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LANXESS’ sustainable sulfur carriers production expansion designed by AFRY successfully started-up

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has completed the expansion of its production capacity for sustainable light-color sulfur carriers in Mannheim, Germany. The plant’s production capacity was increased by two kilotons per year and the project with an investment volume in the double-digit million euro range was completed in around two years as planned. AFRY delivered engineering and project management services to the project since November 2021.

LANXESS offers Extreme Pressure additives that reduce wear on metal surfaces and prevent cold welding. They are used in metalworking fluids, greases, gear oils, and slideway oils. Most LANXESS Additin EP additives are eco-friendly and based on locally sourced, renewable raw materials.

AFRY provided a range of services during project execution, including reviewing and updating the basic engineering package available at project start, value engineering, and detail engineering after final investment decision by LANXESS. The detail engineering services included project management, project controlling, technical procurement, desk expediting, civil, layout and piping, mechanical, and construction execution planning.

3D model and aerial view of Lanxess plant
3D Model and aerial view of LANXESS production plant

Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important topic for our customers. With our sustainable light-color sulfur carriers, we have the right offering to meet customer needs and further expand our market position in Extreme Pressure additives.

says Neelanjan Banerjee, Head of the LANXESS Lubricant Additives Business (LAB)

We are honored to have contributed to this project that will help LANXESS to meet their customer needs and further expand their market position. This project has demonstrated that successful project execution requires all project parties to work together with a real team spirit and constructive cooperation, always keeping the new plant as a common goal in mind,

says Hendrik Schebesta, Project Manager at AFRY in Mainz, Germany.

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For further information, please contact:

Christian Beyer, Head of Process Industries Germany
+49 172 834 36 44,

Marika Hahtala, Head of Business development, Marketing and Communications, AFRY Process Industries
+358 40 823 89 86,


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Did you know that AFRY is globally positioned as #4 top international design firm in non-petroleum chemicals (ENR 2023)? AFRY services for the chemical industry sector includes all phases of the clients’ business development. Our multidisciplinary consulting, engineering and project management services cover the operating unit’s full lifecycle from early feasibility studies and FEED to CAPEX investments to daily operational support. We have a rich history in the process industry, with more than six decades of experience in designing and implementing complex global projects.


LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 8.1 billion in 2022. The company currently has about 13,000 employees in 32 countries. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives and consumer protection products. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe).

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