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Trying out ideas in the test tube

Xia Dong prepares a new rubber compound in the LANXESS laboratory in Leverkusen. She is studying polymer processing at the Qingdao University of Science and Technology in China and, together with her fellow student Genhai Liu, won the LANXESS Student Rubber Award in 2012. We rewarded her outstanding performance with a four-week internship at our Technical Rubber Products business unit. LANXESS has been cooperating closely with Qingdao University since 2007.

Most of our basic research is conducted in collaboration with universities and research institutes. Generating knowledge in this way is not only far more efficient and cost-effective than maintaining our own resources; it also gives young scientists the opportunity to acquire practical experience with a global enterprise. In 2012, we had a total of 203 (2011: 145) major research and development alliances, 78 (2011: 50) of which were with universities, 66 (2011: 55) with suppliers or customers, and 59 (2011: 40) with research institutes. Advanced scientific work is done by our larger research and development units at the sites in Leverkusen, Krefeld-Uerdingen and Dormagen, Germany; London, Canada; and Qingdao and Wuxi, China. There we develop and test high-performance rubber products for energy-saving green tires, for example.

Our total research and development expenses in 2012 increased by 33 percent on the prior year to €192 million, or 2.1 percent of sales (2011: €144 million, or 1.6 percent of sales).

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