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.

LANXESS supports the cause of education through Teach for India

LANXESS India Private Limited, a subsidiary of leading global specialty chemicals company LANXESS, is continuing its association with Teach For India (TFI) as a 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 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 Ms. Dimple Gujral, Chief Finance 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 50 TFI Fellows (trained teachers on a 2 year full time paid commitment) and around 2275 students so far. This contribution helps TFI to sustain their current operations in Mumbai.

On this occasion, Dr. Perez, said, “Education is one of the crucial tools towards securing the future of the next generation and by partnering with Teach for India, we would like to help spread the light of knowledge. We appreciate the work that Teach For India is doing and are happy to be a part of this noble cause.”

Ms. Gujral added, “We feel proud to be associated with LANXESS for over 5 years and LANXESS has always been a strong supporter of our beliefs. For us at TFI, every single child matters. We believe that every child can and must attain an excellent education.”
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. To learn more about Teach for India, visit www.teachforindia.org

LANXESS and Saudi Aramco rubber joint venture to be launched on April 1, 2016, under the name ARLANXEO

· Relevant antitrust authorities have cleared the transaction

· Transaction can already be completed on April 1, 2016

· LANXESS CEO Matthias Zachert: “ARLANXEO will be a strong company of two strong partners”

Cologne – Specialty chemicals company LANXESS and Saudi Aramco have announced ARLANXEO, the name of their new joint venture for synthetic rubber. The new name and logo combines elements from the names and logos of both partners. The logo is complemented by the descriptor “Performance Elastomers” to highlight the new company’s product range.

All relevant antitrust authorities have cleared the transaction. Hence, the joint venture will be launched as ARLANXEO on April 1, 2016.

“ARLANXEO will be a strong company of two strong partners. This is also reflected in the new name of the company,” said Matthias Zachert, Chairman of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG and future Chairman of the Shareholders’ Committee of ARLANXEO. “We will establish ARLANXEO as a new and independent player in the global market for synthetic rubber. And we are convinced that, in the world of rubber, ARLANXEO will become a strong brand.”

“Under its new name, ARLANXEO will build on the customer focus, recognition and reputation of both Saudi Aramco and LANXESS, which both partners are very proud of,” said Abdulrahman Al-Wuhaib, Senior Vice President Downstream, Saudi Aramco.

On September 22, 2015, LANXESS and Saudi Aramco signed an agreement to create a 50:50 joint venture for the development, production, marketing, sale and distribution of synthetic rubber used in the global tire industry, auto-parts manufacturing and a wide range of other applications.

ARLANXEO will be headquartered in the Netherlands. The partners will soon appoint the management team that will run the joint venture. Each partner will have equal representation on the boards overseeing the company. The CEO will be appointed by LANXESS and the CFO by Saudi Aramco.

“With this joint venture of the world’s largest producer of synthetic rubber and the world’s largest integrated energy company, we have laid the foundations for the sustainable and positive development of ARLANXEO,” said Zachert. “This is a win-win for our customers as well as for the employees of ARLANXEO. We are looking forward to the launch of this promising new partnership.”

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 8.0 billion in 2014 and about 16,300 employees in 29 countries. The company is currently represented at 52 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals. LANXESS is a member of the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and FTSE4Good.

Information on Saudi Aramco is available at www.saudiaramco.com.