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Lanxess builds new plant in Germany

By Gerald Ondrey |

Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) is building a new chemical plant at its site in Bitterfeld, Germany. This marks the specialty chemicals group’s move into a new segment of the water treatment business.  The company is investing a total of around €30 million in this pioneering project. Lanxess plans to develop and produce membrane filtration technology in Bitterfeld. The State of Saxony-Anhalt is sponsoring this project by up to €6 million. In the long term, this project will create 200 new jobs at the Bitterfeld site.   The new plant is scheduled to be taken into operation for a pilot-and-development phase towards the end of this year. As things stand today, the first products should be launched on the market in 2011. An area totaling some 4,000 square meters has been set aside for the creation of high-tech laboratories, logistics areas, offices and a new, state-of-the-art production facility.   The membrane technology is used to filter out unwanted substances from water. The membrane’s chemical composition and structure make it possible to filter out substances such as nitrates, pesticides, herbicides, viruses, bacteria and the smallest particles. As the water passes through the…
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