Lanxess is creating a Group initiative for e-mobility.

The new division will be headed by Philipp Junge, currently head of the Rhein Chemie business unit, as of 1 August, 2020.

“Modern mobility is one of the most dynamic growth sectors worldwide,” said Lanxess board of management member, Anno Borkowsky.

“Lanxess has a lot to offer here, from our high-tech plastics for electric vehicles to speciality chemicals for batteries. We want to expand this offering significantly, coordinate it more precisely and position it even stronger in the market.”

The Group’s plastics are used in electric vehicles, for example for lightweight car bodies or battery housings. They also have potential in infrastructure for e-mobility, such as charging stations and in sensors, displays and control units for autonomous driving.

In addition, Lanxess is a leading manufacturer of numerous speciality chemicals, which modern battery systems cannot do without, such as phosphorus chemicals, hydrofluoric acid and flame retardants. Furthermore, the Group is working on the commercial production of lithium, the key component of lithium-ion batteries.

At its site in El Dorado, US, Lanxess recently commissioned a pilot plant together with its partner, Standard Lithium.

The companies aim to use the plant to extract battery grade lithium from brine produced during the bromine production process at Lanxess.