Innovation

A driving force for new ideas

We generate ideas and development projects through close collaboration between our business units – their Technical Marketing Managers serving as the direct interface with the market – and Innovation & Technology. This group function, established in 2009, pools our expertise and drives innovation projects to safeguard the company’s long-term success.

 

Turning innovation power into patens
Our ideas and developments are protected by patents wherever this is possible and expedient. In the course of 2012, we submitted 90 priority applications worldwide. As of December 31, 2012, the full LANXESS patent portfolio included approximately 1,100 patent families covering around 7,600 individual property rights.

 

Trying out new ideas
Most of our basic research is conducted in collaboration with universities and research institutes. Advanced scientific work is done by our larger research and development units at the sites in Leverkusen, Krefeld-Uerdingen and Dormagen, Germany; London, Canada; and Qingdao and Wuxi, China. There we develop and test high-performance rubber products for energy-saving green tires, for example. Our total research and development expenses in 2012 increased by 33 percent on the prior year to €192 million, or 2.1 percent of sales (2011: €144 million, or 1.6 percent of sales).

 

Stringent Testing
We apply more than 400 different methods, including mechanical, dynamic mechanical and extremal tests, to evaluate our rubber products and their properties. Our testing facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, China and Canada produced around 11,000 rubber compounds in 2012, each of which was extensively tested. Our physicists and chemists are also working systematically to optimize existing tests and develop new methods.



 

Learn more about our focus on innovation at LANXESS.com