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13. Mai 2010 | Reden

Baubeginn für erstes LANXESS-Werk in Russland, Pressekonferenz, Dschersinsk, Russland

Aus den Ausführungen von Dr. Rainier van Roessel, Vorstandsmitglied der LANXESS AG (nur in Englisch verfügbar)

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen… and thank you for joining us today.

This is a very special occasion for all of us at LANXESS.

We are not only breaking ground for an important new LANXESS facility here in the Nizhny Novgorod region – we are breaking new ground in what I know will become what we expect to be a very long and happy partnership between LANXESS and Russia.

Because we are about to become your new neighbors in Dzerzhinsk, I would like to very briefly introduce our company to you.

LANXESS is a global specialty chemicals company, with 42 major production sites in 23 countries around the world.  We have nearly 14,300 employees with global sales on the order of five billion Euros in 2009.  We specialize in the production of polymers, intermediates and performance chemicals that primarily serve the automotive, tire, construction, chemical and agricultural industries.

We are a relatively young company – having begun independent operations as LANXESS just over five years ago, when we were spun off from the Bayer Group.

But our roots run very deep in the chemical industry.  In fact 101 years ago a chemist in our predecessor company was the first inventor of synthetic rubber.  Today we are the global leader in synthetic rubber technology and one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-performance synthetic rubber.

Our new plant in Dzerzhinsk will be taking our expertise in high-performance rubber to some exciting new places.

A little over a year ago, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin gave us a very good reason why Russia is right for LANXESS and LANXESS is right for Russia.

In his speech at the World Economic Forum, Mr. Putin announced that Russia is “going to actively develop the innovation sectors of the economy.”

Well, for all of us at LANXESS that was like an engraved invitation to pursue our Russian commitments further.

For LANXESS is in fact a highly innovative company with a sharp focus on some of the premium, high-technology products that perfectly meet the evolving needs of the modern Russian economy.

Much of our success at LANXESS is directly attributable to scientific research and development.  That work has led to a steady stream of chemical innovations.  That is our lifeblood – and in spite of the current economic crisis, we are continuing to expand our R&D budget.

It so happens that many of our most important chemical products are perfectly designed for Russia’s strongest growth industries.

For example, our Semi-Crystalline Products Business Unit has developed a plastics technology that makes possible plastic-metal hybrid auto body parts.  This means lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles for Russia’s auto industry.

Our rubber chemicals and expertise offer the solutions that Russian tire makers need today – enabling them to manufacture longer-wearing, more efficient, high-performance tires.

We also have a role in the oil fields of Russia.  Our Therban AT is a high-performance elastomer that can be used in drill heads to enable effective oil field exploration under even the harshest conditions.  We are certain that it will play a valuable part in Russian oil production.

LANXESS innovation is also making an important contribution to solving the global water shortage.  Our ion exchange resin technology has led to better ways to remove arsenic from water.  It is being used around the world to purify drinking water and to produce ultra-clean water for industrial processes.  Our water treatment expertise has also resulted in more efficient ways for industry to both conserve water and purify wastewater.

I will spare you the hundreds of other stories I could tell you about innovation at LANXESS, but I think you get the idea.  We have lots of good things to offer to Russian industry.

We officially launched our long-term commitment to the Russian market a year ago when we opened our Russian branch office in Moscow’s Federation Tower.  Sales for all 13 of our business units are now handled out of that office.

Building a long-term business partnership with Russia has in fact become one of the key pillars for LANXESS’ overall corporate strategy.

This strategy is based on building a strong presence in the BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China.

We are currently well-positioned in three of these four countries, with major facilities in Brazil, India and China.  In fact, the BRIC countries now account for about 20 per cent of our total sales.

With this new plant here in Nizhny, our very first production facility in Russia, we are taking the next important step towards adding the letter “R” to the fulfillment of our BRIC strategy.

We are well aware that our two countries, Russia and Germany, were not immune to the recent global financial crisis.  And it is true that our economies are still feeling the lingering effects of that crisis.  But we take the long view at LANXESS.  That is why we are moving forward, with complete confidence, in our investment in Dzerzhinsk.

We see growth in Russia and the CIS countries far outstripping that of Western Europe in the years ahead.

And we particularly see growth in the core industries that rely on our major products – the automotive, tire, agricultural, chemical and construction industries.  We see strength and opportunity in each of these sectors.

We also appreciate that Russia has its own strong traditions of innovation and creativity.  That innovative spirit is as much a part of the Russian DNA as it is of the LANXESS DNA.

So you see, there are many, many good reasons why we are so glad to be breaking ground today for this new plant in a Russian city with a strong tradition in chemical production.

This project represents a focused, market-oriented investment designed to meet the current needs of the Russian chemical industry.  It is our custom at LANXESS to enter new markets with carefully targeted initiatives, and then expand as conditions permit.  This project has been specifically designed with that approach in mind and to allow for future expansion.

The new plant will be run by our Rhein Chemie subsidiary, which is one of the world’s leading specialists in producing chemical additives and release agents for the rubber and tire industries.

In closing, I would like to offer you a heartfelt guarantee from LANXESS.

You will find that we will be very good neighbors – and a productive addition to the economy, the culture, and the community that exist in the Nizhny Novgorod Region.

One of our greatest strengths as a company is our deep sense of responsibility to the environment and to the communities in which we operate.  We are extremely proud of the awards and commendations we have received for our work in social responsibility and environmental protection in Brazil, in India, in China, in Europe and in North America.  We fully intend to earn the same warm welcome here in Russia.

This plant represents our clear, long-term commitment to this community and to the Russian market.

It will bring to this region some of the state-of-the-art technology and products that Russian industry needs today.  It also brings up to 50 permanent and skilled new jobs within the next years.

It will be good for the Region of Nizhny Novgorod.  It will be good for Russia.  It will be good for our customers and therefore, it also will be good for LANXESS.

I therefore want to offer our special thanks to the government of Nizhny Novgorod Region, especially the governor, Mr. Shantsev, and his administration, as well as to the Mayor of the City of Dzerzhinsk, Mr. Portnov, and his team, for all the cooperation and support that have been offered to us to make this new plant possible.

I again want to thank you for joining us today.  And now my colleague, Mr. Anno Borkowsky, CEO of Rhein Chemie, will tell you more about the new plant.

Thank you very much.