ElroCoustic. The center tunnel covers are fabricated by Röchling SE & Co. KG of Mannheim, Germany, from its own LWRT material called Seeberlite. The inserts for all of the custom parts are made of Tepex dynalite 104-RG 601, comprising a polypropylene matrix in which 47 percent by volume continuous glass fiber rovings are embedded as a single-layer fabric.

Outstanding sound absorption

The top layer of Tepex significantly increases the strength, stiffness and above all the toughness of the LWRT components. Dittmar: “Because of its unique structure, LWRT additionally has a very good sound-absorbing effect, which would not have been possible with other compression molding compounds and would have meant less comfort.” The durability of the composite structure can be increased even more if Tepex is used not only on the side facing the road but also on the inside as an overlay. “The result would be a sandwich structure with a core made of LWRT that is even stiffer but nonetheless still lightweight,” says Dr. Egon Moos, Product Manager Underbody Systems at Röchling Automotive.

Wide range of applications

Tepex is used in more than just car underbody panels. It has since become established in many other series applications in automotive lightweight construction. The composite material is shaped and back-injected to make seat backrests, front-end components, brake pedals and bumper crossbars. On account of Tepex’s growing application potential in lightweight automotive engineering, LANXESS has set up a dedicated project group headed by Henrik Plaggenborg that supports partners worldwide through all stages of Tepex component development right up to production launch.

For more detailed information on Tepex properties, applications and processing technologies, go to www.bond-laminates.com.

LANXESS successfully completes acquisition of Chemtura

· Acquisition cleared by all required regulatory authorities
· Combined additives business with annual sales of approximately EUR 2 billion is a further strong pillar in the group
· Increased footprint in the North American growth region
· Zachert: “This acquisition is another major step in our realignment process.”

Cologne – Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has successfully completed the acquisition of U.S. company Chemtura, one of the world’s leading suppliers of flame retardant and lubricant additives, earlier than originally expected effective April 21, 2017. All required regulatory authorities have cleared the transaction. Already in February 2017, Chemtura’s shareholders voted to approve the acquisition. With a total enterprise value of EUR 2.4 billion, Chemtura is the largest acquisition in the history of LANXESS. The acquisition significantly expands the company’s additives portfolio and makes LANXESS one of the world’s leading players in this growth field, which is one of the most attractive in the specialty chemicals industry. In addition to additives, Chemtura’s urethanes and organometallics businesses will be integrated into the LANXESS portfolio. The Cologne-based specialty chemicals company will absorb some 2,500 Chemtura employees at 20 sites in 11 countries worldwide. The former Chemtura businesses generate annual sales of approximately EUR 1.5 billion.

“The acquisition of Chemtura is another major step in our realignment process and a significant milestone in our course of growth. The ‘new’ LANXESS is increasingly taking shape. The expansion of the additives business gives LANXESS an additional strong pillar. In its new set-up and with an even more balanced portfolio, the company will be much more stable and profitable. At the same time, Chemtura considerably strengthens our presence in the North American growth region,” said Matthias Zachert, Chairman of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG. “We will now focus our energy on rapidly and smoothly integrating the new businesses and employees, as well as on optimally serving our new and existing customers.” Through the acquisition LANXESS increased its footprint in North America. In this region, the company is now represented at 24 production sites (previously 12) and employs approximately 2,800 staff (previously 1,500). The region’s share in global sales increases from approximately 17 percent to approximately 21 percent. The expected annual synergy effects from the transaction amount to approximately EUR 100 million with realization targeted until 2020. The acquisition of Chemtura is already expected to be accretive to LANXESS’s earnings per share in the first full fiscal year after closing. LANXESS financed the acquisition through two corporate bonds and a hybrid bond as well as cash. The bonds were successfully placed at attractive terms already in 2016.

