“For our ion exchange resins business, we see great potential in numerous future-oriented industries. We intend to make even better use of this potential by optimising our technology,” says Rainier van Roessel. “At the same time, with this investment, we are further strengthening the position of the Leverkusen site as the heart of our production operations in Germany.”
Demand for ion exchange resins is rising, in the battery industry, for example, driven in particular by the trend toward electric vehicles. The metals essential for battery cell production – lithium, nickel and cobalt – can be extracted by means of ion exchange resins.
Ion exchange resins are polymer beads that absorb undesirable substances in fluids. Depending on the substance, differently functionalised beads are used.
Possible household applications include, for example, softening water in dishwashers and cartridges in household water filters. Here, ion exchange resins remove undesired calcium and magnesium salts or lead and copper ions from tap water. This improves the quality and taste of the drinking water.
In power plants, the polymer beads are used in the production of highly purified water and steam. Deposits and corrosion can thereby be prevented and efficiency, operational safety and service life increased. Furthermore, ion exchange resins help in removing selected heavy metals, such as mercury and cadmium, and organic pollutants from both groundwater and industrial wastewater.
Leading provider of water treatment solutions
LANXESS is a major, global provider of liquid purification technologies with almost 80 years of experience in water treatment and purification applications and is one of very few companies to offer these two different, complementary water treatment technologies from a single source.
The LANXESS Liquid Purification Technologies (LPT) business unit is one of the world’s most important providers of water treatment solutions. In addition to ion exchange resins, the specialty chemicals company offers membrane filter elements for reverse osmosis and ultrafiltration membranes.
The LANXESS high performance products are used in numerous industries to treat and purify water to the required specifications, to purify processing streams, and to recover valuable ions from solution. Products include the Lewatit® ion exchange resins, Lewabrane® reverse osmosis membrane elements, and iron oxide adsorbers under the tradename Bayoxide®.
LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 9.7 billion in 2017 and about 19 200 employees in 25 countries. The company is currently represented at 73 production sites worldwide. The company’s core business is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good.