“We are at the American Coatings Show to exchange ideas and see what are the most important trends and topics,” said Holger Hüppeler, general manager Lanxess Inorganic Pigments. “When it comes to sustainability Lanxess is being proactive. Our plant in Ningbo sets a benchmark for the entire sector and achieved outstanding values, particularly with its low emissions and energy consumption per ton of product.”
At its certified and state-of-the-art production site in China, LANXESS has installed the newly developed Ningbo Process. The production process is based on patented technology and ensures the most environmentally-sound production of synthetic yellow-shade red iron oxides in Asia. Compared to traditional production methods, this process produces significantly less nitrogen oxide, including extremely harmful laughing gas. Furthermore, the remaining greenhouse gas emissions are fully purified by highly efficient post-treatment equipment.
“Thus, LANXESS makes a measurable contribution to the environment. Unfiltered laughing gas is currently generated by the Penniman production process for red iron oxide pigments in China accounting for as much as 7,6 million metric tons of CO2-equivalents per year. If every production facility were to use our Ningbo Process the reduction of this greenhouse gas would amount to the total annual CO2 emissions of 300,000 Chinese households,” Hüppeler explained.