Specialty chemicals company LANXESS will today open an office of its own in Brussels.
"To be successful as a European company in the face of global competition in the long term we have to intensify our active dialogue with politicians and society at a European level," said Axel C. Heitmann, Chairman of the LANXESS Board of Management. The office is located on the "Avenue Michel Ange" and thus in the immediate vicinity of the European institutions. It will be headed by Stefan Borst, previously EU correspondent of the news magazine Focus.
In the evening, the company will invite high-ranking representatives from politics, industry and the media to the "LANXESS Debate 2011" at the NRW liaison office in Brussels. There, the experts will discuss the topic "Europe's new transport policy – economic driver or economic disadvantage?". Joining Axel C. Heitmann for the podium discussion will be Harry K. Voigtsberger, Minister of Economics and Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Michael Cramer, member of the European Parliament and spokesman for transport policy in the Europe fraction of Die Grünen/EFA, and Matthias Ruete, Director-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission.
LANXESS (lanxess.com) is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.1 billion in 2010 and currently around 14,850 employees in 24 countries. The company is represented at 45 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals.