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LANXESS highlighting advanced new red pigments at Eastern Coatings Show

Atlantic City, June 1 – 4, booth #412

Pittsburgh, PA – May 29, 2015 – In addition to its current extensive portfolio of inorganic pigment products, specialty chemicals company LANXESS will promote its line of new red shades at the Eastern Coatings Show in Atlantic City, New Jersey from June 1 – 4.  Marketed globally under the trusted Bayferrox® brand name, the new products represent a further expansion of the LANXESS Inorganic Pigments (IPG) business unit’s product portfolio, and will be manufactured using a new sustainably optimized Penniman process.


The company currently produces these new grades in a pilot plant in Germany, but beginning in 2016, they will be manufactured in the company’s new production plant in Ningo, China. The new plant, which has been built to the latest environmental standards, is being designed for an initial synthesis capacity of more than 20,000 metric tons.    


“Our new facility in China is a response to the market’s demand for environmentally-friendly, sustainably-produced iron oxide pigments and it underlines our commitment to remaining a reliable partner to our customers,” says Peter Baldus, Head of Inorganic Pigments Group (IPG) Americas.


Energy-efficient facility sets new environmental standards


At the Ningbo plant, LANXESS will for the first time employ its optimized Penniman process in which improved water treatment and waste gas purification contribute to a high level of environmental compatibility. Optimizations in the production process are also designed to significantly reduce the quantities of nitrogen oxides generated.  Emissions of the greenhouse gas N2O (nitrous oxide) will almost completely be converted by an efficient post treatment into nitrogen, water and oxygen – all naturally occurring substances. 


Compared to all currently available iron oxides, the innovative and sustainable Penniman process produces brighter and more yellowish red pigments with significantly higher L*a*b* color space values on the red axis (a*) as well as on the yellow axis (b*). No other iron oxide production process provides the option of such a flexible and precise production of color shades. 


Detailed information on the new red pigments will be provided in the presentation entitled “New Reds – Pigment Innovations” given by Gary Balint, Technical Manager, during the technical program on June 2. 


LANXESS’ Inorganic Pigments business unit is a leading producer of inorganic pigments based on iron oxides and chromium oxides. IPG has sites in Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany; Porto Feliz, Brazil; Burgettstown, United States; Branston, United Kingdom; Vilassar de Mar, Spain; Sydney, Australia; Shanghai and from 2016 in Ningbo, China. The IPG business unit is part of LANXESS’ Performance Chemicals segment, which recorded sales of EUR 2.2 billion in fiscal 2014.



LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 8.0 billion in 2014 and about 16,300 employees in 29 countries. The company is currently represented at 52 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals. LANXESS is a member of the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and DJSI Europe) and FTSE4Good.


Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by LANXESS AG management. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.


Bayferrox® is a registered trademark of Bayer AG.                   


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