Rhein Chemie

Rhein Chemie Corporation demonstrated innovation in rubber technologies at ACS Rubber Mini-Expo 2006

Rhein Chemie Corporation demonstrated innovation in rubber technologies at ACS Rubber Mini-Expo 2006

Thursday, 19. October 2006 Rhein Chemie Corporation, along with LANXESS Corporation, has showcased its expertise in rubber and polymer technology at the American Chemical Society’s three-day Rubber Mini-Expo.

Chardon, OH – Rhein Chemie Corporation, along with LANXESS Corporation, has showcased its expertise in rubber and polymer technology at the American Chemical Society’s three-day Rubber Mini-Expo.

Rhein Chemie Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of LANXESS Corporation and a supplier of products and services for the polymer and chemical processing industries, has showcased its capabilities as a solutions provider. Emphasizing its new global strategy of concentrating on innovative service concepts and specialties throughout the world, the company highlighted its preweighed batch ready cure systems, specialty polymer bound cure systems, and unique specialty chemicals address health, safety and environmental needs.

Rhein Chemie hosted a press conference on October 10 in the Press Room at the Duke Energy Center, at which the company discussed its repositioning strategy in the global and U.S. markets. The Technical Rubber Products business of LANXESS highlighted new products in its Therban® AT elastomer product family. Some of the remarkable processing advantages of the new, free-flowing grades include lower cycle times and mix temperatures, less need for processing aids, higher filler tolerance and improved filler incorporation. The company has also showcased its Levapren® line of specialty rubbers that are proving to be a cost-effective alternative for various automotive products for which the oil and heat resistant specialty elastomer has special advantages. Additionally, the company highlighted its Buna EP products. LANXESS is able to offer a wide range of EP products and properties due to two different production processes. Apart from traditional applications, LANXESS has developed proven grades of Buna EP for plastics and film applications, wire and cable, tires and construction.

Rhein Chemie and LANXESS representatives from around the world presented technical papers at the Technical Meeting held in conjunction with the Mini Expo. These papers include:

Improving Aramid Fiber Dispersion in Elastomeric Compounds using the Next Generation of Polymer Bound Predispersion, Steven Monthey, Rhein Chemie Corporation, Chardon, OH
OneSlab®: Improving Quality and Efficiency Through Curative Dispersion Technology, Timothy J. Higgins, Rhein Chemie Corporation, Chardon, OH

Therban® AT: The Low Viscosity HNBR Product Line by LANXESS Deutschland GmbH, Victor Nasreddine, LANXESS Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA; Richard Pazur and Walter von Hellens, LANXESS Inc., Ontario, Canada

Hydrogenated Nitrile Rubber for Use in Oilfield Applications, John Dato, LANXESS Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA; Ezio Campomizzi, LANXESS Inc., Ontario, Canada; Dirk Achten, LANXESS GmbH, Germany

Ethylene-co-Vinyl Acetate Elastomer for Automotive Transmission and Heavy Duty Sealing Applications, Richard Pazur, LANXESS Inc., Ontario, Canada; Terence Dee, LANXESS Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA

      In addition to the technical paper presentations,

Peter Schrecker

      , Global Head of Rubber Business for Rhein Chemie, presented

Challenges and Opportunities in Entering Foreign Markets: Protecting Your “Know-How” 

    at the Business Summit.

About Rhein Chemie

Rhein Chemie is a company that has been successfully providing the chemical industry with tailor-made additives and service products for more than 100 years. Approximately 1,000 Rhein Chemie employees produce and sell products worldwide to many segments of the rubber, lubricant, plastics and polyurethane industries. About 550 employees work at the head office in Mannheim-Rheinau. The company has subsidiaries and production facilities in Europe, Asia and North and South America. Rhein Chemie is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the LANXESS Group, Leverkusen.

Cincinnati, 19. October 2006
bit (2006-10-906EN)

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by the management of Rhein Chemie Rheinau GmbH. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of our sole stockholder LANXESS Deutschland GmbH and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in LANXESS AG’s reports to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. LANXESS AG and Rhein Chemie Rheinau GmbH assume no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.