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QUALITY PURIFIES: LANXESS presents comprehensive water purification solutions

LANXESS at AQUATECH China 2017 Booth No. 720, Hall 8.1, National Exhibition and Convention Center, Shanghai, June 7~9

June 5, 2016, Shanghai – The global leading water treatment solutions supplier and specialty chemicals company LANXESS will showcase at AQUATECH China 2017 – the world‘s top water treatment exhibition in Shanghai during June 7 – 9.

Based on three different water treatment technologies, LANXESS is to provide customers with high quality solutions, including the production of drinking water, industrial process water and wastewater treatment and recovery and softening of household water, widely used in power generation, food, chemical and petrochemical, pharmaceutical, electronics, metal processing and mining industries. The focus of LANXESS Liquid Purification Technologies (LPT) business unit‘s presentation at this year’s exhibition is on Lewatit ion exchange resins, Lewabrane reverse osmosis (RO) membrane elements, LewaPlus design software and Bayoxide iron oxide adsorbent.

Julien Ogier, application engineer for Lewabrane Technical Marketing of LANXESS Liquid Purification Technologies (LPT) business unit will deliver a speech to the audience titled “Application and Case Analysis of Reverse Osmosis Membrane Technology in Wastewater Reuse” on June 7 at 1:30-2:30 pm at LANXESS booth, and on June 8 at 1:30-2:30 at "The First National Separation Technology and Waste Water Utilization High-Profile Forum (2017)". The speech will showcase the improvements in the performance of brackish water reverse osmosis elements adopting alternating strand design compared with standard feed spacer and competing reverse osmosis elements, as well as the performance data of plants that use reverse osmosis elements with ASD under actual circumstances.


Support local customers achieve sustainable development

China will continue to be the engine of global market growth even if its annual growth would remain below 7% in the next few years. China has built a complete value chain over the past few decades, and the implementation of increasingly stringent environmental regulations will further accelerate the integration and promote the industry upwards.

LANXESS's innovative portfolio and solutions are used by many industries to process and purify water and other liquid media, including wastewater treatment, water recycling and desalination. Among them the most famous and important area of application is industrial process water treatment. With increased corporate willingness to reduce emissions and the acceleration of environmental investment, LANXESS will continue to uphold the principle of "Quality Works" to promote the sustainable development of Chinese enterprises with high-quality green solutions and to achieve its own rapid growth. In the first quarter of 2017, LANXESS's sales in Greater China grew by about 50% year on year, demonstrating the great potential of the Chinese market.

As a responsible corporate citizen, LANXESS has focused on the water treatment industry for nearly 80 years and has been actively working to improve the supply of clean water, continuously improve water quality and reduce drinking water costs. Meanwhile, based on its own production facilities, LANXESS in the past five years has reduced the amount of process waste water generated in production by 6%.
In terms of environmental protection, through active engagement in environmental protection, LANXESS has made outstanding achievements in wastes governance, resource conservation, cleaner production and circular economy, for which it was honored the "2017 Green Enterprise Management Award" issued by China Environmental News. Meanwhile, LANXESS's water treatment solutions were awarded the "Customer Satisfaction Brand of the Year" for stable and efficient products and service at the Hc360.Com 2016 China Environmental Water Treatment Industry Brands Event.


Ion exchange resins: small beads play a big role

After nearly 80 years of development, the Lewatit range has become a synonym for high quality ion exchange resins, adsorbents and functional polymer materials for the liquid treatment industry. Furthermore, Lewatit also plays a vital role in the production of ultra pure water, raw materials of food, chemical processing, metal purification, drinking water, etc.

Ion exchange resins can help remove contaminants from drinking water, such as nickel, nitrate, perchlorate, borate and hydrocarbons. Ion exchange resins can also remove heavy metals, such as mercury or cadmium in wastewater treatment, as well as absorb precious metals such as copper or platinum for other purposes.

In addition, Lewatit is also used in the beverage industry for the preparation of solutions as well as chemical catalysis and pharmaceutical bio-fermentation. Applications include soft drinks, yogurt, bread, beer, Gummy Bear and toothpaste.


