In the coming weeks, the capacity expansion program for chlorotoluenes, cresols and their derivatives that Lanxess AG announced in late October 2008 will reach completion. The specialty chemicals company will then have up to 60 % higher capacities for these important basic chemicals for the global market. In total, the Basic Chemicals business unit (BAC) will have invested around EUR 35 million in this network of facilities in Leverkusen. “Despite the economic downturn, we’ve continued to move forward with the project because a major percentage of this expansion in volume is supported by contractual agreements,” says Dr. Hans-Georg Schmitt, head of BAC. “Reliable supplies in the long term are crucial to our customers,” he adds.