Lanxess AG is investing €30 million in a new plant at its site in Bitterfeld, Germany to develop and produce membrane filtration technology.

The new plant should start a pilot and development phase towards the end of this year, with the first membrane filtration products launching in 2011.

This marks the specialty chemicals group’s move into a new segment of the water treatment business.

“This year, the water business will start to play an increasingly important role in Lanxess’s operational activities. We are stepping up our global activities in this area considerably and seeking to leverage the potential that this market has to offer,” said Axel Heitmann, chairman of the Lanxess board of management.

With its Lewatit ion exchange resins, adsorbers and functional polymers, Lanxess already has more than 70 years of experience in the water treatment sector.

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