Lanxess at K 2016: High-grade solutions for the plastics industry

Rubber additives protect against degradation

Rubber is a ubiquitous material for sealing, damping, cushioning and insulating articles, and, though versatile, it must be specifically protected against the degradation caused by the stresses of a given application. Lanxess therefore markets a wide range of coloring and non-coloring antioxidants and antiozonants for the rubber industry. Depending on their chemical structure, they counteract one or more degradation processes. Thanks to its Vulkanox, Vulkacit, Vulkazon and Renacit brands, Lanxess's Advanced Industrial Intermediates business unit is one of very few manufacturers to offer the perfect additive for every step in the rubber manufacturing process from a single source.

Lanxess brings color to the world of polymers

Colored plastics are becoming increasingly widespread and the number of applications is rising continuously. However, the pigments must satisfy a number of exacting requirements. Given the short dwell times and relatively low shear forces in customer processes, they must display good dispersibility i.e. they must be easy to distribute so as to reach their final tinting strength quickly. They must display high thermal stability, no migration and sufficient levels of lightfastness and weather stability for the intended application. Colortherm iron and chromium oxide pigments from Lanxess's Inorganic Pigments business unit meet these requirements in full. What's more, they are easy to process and their special micronization allows for high throughput, because the very finely ground pigments disperse quickly in a plastic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has licensed the environmental friendly and safe pigments from the Colortherm range as a raw material for coloring toys and food packaging.

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.