LANXESS appoints KRAHN CHEMIE as its distributor for biocidal products in Germany and Benelux


With immediate effect, the KRAHN CHEMIE Group will be distributing the biocides and preservatives of the LANXESS specialty chemicals company in Germany and Benelux. Core applications of these products are in industrial protection and disinfection. The products, which are mainly known under the brand name Preventol®, have been used for decades for the preservation of paints and varnishes, detergents, cooling lubricants, adhesives, additives and for wood protection.

Biocides are subject to many regulations. From mid-2019, it is proposed that a new regulation will come into effect which will classify all products preserved with MIT (methylisothiazolinone) as sensitizing substances. Some MIT applications will thus disappear completely. LANXESS consistently pursues the development of MIT-free preservation systems and will, together with KRAHN, support its customers in their transition to MIT-free systems.

"The Preventol® biocides complement our portfolio perfectly. LANXESS is one of the worldwide leading manufacturers of biocides and sets new standards in customer service with its technical application laboratories and regulatory expertise. With such a powerful partner, we will be able to offer our customers flexible, effective and individual solutions in the field of preservatives", says Ibrahim Zidan, Business Segment Manager Coatings and Construction Chemicals of KRAHN CHEMIE GmbH.

Daniel Schlawe, Head of Sales EMEA of the LANXESS biocides business unit: "The sale of biocides is challenging and demands comprehensive technical, biological and regulatory competence.  With KRAHN CHEMIE, we have gained a partner who, thanks to their extensive experience in the consultancy and sales of biocidal products, can transmit these competences to our customers."

KRAHN CHEMIE and LANXESS already work successfully together in the field of additives for industrial lubricants. A further cooperation exists with ARLANXEO, a joint venture of LANXESS and Saudi Aramco, for the distribution of synthetic rubber

Roland Stopp, Product Manager Material Protection Products of Lanxess Deutschland GmbH, during a sample extraction (source: Lanxess)