Lanxess combines RAB and CAB units to form Rhein Chemie


German specialty chemicals company Lanxess has revised its organisational structure to incorporate its rubber additives business (RAB) and colorant additives business (CAB) to form Rhein Chemie business unit.  

The restructuring follows the acquisition of US firm Chemtura in April. Following this, Lanxess plans to take a streamlined approach focusing on its customers. 

Following the combination of the units, the Rhein Chemie business will cover specialty business with active ingredient compounds, specialty chemicals and processing aids for the rubber, plastics and colorants industries.

Rhein Chemie business unit head Philipp Junge said: "The two business lines have similar requirements and the realignment caters to our specialised business, which sometimes involves small volumes."

Rhein Chemie will continue to remain the umbrella brand for rubber and colorants business. 

Alongside this, the lubricant and flame retardant additives business is also transferred to the Lanxess’s additives business unit. 

Under the new organisational structure, the Rhein Chemie business and additives business unit form the specialty additives segment of the Lanxess company.

The RAB unit focuses on the rubber-producing industry and supplies different pre-dispersed chemicals, processing promoters, vulcanisation and filler activators, anti-sun check waxes, release agents, tyre marking inks and high-performance bladders.

"The two business lines have similar requirements and the realignment caters to our specialised business, which sometimes involves small volumes."

CAB provides high-quality colourants that are used in multiple applications and also manufactures organic colourants at the production facility located in Leverkusen. 

The CAB unit will be headed by Dominik Risse, who is returning to the operational side of the business from the mergers and acquisitions group function. 

Risse was previously responsible for Lanxess’s colourants business as head of marketing.

Currently, Rhein Chemie business unit employs 1,000 people and delivers more than 2,000 products to around 3,000 clients across 120 countries worldwide.


Image: Since August 1, 2013, specialty chemicals group Lanxess is steering its global business from the Lanxess Tower in Cologne. Photo: © Lanxess.