Additives: a further strong pillar of LANXESS
Effective immediately, LANXESS will combine its entire additives business within the new Specialty Additives segment. This segment is an additional pillar in the LANXESS group, with annual sales of approximately EUR 2 billion and some 2,900 employees worldwide. The segment comprises the new Additives and Rhein Chemie business units. The combined business with flame retardant and lubricant additives is anchored in the Additives business unit, which is headed up by Anno Borkowsky. The Rhein Chemie business unit, headed up by Philipp Junge, comprises the existing rubber and color additives businesses of LANXESS.
LANXESS strengthens profitable flame retardant and lubricant additives business

LANXESS is significantly strengthening its competitive position in the area of lubricant additives and synthetic lubricants for industrial applications. “We are now one of the leading suppliers of industrial lubricants and possess an integrated value chain,” explained Anno Borkowsky. LANXESS expects medium-term growth of 3 to 4 percent annually for the industrial lubricant additives market, driven primarily by steadily increasing demands placed on lubricants as regards performance capability and environmental compatibility.

LANXESS is also significantly expanding its market position for flame retardant additives and now also operates the former Chemtura businesses with brominated flame retardant additives, bromine and bromine derivatives. Due to their high effectiveness, these substances are used among others in the construction industry and are an ideal complement for the existing LANXESS business with phosphorus-based flame retardant additives. “Flame retardance requirements are continuously rising due particularly to the trend toward energy-efficient construction. This acquisition will also make us one of the world’s leading suppliers of flame retardant additives.
As of today, we can offer our customers an array of complementary brominated and phosphorus-based products from a single source,” said Borkowsky. LANXESS also expects medium-term annual growth rates of 3 to 4 percent for the area of flame retardant additives.

New fields of business for LANXESS: urethanes and organometallics

The urethanes business is new for LANXESS. Effective immediately, it will be placed within the newly formed Urethane Systems business unit headed up by Markus Eckert. The product range includes hot- cast prepolymers, special aqueous urethane dispersions and polyester polyols. These are components of specialty polyurethanes, used primarily in the construction, mining, oil, gas, athletic equipmentand electronics industries. These plastics are used, for example, to manufacture rollers for conveyor belts or inline skates. Urethane Systems will join the existing High Performance Materials business unit of LANXESS to form the new Engineering Materials segment.

Also new in the LANXESS portfolio is the organometallics business. These are chemical compounds that are used, among other applications, as catalysts in polymers production or for the synthesis of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals. With immediate effect, this business is being managed in the existing Advanced Industrial Intermediates business unit of LANXESS.
Please note: Financial data are based on a USD/euro exchange rate of 1.10.

LANXESS invests EUR 100 million in its intermediates production network

· Business unit Advanced Industrial Intermediates expands production capacities for intermediates
· Investment program scheduled for completion by 2020

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS continues to target growth. During the next three years, its business unit Advanced Industrial Intermediates will be investing some EUR 100 million in expanding production facilities for chemical intermediates. Around EUR 40 million each will be invested in the Leverkusen and Krefeld-Uerdingen sites in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The rest will be used to expand the facilities in Brunsbüttel (federal state of Schleswig-Holstein), and Antwerp (Belgium). The expansion project is scheduled for completion by 2020.

“Organic growth is a key success factor as new LANXESS heads forward. This investment program accompanies the dynamic development of our customers and their sectors. A high proportion of the planned new capacities is already backed by customers’ orders. At the same time, we are also strengthening our sites,” said Hubert Fink, member of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG.

At the Krefeld-Uerdingen site, the plan is to expand production facilities for trimethylolpropane, hexanediol, benzylalcohol and menthols to accommodate growing demand on global markets.
Trimethylolpropane and hexanediol are important for products in the automotive, furniture and construction industries, for example.
Benzylalcohol is used in a broad range of applications e.g. Construction, Soap, Coatings, Seals & Adhesives, Agro and Pharma Besides Krefeld-Uerdingen, Lanxess manufactures Benzylalcohol at its Nagda site in India.
“Benzylalcohol is one of the key products in the business unit Advanced Industrial Intermediates’ portfolio where LANXESS holds global market leadership positions. We service customer demands around the world from our production sites at Krefeld-Uerdingen in Germany and Nagda in Madhya Pradesh, India”, said Mr. Neelanjan Banerjee, Senior Executive Director, LANXESS India Private Limited and Senior Vice President, Business Unit-Advanced Industrial Intermediates (AII).

Synthetic menthol is a key component of many aromas and pharmaceutical products. LANXESS had already started gradually increasing the capacities for these products in recent years. Now the company is planning new expansion measures. Construction work is set to commence during the coming year.

