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Lanxess kicks off new R&D collaboration for rubber

By Gerald Ondrey |

Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) has officially launched a new multilateral collaboration to develop a groundbreaking, innovative technology for the production of synthetic rubber. The new technology will use fewer resources and is therefore considerably more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly than conventional processes. Lanxess has joined forces with Bayer Technology Services, Technical University of Dortmund, University of Bonn and the special technology equipment manufacturer Buss-SMS-Canzler GmbH to develop the technology. The project is designed to last three years and has a total volume of approximately 10-million euros, of which about half will be subsidized by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Lanxess is also investing a double-digit-million euros amount to ensure success on an industrial scale. “This project highlights Lanxess’ commitment to the future of synthetic rubber whose 100th anniversary we are proudly celebrating this year,” says the chairman of the board of management Axel C. Heitmann. “We are delighted to be working with highly-respected partners and believe the combined expertise will help Lanxess gain an IP advantage in the competitive…
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