Crain News Service report
COLOGNE, Germany (Sept. 5, 2013) — Synthetic rubber producer Lanxess A.G. has completed the move of its group headquarters from Leverkusen, Germany, to Cologne.
The new headquarters unites all of the specialty chemicals company's central management functions under one roof. Lanxess marked the event with a ceremony on Sept. 3.
Axel Heitmann, Lanxess' chair of the board of management, said the move makes the company more efficient. He added that the tower provides everything the company needs to conduct its global business, especially in the flourishing economic and media hotbed of Cologne. The building is equipped with sustainable and "responsible" architecture, he said, lauding Cologne's infrastructure and its reputation as an academic and research center, which enabled Lanxess to attract top talent.
Approximately 1,000 employees occupy the Lanxess Tower in the district of Deutz.
Cologne Mayor Jurgen Roters said he believes Lanxess' presence in the city is a significant boost. He called the move an impressive acknowledgment of Cologne's credentials as an industrial location and serves as proof of the city's ability to attract global players.
The 414,000-sq.-ft. building is 22 stories tall (nearly 100 meters) and was completed in three years. It contains a separate conference floor with 13 meeting rooms and a communication center with space for approximately 400. The 2,500 glazing elements in the tower's seamless, transparent facade provide open views in every direction, according to the company.
By the time it was completed, 50,000 metric tons of concrete and other mineral demolition waste had been removed from the site. At peak times, more than 400 worked at the construction site.
The Lanxess Tower has an underground parking lot, and employees also have access to bicycle stands, and a shuttle bus runs between Leverkusen and Cologne.
Meanwhile, Saltigo GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lanxess A.G., is moving its corporate headquarters from Langenfeld, Germany, to Leverkusen. More than 100 workers will make the move on Sept. 9 to the facility that formerly was Lanxess' main building. A total of 550 workers are expected at that site in the future.
As part of the shuffling, Global Procurement & Logistics L.L.C. will be taking over Saltigo GmbH's Katzberg building in Langenfeld.
This report appeared on the website of Rubber & Plastics News, an Akron-based sister publication of Tire Business.