Corp. opens new tech center.
Three North American business
units of LANXESS, Pittsburgh, have been
consolidated under one roof with the opening of the LANXESS Technology
Center. The center
features a variety of advanced technical capabilities and will help customers
better use their chemistry.
The center hosts the North American labs for the Technical Rubber Products,
Material Protection Products and Functional Chemicals business units of
The Technical Rubber business
unit is new to the Pittsburgh
facility. LANXESS is the largest producer of synthetic rubber in the world.
“We are committed to providing material solutions to support our customers as
they continuously strive to improve the performance of their processes and
products,” said Boudewijn van Lent, vice president of Technical Rubber
Products, North America. “The Technology Center
gives us the resources to do that here in Pittsburgh.”
The Material Protection Products unit offers a range of biocides for in-can and
dry-film applications, including glues and adhesives. The new microbiology lab
joins existing facilities in other regions of the world, and moves MPP closer
to its goal of becoming a widely recognized solutions provider. Services
conducted at the center include chemical analysis, microbial identification and
challenge testing, efficacy level testing, advanced weathering capabilities,
and industrial hygiene services. The unit has regulatory specialists who work
with the EPA, FDA and state agencies to ensure that its products are properly
registered and approved.
“With the Technology Center,
we’re able to deliver high-quality service and continue to develop solutions
that meet the needs of our customers and the industry as a whole,” said Udo
Reigber, vice president of Material Protection Products, Americas.
The Functional Chemicals unit offers dyes and organic and inorganic pigments.
The unit offers services including color matching or creation, troubleshooting
colorant-related issues, temperature and light-stability testing, and reviewing
“The opening of this facility underscores our dedication to the industry,” said
Thomas Brackemeyer, vice president of Functional Chemicals, North
America. “We’re able to offer both existing and potential
customers unmatched service and technical assistance.”
The technology center is part of the company’s U.S. headquarters building. It
officially opened on March 2 and is home to eight technical employees. Four
hundred employees work within the building.
LANXESS Corp. was formed when the Bayer Group combined most of its
chemical businesses and large segments of its polymer activities. The company
began operating as a legal entity in the United States on July 1, 2004. In 2006, LANXESS employed about 1,400 persons
in the United States.
For more information, visit www.us.lanxess.com.
SIDEBAR: LANXESS President and CEO Honored
On April 18, LANXESS Corp.
President and CEO Randy Dearth received the Pittsburgh Business Times Diamond
Award, which honors the top 10 outstanding business leaders in western Pennsylvania.
Dearth was chosen as one of the top five leaders in the Emerging Business
category, and the Times touted Dearth’s role in LANXESS achieving profitability
just two years after its spin-off from Bayer AG.
“Although it may have been easier to continue to operate as we always had, this
was the perfect opportunity to start fresh,” Dearth said at the awards
ceremony. “So, with the best possible senior management team at my side, we led
this new company in a new direction. And now, three years later, I’m pleased to
say LANXESS is considered one of the most successful chemical spin-offs ever.”
Dearth’s colleagues praise his commitment to achieving success. By keeping
employees involved in strategy, Dearth raised morale and created a positive
mindset when media and employees seemed skeptical of the 2005 spin-off. LANXESS’
high employee retention rate at its U.S. headquarters is a testament to
Dearth’s commitment to the employees and the company.
An independent panel of judges selected five winners in two categories:
Emerging Businesses, classified as companies or organizations that are less
than 10 years old, and Established Businesses, which are those that have been
in existence for at least 10 years. Recipients were selected based on the
following criteria: customer service philosophy; relationship with employees; community
contributions; and influence on shaping the company’s products or services.