On September 16, 2011, specialty chemicals company LANXESS has inaugurated its new production plant for membrane filtration elements in Bitterfeld, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. The state-of-the-art facility is additionally equipped with laboratories, logistics areas and offices in order to deliver ready-to-use elements for reverse osmosis (RO) purposes to customers worldwide.
After completion of extensive pilot and development phases regular production will commence in Bitterfeld in the 4th quarter of 2011. The first RO membrane elements will be available on the market in the beginning of 2012. It is expected that with increasing market demand and planned expansions in production scale, the number of employees in the new facility will reach 50 within the next two years, and ultimately rise up to 200 people. With this new facility LANXESS will increase its product portfolio for the water treatment.
The product line of membrane filtration elements will be marketed under the brand name Lewabrane. LANXESS will therefore become one of the very few companies in the market which can offer expertise and products for both ion exchange and membrane filtration, namely the Lewatit and Lewabrane product lines.
Both RO and ion exchange technologies are complementary to each other, and are quite often combined to obtain optimum purification results. “Based on our many decades of experience with ion exchange resins, we consider our step into membrane technology as highly important in order to provide our customers with even more comprehensive desalination solutions in the future”, explains Jean-Marc Vesselle, Global Head of the Ion Exchange Resins business unit at LANXESS.