At the Leverkusen site capacity expansion for special amines is scheduled to start this year. Special amines are mainly used as intermediates for further processing and ultimately in the automotive sector.

LANXESS will considerably increase the capacity of the MEA plant at Brunsbüttel in the course of the year and will invest up to EUR 15 million for this purpose. The abbreviation MEA stands for 2-methyl-6-ethylaniline, which is required mainly as a precursor for crop protection herbicides.

At the Kallo/Antwerp site in Belgium, LANXESS will be investing a mid-single digit euro million figure to expand its production capacities for rubber chemicals.

LANXESS invests EUR 100 million in its intermediates production network

· Business unit Advanced Industrial Intermediates expands production capacities for intermediates
· Investment program scheduled for completion by 2020

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS continues to target growth. During the next three years, its business unit Advanced Industrial Intermediates will be investing some EUR 100 million in expanding production facilities for chemical intermediates. Around EUR 40 million each will be invested in the Leverkusen and Krefeld-Uerdingen sites in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The rest will be used to expand the facilities in Brunsbüttel (federal state of Schleswig-Holstein), and Antwerp (Belgium). The expansion project is scheduled for completion by 2020.

“Organic growth is a key success factor as new LANXESS heads forward. This investment program accompanies the dynamic development of our customers and their sectors. A high proportion of the planned new capacities is already backed by customers’ orders. At the same time, we are also strengthening our sites,” said Hubert Fink, member of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG.

At the Krefeld-Uerdingen site, the plan is to expand production facilities for trimethylolpropane, hexanediol, benzylalcohol and menthols to accommodate growing demand on global markets.

Trimethylolpropane and hexanediol are important for products in the automotive, furniture and construction industries, for example.

Benzylalcohol is used in a broad range of applications e.g. Construction, Soap, Coatings, Seals & Adhesives, Agro and Pharma Besides Krefeld-Uerdingen, Lanxess manufactures Benzylalcohol at its Nagda site in India.

“Benzylalcohol is one of the key products in the business unit Advanced Industrial Intermediates’ portfolio where LANXESS holds global market leadership positions. We service customer demands around the world from our production sites at Krefeld-Uerdingen in Germany and Nagda in Madhya Pradesh, India”, said Mr. Neelanjan Banerjee, Senior Executive Director, LANXESS India Private Limited and Senior Vice President, Business Unit-Advanced Industrial Intermediates (AII).

Synthetic menthol is a key component of many aromas and pharmaceutical products. LANXESS had already started gradually increasing the capacities for these products in recent years. Now the company is planning new expansion measures. Construction work is set to commence during the coming year.

At the Leverkusen site capacity expansion for special amines is scheduled to start this year. Special amines are mainly used as intermediates for further processing and ultimately in the automotive sector.

LANXESS will considerably increase the capacity of the MEA plant at Brunsbüttel in the course of the year and will invest up to EUR 15 million for this purpose. The abbreviation MEA stands for 2-methyl-6-ethylaniline, which is required mainly as a precursor for crop protection herbicides.

At the Kallo/Antwerp site in Belgium, LANXESS will be investing a mid-single digit euro million figure to expand its production capacities for rubber chemicals.

LANXESS filters harmful substances from water

· March 22 is United Nations World Water Day

· Products from specialty chemicals company LANXESS render valuable services in industry and everyday life

· Ion exchange resins from Leverkusen, reverse osmosis membrane elements from Bitterfeld and iron oxide adsorbers form Krefeld remove hazardous substances from this precious resource


Cologne – Water is the source of all life. All the more important it is therefore for us to manage it responsibly, and that means in industrial production too. Nearly one-quarter of global water consumption is attributed to industrial production. The global volume of wastewater is accordingly high. When it comes to wastewater – the subject of this year’s United Nations World Water Day on March 22 – the goal therefore is: to avoid and recycle instead of conventional disposal. LANXESS is leading the way in this field starting with its own production facilities. For example, the volume of process wastewater produced relative to product output has fallen by six percent Group-wide in the last five years.

The “blue gold” is becoming ever more precious to mankind, because many people today have no access to clean drinking water. According to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef, some 1.8 billion people resort to polluted water to satisfy their thirst. Every year, nearly 850,000 people die as a result of drinking polluted water or poor hygiene conditions. Population growth, environmental pollution and climate change could greatly exacerbate this situation in the decades ahead.

