LANXESS demonstrates its commitment for Quality Education with its continued association with Teach For India

LANXESS India Private Limited, a subsidiary of leading global specialty chemicals company LANXESS, has continued its association with Teach For India, which promotes the need for quality education throughout the country. The company has committed a sum of EUR 75000 (approx. INR 53 lakhs) per year for Corporate Social Responsibility projects in India as part of its pledged five year commitment to support the not-for-profit organization’s efforts towards providing quality education to under-privileged children. LANXESS relationships with Teach for India will continue to prosper as LANXESS always look forward to extend its supports towards health and education.

Dr. Jacques Perez, Managing Director and Country Representative, LANXESS India Pvt. Ltd. handed over the cheque to Ms. Dimple Gujral, Chief Financial Officer, Teach For India (TFI) at LANXESS House in Thane on February 9, 2018. LANXESS has been contributing to TFI since 2010, starting with a sum of EUR 50,000 per year.

LANXESS has supported over 15 TFI fellows (trained teachers on a 2 year full time paid commitment) and over 675 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 have given up their jobs to fulfill these social commitments.

Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Perez said, “At LANXESS, we are dedicated towards making a better tomorrow through partnering with NGOs like Teach For India in order to provide quality education. Good education is one of the most important needs that children have in their growing years that helps shape their future. It is our collective social responsibility to ensure that, students are able to attend their school regularly and attain good standard of education.”

On behalf of TFI, Ms. Dimple Gujral said, “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 various 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 presents leather fashion trends for spring-summer season 2019

· Orientation for leather manufacturers

· Recipes and advice on processing

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS, a world-leading manufacturer of leather chemicals, is unveiling leather trends for the spring-summer season 2019. 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 and new technologies as well as innovative chemical products creates significant added value to exclusive fashionable leather products in regard to quality, sustainability and ecology.

La forza della Natura

The colors are subdued and convey a calm feeling after the winter. We see a very subtle pastel color that can be chic depending on what is combined with it. A neutral tone which creates sophisticated environments and combines well with everything. For warm, cozy and very natural environments we see the colors of a paradise island. What color is the sea, what color is the sand? They are of soft blue or a very striking and seductive rose. The senses are awakened.

Aria d’Estate

Blues and greens which represent not only spring. Refreshing and calm at the same time, they invite us to breathe deeply, to oxygenate us. The trees are already leafy and the tones are stronger and embody a desire for connection with nature. The green with a more intense, spectral version invites you to think about the tropical and festive spirit.

There also appear proposals of reds that are more fashionable than ever in their soft versions, so that they cause an aura of innocence, tranquility and purity.

Dopo la prima metà

The blue is essential in any of it shades in this season – electric, marine or soft as the blue of a glacier illuminated by the sun. The colors of ripe fruits are presented along with pastel shades in this advanced stage of summer. They will appear in all versions and want to become companions – from candy-colors like lavender, purple to blue. A Mediterranean green is another color that this season could not miss – combined with earth tones. Citric yellow will appear at garments and accessories.

Caldo Abbraccio

The sun is at its highest, the heat embraces us and we feel the positivism and energy of the season. Colors like the orange set intensive accents – mixed with tones of earth or yellow. The color red and its varieties of shades – up to orange and rose – impose a Spanish touch.

LANXESS improves quality and durability of metalworking fluids

LANXESS is making sure everything runs smoothly when it comes to metalworking and the use of engines and machinery across virtually all sectors of industry. The specialty chemicals company offers a comprehensive range of products that enhance the quality and durability of lubricants. On November 28 and 29, 2017, the company showcased its portfolio to the industry at the “Kühlschmierstoff-Forum” (Metalworking Fluids Forum) in Fellbach, near Stuttgart.

Additives and base materials for the most exacting demands

The product range of the Additives (ADD) business unit at LANXESS includes synthetic lubricant base oils, lubricant additives, industrial additive packages and finished lubricants that are used over a whole variety of application areas and industries. A core competence are additives and additive packages for metalworking applications which are finding their use mainly in the automotive, aviation, shipbuilding and primary metalworking industries. Other key areas comprise products for refrigeration systems, food processing, mining and construction. They are used to protect engines and drive trains from wear and extend the service life of machinery.

The product line of additives and additive packages for industrial lubricants and greases is offered under the brand names Additin, Lobase, Hybase, Naugalube and Durad. The Hatcol and Synton brands are high-performance synthetic base oils, while Reolube hydraulic fluids are used in special application areas that require not just good lubrication, but the highest possible standards in flame retardance.

