From left: Larry Brotherton, board chairman, SOCMA; Dan Hawkinson, Torsten Hauschild, Rob Hampe, and Rainer Eischeid, LANXESS; and Larry Sloan, president, SOCMA.

The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) has awarded the LANXESS Corp. operations in Baytown, Texas, with a 2010 Silver Award for implementing a recognized environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) program. The award is given as part of SOCMA’s annual Performance Improvement Awards, sponsored by ChemStewards®, SOCMA’s EHS&S initiative.

The Baytown facility, which manufactures maleic anhydride, was recognized in the product stewardship category for developing and making available to all customers a guide and video on the safe handling and transportation of its product.

“It is an honor to receive this recognition from SOCMA,” said Rainer Eischeid, vice president, Basic Chemicals in North America. “The safety of our products, even after they have left our hands, is very important.”

SOCMA, the only U.S.-based trade association dedicated solely to the batch chemical industry, recognized LANXESS Corp. at its Annual Dinner in New York City during a special awards reception.

About ChemStewards

ChemStewards is SOCMA’s flagship environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) continuous performance improvement program. ChemStewards was created from industry’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint. Industry created ChemStewards to meet the unique needs of the batch, custom, and specialty chemical industry. As a mandatory requirement for SOCMA members engaged in the manufacturing or handling of chemicals, ChemStewards is helping participants reach for superior EHS&S performance. For more information, visit


LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of €5.06 billion (~ $6 billion) in 2009 and currently around 14,700 employees in 24 countries. The company is represented at 45 production sites worldwide. LANXESS’ core business is the development, manufacture and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates, and specialty chemicals. For more information, visit