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Where lightweight plastics are made (September 2012)
On September 17 LANXESS inaugurated a new plant for hightech plastics in Gastonia, North Carolina. The capacity expansions reflect the growing demand for high-tech plastics being driven above all by rising car production and the trend towards lighter automobiles.
Green Mobility (2012)
Mobility is a global megatrend. With the help of LANXESS technologies, this megatrend can be realized in a sustainable way; for example: lightweight engineered cars and "Green Tires". The future of mobility is green – that is why 2012 is the year of “Green Mobility” for LANXESS.
"Chemistry is key to the future of mobility"
he German Newspaper "Der Tagesspiegel" invited experts from the field of e-mobility to Berlin. At the two-day conference on May 21 and 22, LANXESS CEO Axel C. Heitmann was one of the keynote speakers and undermined the importance of chemistry when it comes to shaping future mobility. Also, a "Green Mobility" study was presented at one of the panels. See what happened in Berlin for yourself...
Synthetic rubber from renewable raw materials (May 2011)
Synthetic rubber from renewable raw materials: Working with experts from U.S. bio raw material manufacturer Gevo, specialty chemicals company LANXESS has achieved this coup. The basis for this is currently corn in animal feed – but in the future it will also be possible to use the cellulose-containing parts of plants as well. How does this work? The starch in the corn kernels is split off, and among the products produced is sugar. Special microorganisms turn these sugar molecules into isobutanol. A dehydration process specially developed by LANXESS then generates isobutene, the starting product for butyl rubber. This particularly airtight material is used among other applications as an inner liner in tires.
First production plant for high-tech plastics in USA (March 2011)
LANXESS broke ground on the first compounding facility for high-tech plastics in the United States. Additionally, LANXESS and U.S. chemical company DuPont will double the capacity of their joint compounding facility in Hamm-Uentrop, Germany. The capacity expansions reflect the growing demand for high-tech plastics being driven above all by rising car production and the trend towards lighter automobiles.