Lewabrane membrane elements: lower energy consumption and extended cycle time

LANXESS Lewabrane membrane elements are spiral wound thin composite membranes. They filter out unwanted substances from water, such as salt, pesticides, herbicides, viruses, bacteria and particulates. The product range covers elements suitable for all major reverse osmosis applications, including desalination of seawater, salt water and low salinity water. The main areas of application include the production and purification of drinking water, as well as the treatment of process water, other industrial water and wastewater.

Lewabrane membrane elements include a multifunctional feed spacer consisting of strands of different thickness set in water pipeline. This special alternating strand design (ASD) helps to create smoother flow, thereby reducing fouling. The Lewabrane ASD product line is named after this alternating strand structure. Reverse osmosis membranes that are specially optimized for brackish water filtration applications have standard geometrical specifications (length: 40 inches; diameter: 8 inches), and are characterized by very low energy consumption and superior scaling resistance.

LANXESS's reverse osmosis membrane elements are from the production site located in Bitterfeld, produced in accordance with the most stringent German and international production and quality standards. It is expected that in the next few years, the reverse osmosis membrane elements market will continue to grow at an average annual growth rate of 10% (compound annual growth rate during 2015-2020). Considering that the actual production intensity of the Bitterfeld site is close to the upper limit, LANXESS has decided to double the capacity of the site. According to the plan, the increased production capacity will be officially put into operation in the second half of 2017.

Bayoxide iron oxide adsorbent: arsenic removal expert

The accumulation of arsenic in drinking water poses a health risk to millions of inhabitants on the five continents. The World Health Organization (WHO) sets an upper limit of arsenic concentration of 10 micrograms per liter. Bayoxide E 33 is a key product of the Bayoxide E Series dedicated to the removal of arsenic from water. Hydroxy iron oxide (chemical equation: FeO (OH)) can effectively remove arsenic and other ions from drinking water and waste water. The Bayoxide E 33 particles are used in a continuous fixed bed process to adsorb arsenic ions quickly and accurately in one or more containers. The product‘s arsenic adsorption rate is much higher than traditional adsorbents and can effectively extend the service life of filtration equipment.


LewaPlus design software, first of its kind in the industry

The LewaPlus engineering platform designed by LANXESS is the only design software in the industry able to calculate for both RO membrane and ion exchange technologies, with continuously expanding functions. In 2016, a newly developed key condensate purification module is added to the platform. In 2017, LANXESS will also bring a number of value-added upgrades for the platform users. The extremely easy-to-use LewaPlus design software with a rich set of options can be used to set up the reverse osmosis facility automatically after obtaining the water analysis data and water requirements, and then optimized or adjusted by system experts according to specific process conditions.

The LewaPlus design software is supported in 10 languages, including Chinese. The latest LewaPlus software version can be downloaded free of charge at

Clean water for better life

Following the AQUATECH CHINA event, the Third China University Students Water Resources Protection and Utilization Research Competition themed “Clean Water for Better Life” will be launched on June 9, 2017. Two consecutive Competitions have been held jointly by LANXESS and China WTO Tribune ever since 2015. By funding 25 water resources research projects from 14 colleges and universities, LANXESS aims to help enhance the awareness of university students and the public to protect water resources, actively exchange ideas and develop constructive water treatment proposals and thus improve everyone’s quality of life. After the kick-off ceremony, representatives of participating universities and students will visit the LANXESS booth at AQUATECH CHINA, and  technical experts from LANXESS Liquid Purification Technology Business Unit will provide theoretical and practical support on water treatment in the next few months.
AQUATECH CHINA gathers exhibitors of various fields and product categories in the water treatment industry to give a comprehensive display of all aspects of water treatment. AQUATECH CHINA 2017 is expected to exhibit in a space of 200,000 square meters, joined by more than 3200 exhibitors.




LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.7 billion in 2016 and about 19,200 employees in 25 countries. The company is currently represented at 75 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. Through ARLANXEO, the joint venture with Saudi Aramco, LANXESS is also a leading supplier of synthetic rubber. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and FTSE4Good.



On Jan. 31, 2005, LANXESS AG was initially listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, and its subsidiary LANXESS Chemical (China) Co., Ltd. officially began operations. Today, LANXESS has 17 subsidiaries including 3 joint ventures, 9 production sites as well as 9 R&D centers with about 1,900 employees in Greater China. LANXESS works closely with its local partners to develop market-oriented solutions that meet local market needs.


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