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04. Dezember 2012

Nissan Tech Days, Detroit: “The Tech Days enable us to develop partnerships”

LANXESS will showcase their lightweight material solutions directly to the car manufacturer: at the Nissan Tech Day. We talked to the General Manager AMERICAS for the High Performance Materials business unit, Jens-Hendrik Fischer.

LANXESS: A specialty chemicals company participates at a Tech Day of a world-known car producer. Does that make any sense?

Jens-Hendrik Fischer: It absolutely does. LANXESS is an instrumental partner in the development of new lightweight technologies needed to meet the demands of increased mobility, reduced C02 emissions and resource efficiency. Our products, technologies and innovations enable us and our customers to create solutions for sustainable mobility.

LANXESS (HPM) can provide engineering know-how for tailored high-tech plastic compounds and composite sheets from material development, through all stages of advanced component development including computer aided engineering, concept development, part testing and processing.  

The Tech Day platform enables us to define technical experts as key contacts for a more strategic and tailored approach to developing partnerships.

LANXESS: So LANXESS is a key partner for the automotive industry in developing lightweight solutions?

Fischer: Yes, definitely. We deliver high-end materials and engineering know-how enabling innovative lightweight applications at scale. We are the pioneer of hybrid technology with a lot of experience including successful cooperations with premium automotive suppliers and OEMs.

We talk automotive, we are globally present with our six production sites, and we help to build better performing, economical cars also driven by the close collaboration with our regional application development centers across the world employing more than 120 researchers.

LANXESS: Is lightweight construction the future of automobiles?

Fischer: Of course it is one of the main trends in the automotive industry. And most definitely if you see it from an environmental point of view because weight reduction directly reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Lightweight construction accounts for 15 percent of a car’s potential emissions savings; so a reduction of car weight by 200 lbs leads to more than two extra mpg.

Another way to look at it is to say that HPM helps the consumer to save money at the pump.

LANXESS: In September the new HPM production site for high-tech plastics was inaugurated in Gastonia, North Carolina. How have things developed?

Fischer: We are very proud with the development since the inauguration. Firstly, the production is running smoothly – also thanks to the German colleagues who supported the initial start-up.  Secondly, we have already received product approvals from nearly all car manufactures of the world, which is the prerequisite to sell to the automotive value chain. Third and lastly, we started shipping, profitable demand is out there and we have celebrated another record month in October.

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