Effective preservation of metalworking fluids

Metalworking fluids are either oil based or water-based emulsions or solutions. In metal workshops, they are in permanent contact with not only tools and workpieces, but also air and must be protected against decay through bacteria, fungi and yeasts. Otherwise, they soon can turn into putrid waste. Metalworking fluids are therefore preserved with biocides.

LANXESS offers Preventol O Extra, Preventol ON Extra and Preventol OF 45 as effective protection. The products are based on o-phenylphenol (OPP), a mild-acting, stable fungicide, which is resistant even under difficult conditions, such as a high pH or high temperature. It acts on the cell membranes of the microorganisms, without being decomposed by their metabolisms. As a result, unlike most biocides, Preventol OPP is not consumed when eliminating microorganisms. Its most striking properties are an especially long effective life, good incorporation, outstanding stability in liquids with high pH values and excellent effectiveness even in the parts of a plant that only come into contact with metalworking fluids due to splashing. It is particularly suited to protecting non-synthetically produced, natural, difficult-to-preserve, contaminated substances such as emulsions containing mineral oil that are intended for use as metalworking fluids.

OPP is the preferred choice in applications where exposure, i.e. contact with people, plays a role. For example, it is used in disinfectants and crop protection agents and, unlike many other biocides, has no sensitizing (allergenic) effect. Despite its high stability, it is biologically degradable below the minimum concentration.

The use of OPP in concentrations up to 1,000 ppm in ready-to-use metalworking emulsions has been thoroughly tested. Roland Stopp, Product Manager in the Biocides business line at the LANXESS Material Protection Products business unit, summarizes the results: “The test series showed that effluents, after splitting off the emulsions, can as a rule be discharged to public sewage treatment plants without any additional processing and without exceeding the specified limits of the phenol index.” The toxicological evaluations of OPP likewise give no occasion for criticism. In practice, levels fall far below the MAK value of 5 milligrams OPP per cubic meter of air that was introduced in 2015. Tests in a facility with a central plant measuring 140 cubic meters found a maximum of 0.09 milligrams OPP per cubic meter of air, which was measured as vapor and aerosol.

Saltigo celebrates 50 years of pioneering chemistry

· Five decades of the Central Organics Pilot Plant (ZeTO) in Leverkusen

· EUR 60 million investment program completed successfully

· Capacity expansion by two multi-purpose production lines

· 10 new employees reinforce the ZeTO team

Saltigo GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of specialty chemicals company LANXESS, has not one, but two reasons to celebrate in November 2017. The Central Organics Pilot Plant (ZeTO) run by the custom synthesis specialist can look back on 50 years in operation at the Leverkusen site. The ZeTO accounts for around one-fifth of Saltigo’s total capacity and, with its 220 employees holds a unique position based on its versatility alone. In time for this anniversary celebration, work also was completed on the extensive expansion and modernization project started in 2015.

Some EUR 60 million were invested at the Leverkusen site, primarily in two new multi-purpose production lines at ZeTO and the construction of a neighboring tank container storage facility. This new active container storage area has up to 16 tank container locations.

“In the 11 years of Saltigo’s existence alone, a total of nearly EUR 300 million has been invested in the integrated production network at the Leverkusen site, over a third of that in ZeTO,” says LANXESS Board member Dr. Hubert Fink.

Saltigo Managing Director Dr. Torsten Derr is pleased with the full order books for the new production lines. “Production will already be up and running in the new facilities by early January 2018.” The additional capacities will be available at just the right time, on schedule and within budget as we had planned,” he says.

Following expansion, ZeTO’s total reactor volume will be 470 cubic meters. The largest of the 75 total stirred-tank reactors has a capacity of 16 cubic meters. Capacities for solids isolation have likewise been expanded significantly.

Still up to date even after 50 years

Even 50 years after it was built in 1967, the ZeTO is still one of the world’s most modern and flexible multi-purpose production facilities for fine chemicals. To safeguard this position, the company has made continuous investments in ZeTO to keep up with advancements in synthetic chemistry, process engineering and automation. “We incorporate our up-to-date systems and all our experience in every new project, in newly developed and improved production processes, thanks not least to our highly motivated employees who receive thorough and ongoing training,” says Dr. Boris E. Bosch, Plant Manager of ZeTO.

