LANXESS Contributing to Green Building

LANXESS leads the way in green building.

LANXESS leads the way in green building.

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of synthetic iron oxide pigments, announces that its Bayferrox® Iron Oxide Pigments produced in Germany and Brazil have earned Recycled Content Certification from SCS Global Services (SCS). The company formally known as Scientific Certification Systems, Inc., based in California, is a neutral, trusted leader in third-party environmental, sustainability and food quality certification, auditing, testing and standards development.

SCS Global Services tested Bayferrox® Iron Oxide Pigments and found that multiple iron oxides have high percentages of recycled content, thus conserving natural resources.  One example of a recycled material used in the production of iron oxides is cast iron borings from the automotive industry.

Using Bayferrox® pigments with the SCS certification for coloring concrete or other materials used in buildings will allow the architect to factor in the pigments when calculating points on LEED rating scales. LANXESS pigments will contribute to the overall percentage of recycled content a building can have. This can assist in gaining any level of LEED certification as well as other green building initiative credits.

“LANXESS Inorganic Pigments is the first producer of iron oxide pigments to qualify and offer the market the SCS certification on the recycled content of its products.  This means that recycled material makes up to 94 percent of the iron raw materials used for the production of our pigments. Our customers will benefit from this certification, which not only enables them to earn points in the LEED process, but also supports a sustainable environment.  We know that especially in locations like North America, Brazil and Europe this is an important driver in the construction market, and Bayferrox® pigments are officially the ideal sustainable solution for construction applications. Additionally, products manufactured at our plant in Jinshan, China are currently being certified,” said Hans-Peter Baldus, head of LANXESS Inorganic Pigments for North America.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building program developed by the U.S Green Building Council for buildings, homes and communities.  The program guides the design, construction, operations and maintenance of buildings and is the most recognized and widely used green building program in the world.  LEED is certifying 1.6 million square feet of building space each day in more than 130 countries. Across the globe today, nearly 50,000 projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 8.9 billion square feet of construction space. Currently, the US has the highest number of certifications around the world followed by the United Arab Emirates, China and Brazil.

“Green Building” is a movement to improve environmental conditions, living conditions, and the effect our buildings have on the atmosphere and world around them.  The LEED program aids this movement in verifying and certifying that materials used in building are recycled or have a certain amount of recycled content.  Most commercial projects are required to be “Green” certified, so architects are required to find products that meet certain requirements to use when designing.  There are also various tax incentives for green construction. LEED Certification allows architects to calculate and verify that the buildings they build are, in fact, “green” in order to meet the requirements set by the U.S. Green Building Council or other governmental institutions.
Innovative production process supports sustainability

As a leading producer of inorganic pigments, LANXESS sees the sustainability of its products and processes as absolutely essential. Production processes have always been designed to conserve resources and preserve the environment – and to be safe and sustainable. They are also subject to constant improvement. They are based on technically complex and mature production processes that are subject to the same HSEQ directives regardless of where in the world they are put into practice. All production facilities are certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 and are regularly monitored.

For LANXESS Inorganic Pigments, however, sustainability is about much more than protecting the environment and safeguarding resources; it is also about remaining a reliable partner for its customers in the long term, so it is investing in growth. The business unit is continuously expanding its capacities, developing innovations and optimizing processes. In January, the company announced that it is expanding its global production network for inorganic pigments and building a new plant in China. The new high-tech facility for iron oxide red pigments will be constructed at the Ningbo Chemical Industry Park on China’s eastern coast.

Designed to meet the latest environmental standards, the plant will initially have an annual capacity of 25,000 metric tons. The company is investing a total of EUR 55 million in the project, creating 150 new jobs in the process. Construction will begin in the second quarter of 2013. Production is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2015.

LANXESS will manufacture high-quality iron oxide red pigments at the new plant using a further advanced and highly sustainable Penniman process. “With our innovative production process, we are raising the bar for the production of iron oxide pigments, particularly in terms of water treatment, waste gas cleaning and energy consumption,” said Baldus. “Furthermore, the new facility strengthens our global production network of plants in Germany, China and Brazil,” he added. IPG will market the red pigments with their yellowish cast globally under the well-known product name Bayferrox®.

LANXESS Inorganic Pigments display high color strength, are extremely lightfast, weather-resistant and are characterized by their high quality and environmentally-friendly processing.  They are available as powders, liquids, free-flowing compact granules and are used for color in many markets – construction, coatings, plastics and many specialty applications.  All production sites are ISO certified and follow the same environmentally-friendly processes.

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 9.1 billion in 2012 and roughly 17,200 employees in 31 countries. The company is currently represented at 50 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 FTSE4Good as well as the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI).

LANXESS Receives Fred Rogers Good Neighbor Award

Specialty chemicals manufacturer, LANXESS Corporation, was honored last night with the Fred Rogers Good Neighbor Award from the United Way of Allegheny County.

“This is iconic! We all have such great memories of Mr. Rogers and everything he stood for; a Good Neighbor Award feels like the ultimate corporate gold star from a childhood hero,” says Steve Nolder, vice president of Human Resources for LANXESS Corporation.

LANXESS Corporation was chosen due in part to its work with United Way’s Career Speakers program, noting that the staff of LANXESS Corporation has made a positive difference in the lives of many Pittsburghers, one person at a time.

