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13. Mai 2010 | Reden

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

Aus den Ausführungen von Herrn Georges Barbey, Generaldirektor OOO LANXESS, Russland (nur in Englisch verfügbar)

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.  

My name is Georges Barbey, I am the General Director of the Russian branch of LANXESS in Moscow.  Also from my side a very warm welcome to our press conference here in Nishni Nowgorod. 

As we break ground today for our modern, highly advanced chemical facility, we are marking another milestone in the close Russian-German industrial partnership that began in the late 19th century. 

Over the years Russians and Germans have built strong business relationships in the Nizhny Novgorod region.  Our presence here today is further proof that our partnership is stronger and more fruitful than ever.

The reasons that LANXESS selected Dzerzhinsk as the site for our new plant will come as no surprise to anyone here.

This is simply the ideal location for our facility.

Here we have the important logistical advantages of the mighty Volga River, a network of highways and trains connecting this region to Russia’s main industrial areas, as well as to Western Europe, and a modern international airport with direct connection to Frankfurt close at hand.

Our plant in Dzerzhinsk will bring us close to many of the industrial customers that we serve in the rubber consuming industries, particularly tire makers.  

Another reason we selected Dzerzhinsk is that this city understands the highly complex business we are in.  In fact Dzerzhinsk has a strong tradition in chemical production that goes back 60 years. The people here know how to run a chemical plant.  They know the safety issues and the infrastructure issues that are so important to a new chemical facility. 

But above all, I think the most compelling reason we selected Dzerzhinsk for this new plant is because we came to truly appreciate the friendly climate for investments that we found here.  We felt a genuine atmosphere of trust and goodwill in the meetings we had with government officials, business leaders and community representatives.

And I can assure you that nothing is more important for building a true business partnership than a climate of trust.

And now I would like to hand over to Mr. Rainier van Roessel, member of the management board of LANXESS, to tell you more about the LANXESS strategy for Russia and our new project here in the Nizhny Nowgorod region. 

Thank you.