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LANXESS builds new plant in Germany

Press Kit

Speech of Dr. Axel C. Heitmann

2010-01-21 | Speeches

Press conference accompanying the 
ground-breaking ceremony in Bitterfeld

Address by Dr. Axel C. Heitmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG


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Dr. Axel Heitmann

Dr. Axel C. Heitmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG.

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At its site in Bitterfeld, LANXESS is building a new, state-of-the-art plant for membranes used in treating water (left-hand side of the picture). The right-hand side of the picture shows, LANXESS’s existing facility, where Lewatit ion exchange resins are manufactured.

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An area totaling some 4,000 square meters is seeing the creation of logistics areas, high-tech laboratories and offices as well as a new, state-of-the-art production plant for membranes used in treating water.

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In Bitterfeld, Germany, LANXESS has been producing high-performance Lewatit ion exchange resins for over ten years through its subsidiary IAB Ionenaustauscher GmbH. This production facility using monodisperse technology is the largest and most cutting-edge of its kind in the world.

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LANXESS produces Lewatit ion exchange resins at the high-tech facility in Bitterfeld, Germany. These are used for applications such as treating water.

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Lewatit ion exchange resins are used in bead form.

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“Small beads, but great solutions”: Monodisperse ion exchange resins can be detected particularly well under the microscope (see screen). Monodisperse means this technology can be used to manufacture the individual polymer beads all in exactly the same size. This makes them particularly powerful and even more suitable for complex material separation, e.g. in the pharmaceutical industry or for producing semiconductors and microchips.

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Ion exchange resins are stored and delivered to customers in 25-liter bags.

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The economy and labor minister for Saxony-Anhalt, Reiner Haseloff, welcomed LANXESS’ investment at the site in Bitterfeld.

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Axel C. Heitmann, Vorsitzender des Vorstands der LANXESS AG, erläuterte die Pläne des Spezialchemie-Konzerns am Standort Bitterfeld.

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Specialty chemicals group LANXESS AG is building a new facility for manufacturing membrane filters for water treatment at its site in Bitterfeld. LANXESS is investing a total of EUR 30 million in this pioneering project, which is being sponsored by the State of Saxony-Anhalt to the tune of up to EUR 6 million. This new plant will create 200 new jobs in Bitterfeld in the long term. Reiner Haseloff, Economics Minister of the State of Saxony-Anhalt joined up today with Axel C. Heitmann, Chairman of the LANXESS Board of Management, to break the first ground.

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