Solutions for clean water

There is a great deal of potential for using process water sustainably and minimizing wastewater in industry. The chemical industry bears a particular responsibility for water because it can provide key solutions. With decades of experience in water treatment, innovative products and technologies, LANXESS is meeting these challenges head-on. Reverse osmosis and ion exchange in water treatment play a vital role in achieving these goals. The market for reverse osmosis membrane elements is currently projected to grow at an above-average rate of 10 percent annually over the next three years. In the case of ion exchange resins, future growth is predicted to average four percent per year.

Ion exchange resins: tiny beads with a big impact

An efficient technology from LANXESS for treating water is the use of Lewatit ion exchange and specialty adsorber resins. Among other applications, ion exchange resins are used to remove pollutants, such as nickel, nitrate, perchlorate, borate and hydrocarbons, from drinking water.

During the ion exchange process, contaminated water flows through a container filled with ion exchange resin. It filters the contaminants, binding the ions of the pollutants and replacing them with harmless ions. A variety of resins are used, depending on the pollutant. In the treatment of wastewater, the ion exchange resins remove heavy metals, such as mercury or cadmium. In addition, precious metals, such as copper or platinum, can be filtered out and then used for other purposes. Industrial applications include the treatment of water for industrial processes in power plants. These costly facilities need large volumes of cooling and process water, which have to be demineralized to protect the systems against limescale, for example.

The microchip and pharmaceutical industries require water in extremely pure form. Lewatit is used in these industries to produce ultra-pure water, which is a vital manufacturing resource.

Modern membrane filtration technology

The membrane elements in LANXESS’s Lewabrane line of products are spirally wound, thin-film, composite membranes. They filter out undesirable substances from water, such as salts, pesticides, herbicides, viruses, bacteria and particulates. The product line includes elements for all the main reverse osmosis applications, including desalinating seawater, brackish water and low-salinity water. Leading fields of application include the production and treatment of drinking water, but also the treatment of process water, other industrial water, and wastewater.

Among the most important applications for reverse osmosis membranes are the treatment of process water for power plants and the generation of ultrapure water in the microelectronics sector.

Another area of application for reverse osmosis membranes is the production of drinking water from both brackish water and seawater. This method is used on a large scale in cities and municipalities and on a small scale in restaurants, hotels and on cruise ships. The membranes lower the salt and particle content of the water and are often combined with ion exchange resins to form a highly efficient and very powerful demineralization system.

Lewabrane-brand membrane elements are manufactured at a high-tech, fully automated production plant in Bitterfeld. The membrane chemistry depends on a strongly crosslinked polyamide layer that displays high resistance to chemical cleansers, higher rejection of complex salt mixtures and a low surface charge, which reduces the tendency toward fouling. Since their market introduction in 2012, tens of thousands of Lewabrane filter elements have been installed in more than 70 countries.

Arsenic: the invisible threat

Arsenic pollution is one of the most dangerous forms of drinking water contamination. You can’t taste it, you can’t smell it, but the toxic substance accumulates in the body. Some very high concentrations of arsenic occur in the groundwater in many regions of the United States, South America and Asia. Elevated arsenic levels are often found in Europe, too, for example in the United Kingdom. It is estimated that more than 100 million people worldwide drink water with an arsenic content higher than 50 micrograms per liter. Both the European Union and the United States have adopted the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended limit of 10 milligrams per liter of water in new legislation.

Arsenic is a semi-metal that occurs in nature in the form of minerals. Under certain conditions, highly toxic arsenic compounds can be washed out of the stone and pass into groundwater. Numerous medical studies document the chronic illnesses suffered by people who drink water contaminated with arsenic for extended periods, including skin disorders and carcinomas.

The hybrid adsorber Lewatit FO 36 and the iron oxide adsorber Bayoxide E33 are specially designed to remove arsenic from drinking water and wastewater. The core of the Bayoxide system is a solid bed of iron oxide beads. They have finely structured surfaces that adsorb pollutants when contaminated water flows over them. The beads are very stable in water and do not break down. They consist of minute particles that can only be seen under a high-resolution electron microscope. Every gram of these particles has a surface area of around 150 square meters, i.e. the floor area of an entire apartment on one gram of material, and it is on this surface that the arsenic is selectively adsorbed.

