Who we are

Energizing chemistry

Keltan is part of LANXESS, a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 8.3 billion in 2013 and roughly 17,300 employees in 31 countries. The company is currently represented at 52 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, intermediates, specialty chemicals and rubber.


Systematically expanding R&D
Research and development play a significant role in increasing LANXESS' competitiveness and expanding it's business through the development of innovative processes and products as well as the ongoing optimization of existing production processes. LANXESS continues to systematically expand it's research and development activities. Existing products and processes are refined and optimized with a short- to medium-term time horizon. In addition, the Innovation & Technology Group Function focuses above all on initiating medium- to long-term research projects. Thereby we aim to ensure success in the high-growth areas of the future and thus safeguard the Group’s sustainable performance & development.


Innovation in the entire value chain
As a central unit, the Innovation & Technology Group Function focuses on complementing business units’ research work with new, longer-term, cross-business unit projects. LANXESS ensures that potential synergies are exploited to the full and innovations can be applied in various LANXESS units, such as Keltan. Innovation & Technology offers today competent support for the business units along the entire value chain from the first project idea to the development of products and processes including the optimization of production plants.


Developing new processes
In the area of process innovation and optimization, LANXESS directs its efforts toward developing new processes, integrating new technologies into existing production processes and conducting efficiency projects to achieve cost and technology leadership. All aspects of development, optimization and implementation of novel and improved production process concepts are covered by the various departments of Innovation.


Innovating products
Product innovation is focused on the development of new products and new applications for existing products as well as on product modifications. The search for new products is more broadly based, the main topics are generally applicable to multiple business units with a medium- to long-term time horizon. LANXESS' research goals are derived from the global megatrends: Mobility, Agriculture, Urbanization and Water.


A powerful network
Granting access to expert know-how in product and process development to strengthen LANXESS competitiveness by an improved innovation network is one additional task. Therefore the company expands it's network of external partners through the establishment of new alliances with universities, institutes and leading companies in various fields such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, micro technology and membrane technology.


Strengthening the abilities and interdisciplinary processes for innovation at LANXESS increases the competitiveness.


Learn more at LANXESS.com