Uwe Richrath, Lord Mayor of the City of Leverkusen, emphasizes: “For 50 years, Saltigo’ s Central Organic Pilot Plant, or ZeTO for short, has been transforming customers’ needs into chemical formulas, process technology and products. The ZeTO existed long before the company’s name Saltigo was registered. That is what links it to Leverkusen, because our city did not bear its current name from the very beginning. With the expansion of the ZeTO and the latest investment of 60 million euros, Saltigo is continuing to pursue a sustainable location policy in the face of global competition”.

Commitment to the site

Saltigo, with its production facilities in Leverkusen and Dormagen, is committed to Germany as a business location. “The ‘Made in Germany’ label has an impressive ring to it again in the field of custom manufacturing, especially when faced with Asian competition. This applies particularly to regulated industries where meeting quality, scheduling and cost targets is the deciding factor for market success,” Derr explains.

However, the company’s ongoing support of the city and the region is demonstrated by more than just its investments in the plant. Saltigo also takes its responsibility as a center for vocational training very seriously. “We cannot afford to let the potential of junior talents go unused,” Derr emphasizes. Young people naturally also benefit from this attitude. For example, seven of the 10 new jobs created in ZeTO were filled with graduates of the in-house vocational training program. Three additional employees will join the staff in early 2018.

LANXESS offers new mixed-bed exchanger for demineralizing water

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has developed the Lewatit NM 3367 mixed-bed ion exchange resin to demineralize the water used to charge and top up modern hot water heating systems. “The custom-designed mixed-bed system not only prevents scale formation in the parts of a heating system that convey water but also provides lasting protection against corrosion,” explains Hans-Jürgen Wedemeyer, Manager Technical Marketing at LANXESS Deutschland. “This can’t be achieved simply by softening the water,” he adds.

Details of the innovation

Lewatit NM 3367 differs from other mixed-bed systems on the market in several respects. The specific mixing ratio takes into account the fact that anion exchange resins generally have a lower capacity than cation equivalents. Were this not allowed for, further anions could react with the hydrogen ions released by the still active cation exchange resin after total loading of the anion exchanger. Carbonic acid would thus be generated from hydrogen carbonate anions, and even more aggressive mineral acids from chloride, nitrate or sulfate. “The higher proportion of anion exchange resin ensures a long service life and thus highly efficient demineralization with the new mixed bed,” explains Wedemeyer.

The system also owes this high efficiency to a special process for reloading the anion exchange resin used, which results in a hydroxide ion loading of over 90 percent. “Because this high loading cannot be reproduced during conventional mixed-bed regeneration, we advise against using regeneration,” continues Wedemeyer.

To ensure this high OH–loading is maintained over a long period during transportation and storage, the anion exchange resin must be protected against carbon dioxide, as bound hydrogen carbonate would otherwise form. Toward the end of the exchange cycle, this would then be displaced by anions with a higher binding affinity, which in turn would enable acid to form. “We use special gas-tight aluminum-coated film packaging to prevent any such subsequent formation of bound hydrogen carbonate. We also offer the mixed-bed system in a handy, relatively small container size of 12.5 liters,” says Wedemeyer. Once containers are opened, the contents can thus be quickly transferred to smaller gas-tight units such as cartridges or used in their entirely to fill a standard exchanger container.

Effective demineralization

The main advantage of demineralization for treating water in the heating circuit is that it removes not only the hardening alkaline earth cations but also their counterions, thereby producing salt-free water with a very low residual conductivity. “Even in the presence of oxygen, there is normally no significant corrosion with conductivities in the 1 µS/cm range,” reveals Wedemeyer. With such low conductivities, however, pH measurements are no longer meaningful because most pH meters require the medium to have a minimum conductivity that would no longer be achieved in this case. Furthermore, even the tiniest quantities of carbon dioxide or ions – from the sides of the glassware, for example – would significantly interfere with any measurement in open systems. “Conductivity is clearly the all-important evaluation criterion in this range,” says Wedemeyer.

If the conductivity increases to a typical switch-off point of 100 µS/cm toward the end of an exchange cycle, however, relevant standards such as VDI 2035 stipulate that a pH window of 8.2 to 9.5 must be complied with to prevent any corrosion. “Our tests revealed that this is ensured when using Lewatit NM 3367,” confirms Wedemeyer. If the parts of the heating circuit conveying water are made of aluminum, this pH window is even smaller, extending from 8.2 to just 8.5. In such cases, the switch-off point would need to be brought forward to a conductivity of around 5 µS/cm so as to remain within the pH tolerance referred to.

