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Bayferrox® Iron Oxide Pigments: LANXESS Contributing to Green Building

The First to Achieve SCS Recycled Content Certification

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of synthetic iron oxide pigments, announces that its Bayferrox® Iron Oxide Pigments produced in Germany and Brazil have earned Recycled Content Certification from SCS Global Services (SCS). The company formally known as Scientific Certification Systems, Inc., based in California, is a neutral, trusted leader in third-party environmental, sustainability and food quality certification, auditing, testing and standards development.

SCS Global Services tested Bayferrox® Iron Oxide Pigments and found that multiple iron oxides have high percentages of recycled content, thus conserving natural resources.  One example of a recycled material used in the production of iron oxides is cast iron borings from the automotive industry.

Using Bayferrox® pigments with the SCS certification for coloring concrete or other materials used in buildings will allow the architect to factor in the pigments when calculating points on LEED rating scales. LANXESS pigments will contribute to the overall percentage of recycled content a building can have. This can assist in gaining any level of LEED certification as well as other green building initiative credits.

“LANXESS Inorganic Pigments is the first producer of iron oxide pigments to qualify and offer the market the SCS certification on the recycled content of its products.  This means that recycled material makes up to 94 percent of the iron raw materials used for the production of our pigments. Our customers will benefit from this certification, which not only enables them to earn points in the LEED process, but also supports a sustainable environment.  We know that especially in locations like North America, Brazil and Europe this is an important driver in the construction market, and Bayferrox® pigments are officially the ideal sustainable solution for construction applications. Additionally, products manufactured at our plant in Jinshan, China are currently being certified,” said Hans-Peter Baldus, head of LANXESS Inorganic Pigments for North America.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building program developed by the U.S Green Building Council for buildings, homes and communities.  The program guides the design, construction, operations and maintenance of buildings and is the most recognized and widely used green building program in the world.  LEED is certifying 1.6 million square feet of building space each day in more than 130 countries. Across the globe today, nearly 50,000 projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 8.9 billion square feet of construction space. Currently, the US has the highest number of certifications around the world followed by the United Arab Emirates, China and Brazil.

 “Green Building” is a movement to improve environmental conditions, living conditions, and the effect our buildings have on the atmosphere and world around them.  The LEED program aids this movement in verifying and certifying that materials used in building are recycled or have a certain amount of recycled content.  Most commercial projects are required to be “Green” certified, so architects are required to find products that meet certain requirements to use when designing.  There are also various tax incentives for green construction. LEED Certification allows architects to calculate and verify that the buildings they build are, in fact, “green” in order to meet the requirements set by the U.S. Green Building Council or other governmental institutions.

Innovative production process supports sustainability

As a leading producer of inorganic pigments, LANXESS sees the sustainability of its products and processes as absolutely essential. Production processes have always been designed to conserve resources and preserve the environment – and to be safe and sustainable. They are also subject to constant improvement. They are based on technically complex and mature production processes that are subject to the same HSEQ directives regardless of where in the world they are put into practice. All production facilities are certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 and are regularly monitored.

For LANXESS Inorganic Pigments, however, sustainability is about much more than protecting the environment and safeguarding resources; it is also about remaining a reliable partner for its customers in the long term, so it is investing in growth. The business unit is continuously expanding its capacities, developing innovations and optimizing processes. In January, the company announced that it is expanding its global production network for inorganic pigments and building a new plant in China. The new high-tech facility for iron oxide red pigments will be constructed at the Ningbo Chemical Industry Park on China's eastern coast.

Designed to meet the latest environmental standards, the plant will initially have an annual capacity of 25,000 metric tons. The company is investing a total of EUR 55 million in the project, creating 150 new jobs in the process. Construction will begin in the second quarter of 2013. Production is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2015.

LANXESS will manufacture high-quality iron oxide red pigments at the new plant using a further advanced and highly sustainable Penniman process. “With our innovative production process, we are raising the bar for the production of iron oxide pigments, particularly in terms of water treatment, waste gas cleaning and energy consumption,” said Baldus. “Furthermore, the new facility strengthens our global production network of plants in Germany, China and Brazil,” he added. IPG will market the red pigments with their yellowish cast globally under the well-known product name Bayferrox®.

LANXESS Inorganic Pigments display high color strength, are extremely lightfast, weather-resistant and are characterized by their high quality and environmentally-friendly processing.  They are available as powders, liquids, free-flowing compact granules and are used for color in many markets – construction, coatings, plastics and many specialty applications.  All production sites are ISO certified and follow the same environmentally-friendly processes.