Wastewater treatment and rehabilitation in mining

Bayoxide E33 from LANXESS not only helps to treat drinking water. Other fields of application include wastewater treatment, e.g. in mining, or the treatment of contaminated groundwater in the vicinity of abandoned industrial plants.

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.7 billion in 2016 and about 16,700 employees in 25 countries. The company is currently represented at 54 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, specialty chemicals and plastics. Through ARLANXEO, the joint venture with Saudi Aramco, LANXESS is also a leading supplier of synthetic rubber. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and FTSE4Good.

LANXESS extends its supports for quality education with Teach for India

LANXESS India Private Limited, a subsidiary of leading global specialty chemicals company LANXESS, renewed its commitment towards quality education by fulfilling its promise of aiding Teach For India (TFI) in their quest to support fellows volunteering to educate underprivileged children in municipal schools. LANXESS India contributed an amount of INR 52,87,500 to the organization as part of its pledged five year commitment to support the not-for-profit organization’s efforts towards providing quality education to children. The company has committed a sum of EUR 75000 (approx. INR 53 lakhs) per year for Corporate Social Responsibility projects in India for the period 2014 – 2018.

Dr. Jacques Perez, Managing Director and Country Representative, LANXESS India Pvt. Ltd. handed over the cheque to Dimple Gujral. Chief Financial Officer, Teach For India (TFI) at LANXESS House in Thane. LANXESS has been contributing to TFI since 2010, starting with a sum of EUR 50,000 per year. LANXESS has supported over 65 TFI fellows (trained teachers on a 2 year full time paid commitment) and around 2000 students directly so far. This contribution works as a support for the fellows who volunteer to teach the kids at the municipal schools since they generally give up their jobs to fulfil these social commitments.

Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Perez, said, “We, as responsible corporate citizens, believe that quality education is among the necessary building blocks for any progressive economy and therefore, it becomes all the more imperative for us to ensure that we support such initiatives in order to play our part judiciously and constructively. We believe in the vision of Teach for India and it complements our corporate social responsibility framework.”

On behalf of TFI, Gujralsaid, “We are thankful to LANXESS for their continued support and encouragement in our earnest endeavor of improving children’s lives through education. Our fellows are striving every day to bring out the best in every child and handholding them on the path to a bright future. The support from corporates like LANXESS gives us confidence to sail forward in this journey.”

LANXESS believes in empowering education and has taken many initiatives in India, in the areas of education, skills training and preserving cultural heritage. LANXESS has previously contributed to NGOs, technical institutions and schools to support education in every region that it operates in.

Teach for India is a nationwide NGO, that aims to eliminate inequity in education in India. Through its Fellowship program, TFI recruits qualified college graduates and working professionals to serve as full-time teachers in low-income schools for two years. Fellows work to bridge the educational gaps that their students face, by using innovative methods in classroom.

LANXESS extends its supports for quality education with Teach for India

LANXESS India Private Limited, a subsidiary of leading global specialty chemicals company LANXESS, renewed its commitment towards quality education by fulfilling its promise of aiding Teach For India (TFI) in their quest to support fellows volunteering to educate underprivileged children in municipal schools. LANXESS India contributed an amount of INR 52,87,500 to the organization as part of its pledged five year commitment to support the not-for-profit organization’s efforts towards providing quality education to children. The company has committed a sum of EUR 75000 (approx. INR 53 lakhs) per year for Corporate Social Responsibility projects in India for the period 2014 – 2018.

Dr. Jacques Perez, Managing Director and Country Representative, LANXESS India Pvt. Ltd. handed over the cheque to Dimple Gujral. Chief Financial Officer, Teach For India (TFI) at LANXESS House in Thane. LANXESS has been contributing to TFI since 2010, starting with a sum of EUR 50,000 per year. LANXESS has supported over 65 TFI fellows (trained teachers on a 2 year full time paid commitment) and around 2000 students directly so far. This contribution works as a support for the fellows who volunteer to teach the kids at the municipal schools since they generally give up their jobs to fulfil these social commitments.

Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Perez, said, “We, as responsible corporate citizens, believe that quality education is among the necessary building blocks for any progressive economy and therefore, it becomes all the more imperative for us to ensure that we support such initiatives in order to play our part judiciously and constructively. We believe in the vision of Teach for India and it complements our corporate social responsibility framework.”

On behalf of TFI, Gujralsaid, “We are thankful to LANXESS for their continued support and encouragement in our earnest endeavor of improving children’s lives through education. Our fellows are striving every day to bring out the best in every child and handholding them on the path to a bright future. The support from corporates like LANXESS gives us confidence to sail forward in this journey.”

LANXESS believes in empowering education and has taken many initiatives in India, in the areas of education, skills training and preserving cultural heritage. LANXESS has previously contributed to NGOs, technical institutions and schools to support education in every region that it operates in.

Teach for India is a nationwide NGO, that aims to eliminate inequity in education in India. Through its Fellowship program, TFI recruits qualified college graduates and working professionals to serve as full-time teachers in low-income schools for two years. Fellows work to bridge the educational gaps that their students face, by using innovative methods in classroom.

Chemtura shareholders approve acquisition by LANXESS

Specialty Chemicals Company LANXESS has taken a significant step forward in the planned acquisition of U.S. chemical company Chemtura. Chemtura’s shareholders approved the merger at a special meeting in Philadelphia, United States. 99.88 percent of the votes cast were in favor of the merger, representing 81.77 percent of Chemtura’s outstanding common stock. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Chemtura shareholders will receive USD 33.50 for each outstanding share in cash at closing of the transaction.

Matthias Zachert, Chairman of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG, welcomed the vote approving the merger taken at the shareholders’ meeting. “We are pleased that Chemtura’s shareholders are so supportive of the planned acquisition. Their approval is an important milestone on LANXESS’s route to becoming one of the major players in the field of additives chemistry.”

Clearance for the acquisition from the U.S. antitrust authorities was already received at the end of December 2016. LANXESS expects to close the transaction in mid-2017 after all remaining regulatory approvals have been received.

Flame retardant and lubricant additives are the main pillars of Chemtura’s business and would complement the current LANXESS portfolio. After closing of the transaction, these two business activities are to be integrated with LANXESS’s Rhein Chemie Additives business unit to form a new segment. Today, Rhein Chemie Additives already supplies a broad range of special additives and service products for the manufacture of plastics, rubber, lubricants and coatings. It employs some 1,600 people at more than 20 sites around the world.

Alongside the additives, Chemtura’s portfolio also includes urethanes and organometallics, which will be integrated into LANXESS as well. Chemtura has about 2,500 employees globally and operates at 20 sites in 11 countries.

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.9 billion in 2015 and about 16,700 employees in 29 countries. The company is currently represented at 55 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, specialty chemicals and plastics. Through ARLANXEO, the joint venture with Saudi Aramco, LANXESS is also a leading supplier of synthetic rubber. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and FTSE4Good.

LANXESS presents leather fashion trends for spring-summer season 2018

Orientation for leather manufacturers
Recipes and advice on processing

Cologne – Specialty chemicals company LANXESS, a world-leading manufacturer of leather chemicals, is unveiling leather trends for the spring-summer season 2018. The collection presents tanneries with numerous leather samples that reflect the trends in terms of color, structure, haptics and overall appearance.

LANXESS’s Leather business unit provides this service twice a year so that leather designers, producers and suppliers can react early to future trends and realize new creative items. Furthermore, tanneries receive relevant formulations and practical advice on processing. This unique mixture of upcoming fashion trends on the one hand and new technologies as well as innovative chemical products on the other creates significant added value to exclusive fashionable leather products in regard to quality, sustainability and ecology.

Trends for the spring-summer season 2018

Caramelle Dolce means – like the reach for hot latte – that the cold winter is not over yet. The scent of almond candles and lavender lingering in the background let spring and summer feelings slowly arise. The color inspiration makes us dream of puristic soft surfaces with a soft touch. While we combine creamy and sweet colors, we wait until spring embraces us with its shiny and bright colors.

Pura Primavera – here vibrant colors dominate from yellow over green to blue. We are surrounded by light and air; spring is present wherever we are. The fragrance of lemon brings with it a lively yellow and lime green color. The green colors mirror big gardens that welcome us with serene radiant colors of nature. Enveloping, alive and energetic, this is a dynamic inspiration with bold combinations and completely without shadows. Sunny and light colors accompany us until they reach the stars.

