LEVERKUSEN, Germany (July 7, 2009)—Lanxess A.G. has launched a multilateral collaboration to develop synthetic rubber production technology.
It will use fewer resources, making it more energy-efficient and less environmentally damaging than conventional processes, Lanxess said.
The company said the technology is applicable to different families of synthetic rubber, including butyl rubber, polybutadiene rubber and technical rubber materials.
Lanxess has joined forces with Bayer Technology Services, Technical University of Dortmund, University of Bonn and the special technology equipment manufacturer Buss-SMS-Canzler GmbH to develop the technology.
The project is designed to last three years and has a total volume of about $13.9 million, of which about $7 million will be subsidized by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.