Lanxess: Head of the Technical Rubber Products Business Unit Honored in China
Dr. Günther Weymans, head of the Technical Rubber Products business unit of specialty chemicals company Lanxess AG, Leverkusen, Germany, has been awarded the honorary title of Professor h.c. by the Qingdao University of Science and Technology (QUST), Qingdao, China. Experts worldwide consider QUST a prestigious center of Chinese rubber applications technology that has considerable significance beyond the Chinese market. The presentation ceremony was held during the Lanxess Rubber Days held in Beijing at the beginning of December 2011.
The specialty chemicals company has been engaged in ambitious projects in Qingdao for some time now. Back at the beginning of 2008, the synthetic rubber specialist set up its Rubber Research Center Qingdao (RRCQ) in the immediate vicinity of the university’s campus, and the center’s employees work closely with QUST experts. Overall, the company has invested around USD 16 million in this project. In 2009, the center expanded with the addition of an in-house pilot facility for the modeling of new rubber synthesis processes and production of new rubber grades and a new state-of-the-art rubber test lab that is now seamlessly integrated into the Lanxess R&D network. During the Lanxess Rubber Days in China a substantial extension of the cooperation with the Qingdao University of Science and Technology was announced.
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