Stile Intenso – a trend with a summery bright range of colors. The warm season is characterized by strong and intense style, full of feeling. There are maritime colors ranging from coral red and blue from the sea to the deep green of the ocean forests. These are authentic, pure colors that combine harmoniously with the light pastel tones from spring and are eye-catchers for shoes, bags and jackets.

As fragrances increase in intensity, the colors deepen in the Estate Profondo trend. It invites us to dream of the endless summer. The intensive colors reflect the color of sweet vanilla ice cream, of endless beaches and the strong blue color of a volcano at sunset. The colors are saturated but never deep – a gift from mother nature just like the smell of cumin that combines with a sea breeze during dinner on the beach.

Creating urban environments in lasting color

LANXESS is demonstrating impressively at bauma 2016 how conventional building materials, such as pigmented roofing tiles, noise barrier walls, in-situ concrete, fiber cement boards, sand-lime bricks and asphalt, can add color to urban environments. The specialty chemicals company, together with distributor Harold Scholz & Co. GmbH, is exhibiting its premium and globally proven inorganic pigments at this leading international tradeshow for the building industry, which takes place in Munich from April 11 to 17. “Our color-stable and weather-resistant pigments add lasting color to architecture and infrastructure. Building materials colored with these products retain their optical appearance and good looks even when exposed to the weather for extended periods, and they need virtually no maintenance at all,” says Thomas Pfeiffer, Vice President Marketing & Sales EMEA, Inorganic Pigments business unit. “Sustainability is a very high priority in all our products and processes. It is and will remain an indispensable element of our business philosophy. Production processes at all our sites are designed to be safe, resource-saving and environmentally friendly.”

The extensive line of Bayferrox iron oxide pigments, with over 40 color shades, and Colortherm-brand chrome oxide pigments help to make urban centers more colorful and attractive. The colors range from yellow to red, green, and brown all the way to black. Over 100 different shades of the individual colors are available. With these products, aesthetic, safe and lasting design effects can be achieved in a wide variety of building materials, such as in-situ concrete, prefabricated concrete components, concrete roofing tiles and paving blocks and even colored asphalt.

New ideas for color in construction

People increasingly are moving to the cities. Sustainable urbanization poses numerous challenges for urban planners, architects and building developers, including how to attractively design the urban environment. Colored materials, such as concrete, block paver and asphalt, are steadily rising in popularity. They can be used for aesthetic architectural solutions that enable structures to be harmoniously integrated into their environment, or for infrastructure projects that are both functional and creative.

Bayferrox and Colortherm green pigments can be seen around the world in sports stadiums, playgrounds, pedestrian zones and buildings. One prominent example is in Spijkenisse, a town near Rotterdam. Graphic designer Robin Stam had the fictitious bridges that appear on the back of the euro banknotes built there. To give his bridge designs an unmistakable look, he chose concrete integrally colored with Bayferrox pigments that realistically reproduce the color tone of the familiar bridges on the euro bills. The color pigments likewise were used for an urban renewal project involving Rose Plaza in the German city of Osnabrück: four different pink shades were the main creative medium used to restore the dull, gray thoroughfare to its former purpose as an inviting plaza, and to simultaneously make the traffic routing safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

More publicity for colored concrete

The LANXESS Colored Concrete Works initiative for years now has been inspiring architects and construction companies to embrace modern architecture that incorporates colored concrete. Reference projects document its use in international building structures. The initiative is supported by forums and symposiums that promote an exchange among professionals. “Our goal is to shift attention to the beauty and aesthetic value of colored concrete. LANXESS therefore regularly presents the Colored Concrete Works Award to architects who have distinguished themselves in the innovative use of colored concrete in international projects,” Pfeiffer says.

Detailed information on the project can be found in the “Rosenplatz, Osnabrück” Case Study. The latest issue in the LANXESS “Colored Concrete Works” series of publications is available in nine languages. It can be downloaded from the internet, and print copies can be ordered by writing to info@bayferrox.com. This and other case studies of extraordinary buildings featuring colored concrete are available on the internet atwww.colored-concrete-works.com. The site also provides information on products, applications, technical services and more.