LANXESS Urethane Systems will enhance research on next generation materials

· Collaboration with Polymer Science and Engineering department of University of Massachusetts Amherst
· Access to academic research on structure-property relationships, additive manufacturing and novel flame retardants
· Access to state of the art analytical instrument facility and expertise

The Urethane Systems business unit of specialty chemicals company LANXESS decided to join the Center for UMass/Industry Research on Polymers (CUMIRP) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA, in order to enhance its scientific research on next generation materials. CUMIRP acts as a cross-roads where university research and education meet with industrial partners in polymer materials, engineering and processing to leverage resources and foster collaboration. LANXESS will join Flammability Cluster (Cluster F) and Mechanical Properties & Additive Manufacturing Cluster (Cluster M). This collaboration targets the development of novel urethane materials, it focuses on in-depth understating of structure-property relationships to develop new process methods and new chemistries. The collaboration will come into effect on October 2017.

In the long run LANXESS expects cost savings through sophisticated, highly efficient solutions as well as benefits in business competition by using progressive technologies and the recruiting of qualified specialists. Furthermore, access to other companies who could be potential partners and/or customers will be provided.

Dr. Polina Ware, Head of Global Research and Development at LANXESS Urethane Systems business unit: “The research clusters are targeted towards specific research areas and allow small team dynamics and interactions as well as collaboration between industrial members, faculty and students. This team-oriented approach fosters cross-industry collaboration as well as gives us access to top experts in polymer science as consultants. As members of Cluster M and F, we expect to gain potential cost savings and business growth though new product innovation.”

Polymer research at the highest level

The Polymer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the leading institute on polymer science in the USA and one of the largest academic centers for polymer research in the world, with currently more than 200 scientists, USD 24 million in instrumentation and over 600 doctoral degrees awarded.

A key figure in the academic collaboration for Urethane Systems is scientist Alan Lesser from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who is a world expert in deformation and fracture of polymers and composites. His research focuses on strength, durability, and micromechanics of polymer blends and composites, nano and molecular composites, constructive modeling of polymers in complex stress states as well as unique processing methods and multi-functional additives. As of 2016, the group is focusing on next-generation Additive Manufacturing formulations. Furthermore, Lesser is editor-in-chief for the technical media Polymer Engineering and Science Journal, Polymer Composites, and Journal of Vinyl & Additives Technology.

The previous relationship, under the roof of Chemtura, which was taken over by the LANXESS group in April 2017, comprised targeted research in flame retardants and urethanes structured foams.

LANXESS listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices Europe and World

· Commitment in the areas of environmental efficiency and human capital development highlighted
· Cologne-based group among the top ten percent of the chemical industry
· More than 3,400 companies invited to take part in the assessment

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is listed again in two Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. LANXESS will again be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Europe (DJSI). The group will also be included beginning mid-September 2017, for the seventh consecutive time in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index World.

The composition of this sustainability index, which is recognized throughout the world, is determined once a year on the basis of financially relevant environmental, social and governance factors. Among the achievements at LANXESS highlighted this year was the improvement in emissions and water consumption as well as in the area of personnel development. Hence, LANXESS ranks among the top ten percent of the chemical industry.

“We have firmly anchored the principle of sustainable development in our corporate strategy. To be listed again in these important indices is a confirmation of our exceptional engagement in this area”, said LANXESS CEO Matthias Zachert.

The DJSI is compiled through collaboration between S&P Dow Jones Indices, one of the world’s biggest providers of financial market indices, and RobecoSAM, an asset manager specializing in sustainability investments. This year, more than 3,400 of the biggest companies out of 24 branches in industrialized countries and emerging markets were invited to take part in the assessment.

LANXESS accelerates profitable growth

· New medium-term financial targets: Operating margin between 14 and 18 percent from 2021
· Further diversification and strict portfolio management
· Chemtura synergies and high-yielding organic growth projects as key drivers for profitability
· Group-wide digitalization initiative launched
· CEO Matthias Zachert: “We will reach our full potential in the coming years”

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS intends to accelerate measures for profitable growth. The company plans to further improve its stability and profitability over the next years and has set new medium-term financial targets accordingly. From 2021, the operating margin – measured in terms of EBITDA pre exceptionals – is expected to be between 14 and 18 percent. In fiscal 2016 the margin was at 12.9 percent. At the same time, the Group is to become even more stable, with less volatility in the operating result. In terms of volume, LANXESS intends to consistently grow above global gross domestic product.

