Lanxess Addresses the Topics of New Mobility, Urbanization and Digitalization at "K 2019"
Cologne, Germany: Lanxess will be presenting a broad portfolio at the international trade fair for plastics and rubber K 2019. On its 700 square meter stand, the specialty chemicals company will focus primarily on the topics of new mobility, urbanization and digitalization. "Innovative mobility solutions and modern urban concepts are currently being developed worldwide. These are important growth areas for us and our customers. We are constantly developing sustainable material solutions and technologies for this purpose and are also focusing on new possibilities for digitalization", explained Hubert Fink, member of the LanxessBoard of Management. All in all, six of Lanxess's eleven business units - High Performance Materials, Urethane Systems, Polymer Additives, RheinChemie, Inorganic Pigments, and Advanced Industrial Intermediates - will be showcasing their products at K 2019.

The High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit will be presenting a wide range of new products relating to electric mobility. "Our objective with our materials is to help the various types of drive system involved in electric mobility to break through the market. We are focusing on a series of different technologies, from mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid to electric-only vehicles. Our developments are also aimed at additional mobility trends such as autonomous driving and digital connectivity", said Michael Zobel, Head of HPM. New HPM materials include orange, heat-stabilized compounds for high -voltage applications; materials that prevent electrical corrosion upon contact with live metal parts; and halogen-free, flame-retardant materials for components such as battery cell holders and cover plates. In terms of lightweight design, Lanxess is working primarily on hollow-profile hybrid technology and thermoplastic composites under the Tepex brand. As Zobel explained, "Our composite material is becoming more and more established in structural lightweight construction in mass production.At K, we will be presenting an extremely durable seat shell and a highly integrated front-end carrier made from Tepex, both of which exhibit an excellent crash resistance."

To be on show at K, new compounds for cost-effective blow-molding components for air management in turbocharged combustion engines and of liners for vehicles are powered by hydrogen and natural gas. "At our technical center in Dormagen, we have commissioned a state-of-the-art blow-molding system and set up a global team tasked with developing materials for special applications", said Zobel.