To celebrate the award and keep volunteerism top of mind, LANXESS Corporation kicked off a sweater drive campaign that included Mr. Rogers personality Mr. McFeely. Additionally, around 10 employees also took a trolley to the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, where they accepted the award.

Local Companies Rally to Provide Clean Water Solutions to Victims in Haiti

When the devastating earthquake hit Haiti earlier this year, Pittsburgh companies were some of the first to provide necessary aid. Now with the recent cholera outbreak and further damage and flooding from Hurricane Tomas, those Pittsburgh companies are stepping up their efforts to address the volatile situation in Haiti. LANXESS Corporation, NOVA Chemicals and PPG Industries are working with Deep Springs International (DSI), a Grove City, PA-based non-profit organization that empowers Haitians to obtain safe drinking water in their homes and is now providing the necessary relief supplies to properly treat drinking water in areas at the heart of the disasters.

DSI was on the ground in Haiti for three years before the earthquake hit, helping to improve the health of the population by distributing safe water storage containers and liquid chlorine solution to safely treat drinking water in order to prevent disease. As the cholera epidemic continues to spread throughout Haiti, DSI has responded by providing chlorine solution for use in the water distribution network in St. Marc and 353 schools in the Artibonite region – the epicenter of the outbreak – as well as 16 other communities in which DSI has previously established programs.

With the added concerns that the flooding caused by Hurricane Tomas will further spread the disease, DSI’s corporate partners secured funds for the distribution of 900 additional gallons of liquid chlorine solution and 500,000 solid chlorine tablets necessary for treating the affected water. DSI’s work since the outbreak of cholera has provided treatment for more than twelve million gallons of water.

“Our wide-ranging partner network, including 152 community health workers, who were diligently working to deliver and monitor the clean water systems, are now working double time to prevent the spread of cholera,” explained Michael Ritter, program director, DSI. “Thanks to the unwavering corporate support that funded the project, we’ve been able to exceed our goals and now provide assistance with the cholera outbreak.”

LANXESS Urges NHTSA to Implement Fuel Efficiency Labeling for Tires

Yesterday, LANXESS Corporation, a leading rubber supplier to the tire industry, urged the National Highway Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA) to implement tire labeling and a broader Consumer Information Program on tire fuel efficiency.

“Identifying a system that will provide consumers with more information when purchasing tires is a necessary step considering the vast array of tire choices in the market today,” said LANXESS in formal comments submitted to the Agency. “LANXESS Corporation strongly supports the development of the Consumer Information Program for replacement tires to educate customers about the impact of tires on motor vehicle fuel efficiency, safety and durability.”

While the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 directed the Secretary of Transportation to promulgate final rules on tire labeling within 24 months, the Agency has yet to implement the program.

“One of the strongest barriers to wide-scale adoption of energy efficient technologies is a lack of consumer information,” said LANXESS. “Consumers need to easily understand how the efficient technology will potentially affect the performance of their cars as well as the potential fuel and cost savings.”

LANXESS noted in its comments that the European Union has already set a timeline for tire labeling.

“From 2012 onwards, tires in Europe must be labeled to show their fuel efficiency, wet grip and rolling noise,” LANXESS wrote. “This system will offer consumers an important decision-making aid when purchasing new tires.”

“LANXESS urges NHTSA to finalize the essential components of testing, data reporting, rating and labeling and move the consumer information program into the marketplace as quickly as possible, without any further delay,” LANXESS concluded.

NHTSA called for comments in early September with a closing date of November 2, 2010. LANXESS’ full comments to NHTSA are attached to this release.


Local LANXESS Employee Dedicates Time and Resources to Haiti Water Treatment Solutions

In the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, LANXESS Corporation, based in Findlay Township, has allowed local employee, Jeff Ritter, to devote his time and procurement expertise to heading up coordination efforts with Deep Springs International (DSI), a Grove City, PA-based non-profit organization that helps Haitians obtain safe drinking water. Jeff is leading this effort because his son, Michael, was working for DSI in the village of Baudin, Haiti when the earthquake hit.

Jeff, who works in the Technical and Services Procurement department at LANXESS, is serving full-time as the primary liaison/communicator with suppliers and DSI to help coordinate clean water efforts in the disaster response. LANXESS donated approximately $200,000 to help fund DSI’s project that will provide 20,000 household water purification systems for the relief effort. LANXESS also assisted DSI in procuring more than four million chemical water treatment tablets needed to provide Haitian families with safe water. LANXESS funded the procurement of the tablets and other supplies that will produce 20 million gallons of safe water for the relief effort.

“After the earthquake hit and I knew my son Michael was okay, I approached my boss about devoting some time to assisting my son’s emergency response effort,” said Jeff Ritter. “LANXESS was already looking to help earthquake relief efforts, so my relationship with DSI made for the perfect fit, and the company could not be more supportive.”

Deep Springs International’s clean water program provides a sustainable solution to the water crisis in Haiti by providing simple water treatment systems so that even the poorest families can treat their own water. The systems use modified buckets and liquid chlorine solution, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In response to the earthquake, DSI has employed the use of solid chlorine tablets compatible with the DSI systems for water treatment. In emergency situations, the tablets are the most immediate solution and will fill the gap in the short term until the liquid can be produced and distributed.

Jeff Ritter has previous emergency response procurement experience because of two hurricanes that hit LANXESS plants in the past few years. “Any type of natural disaster response situation is a totally different mode of action than a typical day-to-day job,” Ritter explained. “The priorities shift and speed becomes the most important priority.”