“LANXESS is back on solid footing and has embarked on a profitable growth path. In the coming years, we intend to reach our full potential and transform LANXESS into an even stronger company with a highly balanced and stable platform, increased profitability and, last but not least, a company team-culture based on dedication and motivation,” says Matthias Zachert, CEO of LANXESS AG.

In order to achieve these new targets, LANXESS will continue to develop its current portfolio based on clear criteria. The Group will only include business operations in its portfolio that can achieve leading market positions and generate attractive margins sustainably. Organic investments – around EUR 400 million between 2016 and 2020 – involve projects that generate an average return on capital employed (ROCE) of 20 percent on average. In comparison, Group ROCE was 6.9 percent for fiscal 2016. In addition, LANXESS is pursuing even greater regional and industry-based balancing to further reduce the effects of market volatilities. This includes an increased share of sales in growth markets such as Asia and North America and an expanded presence in attractive customer industries such as electrical/electronics or energy with innovative product applications.

A quarter of the Chemtura synergies to be achieved already in 2017

A key factor in achieving the new financial targets includes synergies stemming from the acquisition of Chemtura, which is the largest acquisition in the company’s history. The company expects about EUR 100 million in annual cost savings by 2020. Cost savings for fiscal 2017 are already expected to amount to approx. EUR 25 million. An estimated EUR 140 million in associated one-time costs will be incurred for this.

Approximately half of the expected EUR 100 million in synergies are attributable to production and procurement. For instance, LANXESS will be expanding its “Manufacturing Excellence” initiative to the previous Chemtura production sites to further optimize their processes and technologies. Furthermore, the combined purchase volume of both companies for raw materials of about EUR 2.5 billion can be reduced by harmonizing supply contracts and increasing backward integration. Additional savings can be realized in the area of transportation and logistics. For example, the combined business units currently still operate more than 200 warehouses globally.

Around 30 percent of all synergies can be achieved in administration, primarily in North America. The costs and structures for the former Chemtura Board of Directors, the former headquarters in Philadelphia and the Chemtura stock exchange listing are no longer necessary. Furthermore, administrative locations in close proximity will be merged and duplicated functions eliminated. Altogether some 40 projects have been initiated to standardize administration in North America. A further 20 percent of the synergies are expected to come from streamlining global marketing and sales structures.

Group-wide digitalization initiative

LANXESS is promoting its growth with a Group-wide digitalization initiative and has established a department with an initial 30 experts in this area. “Digitalization will bring sustainable change to processes and business models in the chemical industry and our customer industries. This offers us a multitude of opportunities, and requires a profound transformation within the company. We want to actively drive the digital transformation at LANXESS and capitalize on the potential of digitalization at the right time,” explains Matthias Zachert. Key areas of the initiative include the digitalization of the value chain, the use of big data, the development of digital business models and embedding digital expertise among employees.

LANXESS at the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry

Safe dosing equipment and effective cold sterilization technology “made in Germany” for filling soft drinks and wine
Exhibiting at two stands for the first time at drinktec in Munich
Velcorin also being introduced simultaneously at the international wine technology fair SIMEI@drinktec

LANXESS’s Material Protection Products (MPP) business unit will be exhibiting at two stands for the first time at drinktec, the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry, being held in Munich from September 11 to 15, 2017. The company will showcase its effective cold sterilization technology for soft drinks in Hall B1, Stand 502. At the SIMEI@drinktec wine technology trade fair, taking place simultaneously during drinktec, LANXESS will be in Hall C3, Stand 225, to present Velcorin as an oenological method for stabilizing wine.

“Velcorin can be used in many beverage categories, from carbonated soft drinks, iced tea and juice-based drinks, to sport and energy drinks, mixed beer drinks, cider and wine,” says Ingo Broda, head of the Beverage Technology business line in MPP. “We therefore are optimistic that we will continue to participate in the global growth of the beverage market.”

A growing global population and changed consumer behavior in emerging economies are among the reasons behind rising volume sales in the beverage industry. According to the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA), experts at the British Euromonitor International market research institute predict that the volume of global trade in the soft drink segment will grow by 18 percent by 2020. An increase as high as 29 percent is even expected in Asia, the largest regional market. Global sales by volume for 2020 are estimated at 790 billion liters.

