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LANXESS improves earnings in fiscal 2014 and drives realignment forward rapidly

In fiscal 2014, specialty chemicals group LANXESS substantially improved its operating result and net income in a challenging market and competitive environment. While sales declined slightly by 3.5 percent to around EUR 8 billion, EBITDA pre exceptionals increased by 9.9 percent to EUR 808 million. Net income improved by EUR 206 million to EUR 47 million – despite exceptional charges related to the company’s realignment program. At the same time, LANXESS significantly reduced its net indebtedness and tangibly increased operating cash flow.

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Akihisa Hirata wins Colored Concrete Works Award 2015

LANXESS awards second international architecture prize

LANXESS presented its second Colored Concrete Works Award on February 26, 2015, in Berlin to an architect who has set new standards in the use of colored concrete. This year’s award went to Akihisa Hirata for his design of the Alp apartment complex in Akabane-Nishi, Tokyo, Japan, completed in March 2010. A total of 425 cubic meters of colored concrete went into the construction project. The desired charcoal shade was provided by Bayferrox 4330/3 iron oxide black pigment.

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LANXESS survey finds that next generation leaders wish for more colorful cityscape in Tokyo in 2020

Online survey on cityscape in Tokyo

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS recently unveiled the result of a survey measuring Tokyo’s university students’ perception of aesthetics and colors with regard to this city’s urban architectural structures.

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"Color for Life"

New microsite on Colored Concrete now online!

Color plays an increasingly important role in making life pleasant. It is a versatile design element. Pigments from LANXESS are used to impart an aesthetically pleasing appearance to a wide variety of construction applications, such as roofs, walls and roads, in artificial grass, or in laminate floors. Read more about what they are and how they are used!

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LANXESS presents its comprehensive range of rubber technologies

Tire Technology Expo in Cologne

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is appearing at Tire Technology Expo in Cologne to present its comprehensive range of solutions for the tire industry, from new rubber products and additives to processing aids for use in production.

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10 years on the stock exchange

LANXESS has celebrated its first big anniversary – it went public ten years ago. LANXESS has been listed as an independent company since 31 January 2005. Check out our history.

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Alternative Drives

The car is dead, long live the car. Neither Gottfried Daimler nor Karl Benz, the inventers of the automobile, could have imagined, even in their wildest dreams, the extent of the problems caused by the rapid development of road traffic within little over a century. Meanwhile, it has become increasingly obvious that within a few decades the internal combustion engine will have run its course as a form of propulsion. The future belongs to electrical propulsion.

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New Year Message from CEO of LANXESS K.K.

2014 was a year of many changes for LANXESS. With Matthias Zachert, we have a new global CEO on board since in April 2014, and for the past several months we have been implementing a Group-wide restructuring program to reshape our company. We are pleased that significant changes under the program have already brought many positive signs, and I am confident that these changes will improve our competitiveness over the longer term.

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Pilot project makes roads safer and more attractive

Inorganic pigments from LANXESS for colored concrete safety barriers

For the first time, colored concrete safety barriers are ensuring safety on German roads – and enhancing their visual appeal, too. Instead of drab gray, three sections in green, ocher, red and yellow blend perfectly into the Baden-Wuerttemberg landscape. The liquid colors used for coloring the cast-in-situ concrete are based on the weather-stable inorganic pigments from specialty chemicals company LANXESS.

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Resistant to low temperatures and very rigid at high temperatures

Local reinforcement of thermoplastic compression molding compounds

Engineers increasingly are using Tepex performance composites from LANXESS subsidiary Bond-Laminates to significantly improve the mechanical strength of components made of fiber-reinforced thermoplastic compression molding compounds. The latest example is a cover on the rear muffler of the BMW i8. It is fabricated in a direct long fiber thermoplastic (DLFT) process from a polypropylene compression molding compound reinforced with long glass fiber rovings.

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LANXESS merges consolidated subsidiaries in Japan

Effective January 1, 2015, German specialty chemicals group LANXESS will integrate its two consolidated subsidiaries in Japan, LANXESS K.K. (LXSKK) and Rhein Chemie Japan Co., Ltd. (RCJ). The integration is part of the company’s current business realignment strategy and is designed to enhance LANXESS’ competitiveness in the market. In a first step, LXSKK will acquire RCJ from Rhein Chemie Rheinau GmbH (Germany). Both companies will then merge, whereby LXSKK will be the surviving company and RCJ will be absorbed.

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New structural materials for car and truck exterior body parts

Custom-tailored mechanical properties, easy to coat

LANXESS sees great potential for the use of PBT and polyamide compounds in production of vehicle exterior body parts – for example bumpers, sills, front grilles, door handles, fuel tank flaps, spoilers and mirror housings. “That is why we are building up a wide range of Durethan and Pocan materials for this use segment. The development work is focusing on application-specific, optimized mechanical properties, as well as good surface qualities and good paintability,” says Frank Krause, design expert at LANXESS.

