LANXESS celebrates rubber anniversary

• High-profile scientific colloquium honoring inventor of synthetic rubber to be held in Gürzenich Banqueting Hall in Cologne on September 12
• Specialist presentations by renowned speakers from the worlds of politics and business – Nina Ruge to moderate event
• Fritz Hofmann invented the synthetic material exactly 100 years ago, changing the world in the process

Online PR News – 14-September-2009 – – Mumbai, September 14, 2009: As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance rubber, LANXESS AG is celebrating the centenary of synthetic rubber’s invention by the chemist Fritz Hofmann by holding a high-profile scientific colloquium on Saturday, September 12.

“With this event we are sending out a signal and giving the innovative high-tech material synthetic rubber the attention that it deserves," says Axel C. Heitmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG. “Synthetic rubber is a development whose importance for modern society and advanced technology can hardly be overestimated. 100 years after its invention, we are celebrating a material that is still more versatile, flexible and fascinating than almost any other.”

During the all-day event taking place in the Gürzenich Banqueting Hall in Cologne, renowned representatives from the worlds of business and politics such as Professor Ulrich Lehner, President of the German Chemical Industry Association, Didier Miraton, Managing Partner of the Michelin Group, and Professor Andreas Pinkwart, Minister for Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, will look at innovative possibilities for the artificially manufactured material and analyze both its market potential and business environment. The presentations will also focus on new forms of application and the future significance of synthetic rubber. The event will round off with a discussion of the individual issues brought up. The colloquium will be moderated by the well-known German journalist and presenter Nina Ruge.

The foundation for synthetic rubber was laid in 1909 by chemist Fritz Hofmann with his discovery of the elastic material methyl isoprene. On September 12 of that year, the Imperial Patents Office granted Elberfelder Farbenfabriken, Hofmann’s employer, patent number 250690 for the “process of manufacturing artificial rubber”.

A detailed overview of the program and an online form to register for the scientific colloquium free of charge can be found at

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 6.58 billion in 2008 and currently 14,335 employees in 23 countries. The company is represented at 46 sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals.

Mumbai, September 9, 2009

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