– Mobility Day: conference of experts shows sustainable solutions for the tire and automotive industries
– High-profile speakers from the business and scientific communities
– BRICS remains important growth market for LANXESS
Port Elizabeth – LANXESS, the world’s leading manufacturer of synthetic rubber and producer of high-tech plastics for the tire and automotive industries, is holding its Mobility Day for the first time in Port Elizabeth. Today (November 27), experts from the German specialty chemicals company and representatives of the business and scientific communities will present innovations and the latest developments for sustainable state-of-the-art mobility.
Among others, LANXESS will showcase its latest generations of high-performance rubber and additives at the one-day conference. These help the tire industry to produce green tires, which are particularly fuel-efficient. The company will also demonstrate its know-how in the field of high-tech plastics. Thanks to their properties, these premium products are able to replace heavy metal parts in cars and lower consumption and CO2 emissions without compromising on safety.
“In the future, mobility around the world will need to become more sustainable and consume fewer resources than it does today. With its high-performance rubbers and high-tech plastics LANXESS is making an important contribution to such green mobility,” said Karl-Rudolf Gassen, Managing Director of LANXESS in South Africa. “As South Africa is the doorway to Africa’s automotive sector, it is fitting to introduce LANXESS’ green mobility enabling products in a location like Port Elizabeth, a hub for the automotive industry.”
Automotive market and industry in South Africa encouraging*
Overall new car and commercial sales for October reflected another encouraging performance compared to the corresponding month last year. October, 2012 aggregate Industry domestic sales improved by 5 519 units or 10.5% to 57 845 from 52 326 units in October last year. Total domestic sales for the ten months of calendar 2012 remained 10.1% ahead of the corresponding ten months in 2011. October, 2012 export sales at 24 904 vehicles had registered a decline of 859 units or 3.3%.
Against the backdrop of weak momentum in the overall economy, the performance of the South African automotive sector continued to surprise on the upside. There were a number of factors that would continue to support domestic sales. These included the historically low interest rate environment, replacement demand, which remains a solid driving force, the highly competitive trading environment, attractive incentives, and the variety of choice and ongoing new model introductions.
* (Information supplied by National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa – NAAMSA)
Experts at LANXESS Mobility Days in Port Elizabeth
The LANXESS Mobility Day programme in Port Elizabeth includes specialist presentations. The speakers include LANXESS sales partner in South Africa, Plastichem’s Managing Director Helmut Oellermann; Climatologist, Simon Gear; the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)’s Automotives Director, Renai Moothilal; and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Racing’s Trevor Stroud. Additionally, LANXESS has another nine rubber and plastics experts from Germany.
New EU label helps consumers in choosing tires
Politicians in the European Union have already made far-reaching decisions favoring sustainable mobility: since November 1, all new tires in Europe produced after June 1, 2012 have had to display the requisite EU tire label. The conspicuous markings, which consumers already know in a similar form from refrigerators and washing machines, rate the rolling resistance (i.e. consumption) and wet grip (safety) of tires. They also show the level of rolling noise. High-performance rubber from LANXESS already enables the tire industry to develop models that achieve good values in the new EU tire label.
LANXESS in South Africa
LANXESS has been represented in South Africa since 1922. The company, LANXESS (Pty) Ltd is headquartered in Modderfontein in Johannesburg. The major portion of the chrome business of the LANXESS business unit Leather is located in South Africa. The chrome chain starts with the mining of the raw material, Chromite ore, at the LANXESS mine in Rustenburg.
At the Newcastle plant, the most modern chrome chemicals production facility in the world, the ore is processed into sodium dichromate and chromic acid. Sodium dichromate is shipped to LANXESS’ plant in Merebank, near Durban, and used in the production of chrome tanning salts for the global leather tanning industry.
Beside the chrome plants, LANXESS in South Africa also runs a production facility located at Isithebe in northern Kwazulu-Natal where rubber chemicals are produced primarily for the motor vehicle tire industry.
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