The U.S. legal entity Rhein Chemie Corp. has merged into its parent LANXESS Corporation as business unit Rhein Chemie Additives effective August 1. The merger is part of the previously announced LANXESS Group-wide restructuring program, ‘Let’s LANXESS Again’, initiated in 2014 that resulted in the merger of several business units.
The Rhein Chemie Additives business unit will remain in Chardon, Ohio, U.S.A. THE LANXESS headquarters in the U.S. is located in Pittsburgh, Penn. Apart from the management and administration departments of the North American region, laboratories for the Material Protection Products (MPP) and Functional Chemicals (FCC) business units are also located in Pittsburgh.
LANXESS, which is headquartered in Cologne, Germany, combined the activities of the former Rhein Chemie and Functional Chemicals business units with the specialties business of the previous Rubber Chemicals business unit to form the new Rhein Chemie Additives business unit effective January 1, 2015.
Rhein Chemie Additives is divided up into four areas (Plastic Additives Business, Rubber Additives Business, Lubricant Additives Business and Colorant Additives Business) and operates an international production network with sites in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.
“The merged businesses are not only optimally adapted to meet customers’ needs, they also complement each other perfectly. We stand for tailor-made solutions, top technical know-how and the ultimate in additives expertise,” says Anno Borkowsky, head of the Rhein Chemie Additives business unit.
The Rhein Chemie Additives business unit develops, manufactures and distributes additives and services for polymer and specialty chemicals processors. Rhein Chemie Additives offers more than 4,000 customized agents, specialty chemicals and service products for the rubber, lubricant and plastics industries as well as colorants, water treatment products and pesticide manufacturing products.
“With our own laboratories and technical competence centers in all parts of the world, we can respond quickly and flexibly to the needs of our customers and develop and test individual formulations on the spot,” adds Borkowsky.
According to Borkowsky, Rhein Chemie Additives’ good global orientation is opening up a wealth of new growth prospects in many business areas and further strengthening the company’s competitive position.