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Efficient lightweight design: Thermoplastic composites with multiaxial-oriented continuous fiber layers

Load-appropriate construction

LANXESS has achieved a process innovation in the production of continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic Tepex composites. The subsidiary company Bond-Laminates, which manufactures these composites, is now able to continuously series-produce large semi-finished composite products in which the continuous fiber layers can be oriented at almost any conceivable angle.

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More Lewatit for the food industry

Millions invested in the production of weak acid cation exchange resins and new food-compatible filling unit

LANXESS is expanding its business with water treatment solutions. On September 26, 2014, the company inaugurates a new production line at its largest site worldwide in Leverkusen for the production of the Lewatit premium brand of weak acid cation (WAC) exchange resins, as well as bringing a cutting-edge food-compatible filling and packing system into operation. Some EUR 10 million has been invested in the expansion, which began in April 2013.

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LANXESS subsidiary Bond-Laminates successfully completes capacity expansion

LANXESS subsidiary Bond-Laminates, that belongs to the business unit High Performance Materials, has completed capacity expansion at its site in Brilon, Germany, for the high-performance composite Tepex on schedule. The two new production plants were recently taken into operation.

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LANXESS expands new plant for inorganic pigments in Ningbo

LANXESS is strengthening its production network in China to meet the high level of demand for iron oxide pigments and is adding a mixing and milling plant to the pigment plant already under construction in Ningbo. LANXESS is creating a total of roughly 200 new jobs with these two plants. Potential customers for the iron oxide pigments are the coatings, plastics, construction and paper industries. This brings the total investment at the Ningbo site from around EUR 55 million to around EUR 60 million.

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Colored Concrete Works Award 2015

Accepting entries for LANXESS' 2nd international achitecture award

LANXESS will be presenting the second Colored Concrete Works Award in 2015 to an architect or developer who used colored concrete to implement new and interesting facets in his or her project.

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LANXESS Held Chemistry Workshops for Students in Tohoku

Engaging the Community With Educational Program for Children in Japan

LANXESS K.K., the Japanese subsidiary of German specialty chemicals company LANXESS, recently held chemistry workshops for school students in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. In cooperation with the Save the Children Japan (SCJ), LANXESS held the workshops under the title “Waku Waku (“exciting”) Experiment Workshops”, for local elementary school children in two different locations in Ishinomaki: at the Ishinomaki City Children’s Center on August 19 and at the Iinogawa Afterschool Children’s Club on August 20.

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LANXESS strengthens high-tech plastics production in USA

LANXESS is expanding its Gastonia, North Carolina, compounding facility for high-tech plastics by adding a second production line. The expansion represents an investment volume of about USD 15 million and will double the existing capacity from 20,000 to 40,000 metric tons annually. Construction for the second line is expected to commence in the second half of 2014 with production scheduled to begin in early 2016.

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Membrane elements from LANXESS for beverage producer in Ghana

The reverse osmosis filter elements of LANXESS are helping to supply clean drinking water in northern Ghana. The water-treatment plant of Mazareka Co. Ltd., which is based in Tamale/Kanshegu, is equipped with Lewabrane RO B400 HR membrane elements. It has a capacity of 40 cubic meters per hour and supplies water for approximately 600,000 persons.

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Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy's program for 2014

Training sessions led by Maestro Seiji Ozawa and other top level instructors took place from July 20 to 28 at Sports Heim Okushiga, Okushiga Kougen, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. A special concert was held on July 29 in the Mori no Ongakudo Music Hall of the Okushiga Kougen Hotel and the finale concert was held on July 31 at Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Tokyo.

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LANXESS: High-tech products for sports

Faster, better, stronger: Brazil will once again be alive with action from June 12 to July 13. At the soccer event 2014, it's all about peak performance. Like everywhere else in the world, the people at LANXESS in Cologne, Germany, will have their eyes on Brazil when the time comes again for great achievements. LANXESS is always a part of top-level competitive sports.

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Fiscal year 2014

Colored Concrete Works Award 2015: Winner

LANXESS awards second international architecture prize

Survey on cityscape of Tokyo

Online survey on cityscape in Tokyo

New microsite

"Color for Life"

Tire Technology Expo 2015

LANXESS 10th Anniversary

WebMagazine

Alternative Drives

New Year Message

Colored Concrete

Safety barriers

Tepex used in BMW i8 rear muffler cover

Local reinforcement of thermoplastic compression molding compounds

LANXESS KK & Rhein Chemie Japan integration

New structural materials

for vehicle exterior body parts

Process innovation:

Thermoplastic composites

Lewatit for the food industry

Millions invested in the production of weak acid cation exchange resins and new food-compatible filling unit

Tepex

capacity expansion

Inorganic Pigments

expands new plant

Colored Concrete Works Award 2015

Accepting entries for LANXESS' 2nd international achitecture award

Chemistry Workshops

held in Ishinomaki, Miyagi

Strengthening US high tech plastics production

Clean water for northern Ghana

OICMA

2014 Program

High-tech products for sports

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