Wine consumption rising worldwide – Velcorin growing with it

Global volume trade in wine increased by five percent to just under 28 billion liters between 2009 and 2014. According to Euromonitor, global sales of wine will rise by another nine percent by 2019, with growth primarily being observed in regions currently displaying low per capita consumption. For example, sales will rise by 21 percent by 2019 above all in the Asian region, which already is the second-largest. More available income and changed consumer behavior are spurring the popularity of wine there.

“We want to grow with the market in this beverage category, too, particularly in the trend segments of sweet and non-alcoholic wines and wine mixed drinks. With our premium products and global services, we have the ideal prerequisites for reaching this goal,” remarks Broda. “With Velcorin we not only offer an effective solution for the cold sterilization of beverages, but also an all-around service inclusive of our dosing equipment. The package includes system maintenance as well,” adds Broda. LANXESS further offers laboratory testing, practical trials, plant inspections, and advice for the registration process. Detailed information can be found on the internet at

Safe filling

Microorganisms, such as yeasts, molds and bacteria, are present throughout the beverage filling process – in the air, in the production equipment, in the closures and even in the beverages themselves. Microorganisms not only impair the sensory properties of beverages, they can also pose a health risk for consumers. Even at low concentrations, Velcorin is highly effective against typical harmful microorganisms and protects a product from spoiling.

As one of the top technologies for beverage stabilization, cold sterilization with Velcorin is already successfully established worldwide. The product is added immediately prior to the beverage filling step. The LANXESS product penetrates the cells of microorganisms, deactivating their key enzymes. Following its addition to a beverage, Velcorin quickly breaks down into minimum amounts of methanol and carbon dioxide, natural components found in many drinks, such as fruit and vegetable juices and wine. The stabilizing agent influences neither the taste, bouquet or color of a beverage. “These important product advantages have impressed oenologists the world over, who must achieve high standards in wine production year for year,” adds Broda.

Precision addition to a beverage is ensured by the Velcorin DT Touch dosing systems. These premium quality dosing machines, manufactured in Germany, fulfill the high purity requirements of the beverage industry. “They are easy and safe to handle. At drinktec, we will be showcasing our systems at both LANXESS stands,” announces Broda. The state-of-the-art dosing units can be easily integrated into new or existing beverage production lines and only require a small initial outlay.

“World Economic Summit” of the beverage industry

Held regularly since 1951, drinktec is considered the “World Economic Summit” of the industry. Manufacturers present the latest technologies for manufacturing, filling and packaging beverages of all kinds, including raw materials and logistics solutions. Suppliers from all over the world meet here with producers and service providers of all sizes in the beverage and liquid food segments. Some 1,600 exhibitors and 70,000 visitors are expected this year.

The drinktec fair will be integrating the SIMEI@drinktec event for the first time in 2017, increasing the area of occupied exhibition space to over 150,000 square meters. SIMEI (“Salone Internationale Macchine per Enologia e Imbottigliamento”) is an international exhibition for wine-making and filling, and is viewed as the world’s leading trade fair for wine technology. In the future, it will be held every four years in Munich in conjunction with drinktec. SIMEI will continue to be a biennial event and from now on will alternate between Munich and Italy, where it was held for the first time in 1963 in Milan.

LANXESS presents leather trends for the autumn-winter season 2018/19

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS, one of the leading manufacturers of leather chemicals worldwide, is now offering a sneak preview of the upcoming leather trends for the autumn-winter season 2018/19. In a specially outlined collection, LANXESS reveals the novelties for the season in terms of look, feel and overall impression by various leather designs. With this forecast, the LANXESS Leather business unit is creating a real competitive advantage: The valuable guidance for designers and leather manufacturers helps to implement any new trend early. Furthermore, tanneries receive relevant formulations and practical advice on processing.

The trends that have been announced for autumn-winter season 2018/19 are:

It is the beginning of a new season, we let time flow freely and we embrace the already cold scent of the winter. Autumn comes along with long and dark lights and light golden tones, in addition to different shades. The leaves of trees are blown through the air and dress us in amazing colors.

Time stops and proposes a reunion with our deepest thoughts that become strong and dramatic. Thus, giving way to this season of the year that brings darkness, shades of blue and purple that connect along with the organic color of orange.

Time flies, and our lingering, mature thoughts advance the emergence of moving surfaces from the world of technics and industry, composed of geometric shapes inspired by the faint light of winter. Monochromatic colors are blended, flowing and intertwining with clear and calm colors.

Time passes. The colors near the brown of the earth, red of the winter fruits and those that brought us the evolution of billions of years. They do not seem to be altered and they paint archeological forms sorted randomly over time.