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Bratislava, Slovakia, 2012/11/22 - Graduate chemical engineer Wolfgang Heuchel is to become the new CEO of LANXESS Central Eastern Europe s.r.o. based in Bratislava effective January 1, 2013. FRA: DE Frankfurt: LXS
The 57-year-old will succeed Flemming B. Bjørnslev, who has been appointed President and CEO of LANXESS Corporation in the United States.
Heuchel began his career at Bayer AG in 1981, working initially in Silicones Applications Development. During his time working in the sales and marketing organizations of Bayer AG and the Bayer Silicones division, his assignments included postings to Singapore and Tokyo between 1996 and 1999. In 2002, he transferred to the Ion Exchange Resins business unit and with it to specialty chemicals company LANXESS in 2004. Since June 1, 2008 he has been Regional Sales Head for the Asia Pacific (APAC) region in the Ion Exchange Resins business unit at LANXESS Chemical Ltd. based in Shanghai, China.
“Having spent almost my entire career to date in sales and marketing, I am looking forward now to steering LANXESS along its successful course of growth in central and eastern Europe,” said the future LANXESS regional CEO Wolfgang Heuchel. “In the past four years Wolfgang Heuchel has played a decisive part in the success of the Ion Exchange Resins business unit in the APAC region. Under his leadership the ion exchange resins business has grown strongly there,” said Rainier van Roessel, member of the LANXESS AG Board of Management. “I am certain that in his new function too he will drive forward LANXESS' growth, this time in the Central Eastern Europe region.”
LANXESS in Central Eastern Europe
LANXESS has been represented in Austria, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic since 2008 by its own sales company for central and eastern Europe. The company, LANXESS Central Eastern Europe s.r.o., is headquartered in the Slovakian capital Bratislava and has branches in the Austrian capital Vienna, the Polish capital Warsaw and the Hungarian capital Budapest.
One of the key areas of operation in the five countries is business with high-performance rubbers and rubber chemicals for the global megatrend of mobility. “The company supplies its rubber specialties mainly to national and international tire manufacturers, more and more of whom are expanding their production capacities in central and eastern Europe and increasingly turning to green tires to significantly reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Another cornerstone of LANXESS' business is high-tech plastics, which also serve the future market of green mobility. Premium plastics from LANXESS are paving the way in particular for more economical vehicles in the area of lightweight construction. In spite of their low weight they are extremely stable and, especially in plastic composites, offer a forward-looking alternative to metal, for example, which is significantly heavier. Around half of the sales of these products in the five countries are generated by customers from the automotive and automotive supplier industries. There is also a strong demand in central and eastern Europe for inorganic pigments from LANXESS. These are used in the construction industry to color concrete parts, paving stones and roofing tiles.
LANXESS (lanxess.com) is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 8.8 billion in 2011 and currently around 17,100 employees in 31 countries. The company is currently represented at 49 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals. LANXESS is a member of the leading sustainable indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World and FTSE4Good.