Lanxess becomes Olympic specialist during 2012 London Olympics

Lanxess becomes Olympic specialist during 2012 London Olympics

7:56 AM, 6th August 2012
Lanxess becomes Olympic specialist during 2012 London Olympics
Lanxess headquarters in Germany.

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY: With the 2012 Olympics underway in London, UK, all the 15,000 athletes from all over the world battling for medals in the Olympic and Paralympic games, will not be far away from Lanxess products. Specialty chemicals are found in balls, mats, running tracks, gym floors, shoes and much more. They make sure that the athletes can trust their equipment. Without Lanxess products, top performances and world records would simply not be possible.

The most important equipment for runners is shoes, which uses a technology similar to that used in modern, fuel-saving tires: “Silica technology that gives tires good grip and makes them economical, ensures that soles of the running shoes have good grip on a wet track,” said Martin Mezger, Rubber Expert, Lanxess. To serve as a cushion between the foot and ground, midsoles are made of high-performance rubber. Levapren from Lanxess is one such material.

Anyone using two, three or four wheels is particularly dependent on Lanxess technology. This includes track cyclists, mountain bikers, triathletes and BMX riders as well as the wheelchair athletes in the Paralympic Games. A lot is inspired by modern-day car tires. The high-tech casing of the wheelchair wheels, for example, does not leave black streaks and smears on the gym floors thanks to the use of silica rather than carbon black in the material compound. They are also exceptionally abrasion-resistant, offer optimal grip even in wet conditions, and reduce rolling resistance.

Of the 60 or so Olympic and Paralympic disciplines, around one third of them use a ball of some kind. Butyl rubber (BTR) is a Lanxess material of choice for the bladder in all types of balls. The synthetic rubber is particularly impermeable to moisture and air, which is why it is used, for example, in car tires, bicycle inner tubes and balls when it is important to keep moisture out and air in.

Spectators in the stadiums frequently find themselves sitting on Lanxess products, as Durethan polyamide is used to for the production of stadium seats. A seat of this kind has to be able to withstand a weight of up to 600 kg and needs to be immune to effects of hail, ice, rain, snow and long periods of sunshine. The shells, which are produced in one piece by injection molding, have no dangerous edges or seams. And through combination with other Lanxess products such as Macrolex, Levagard and Disflamoll, they are not only colourful and attractive, they also have flame retardance.

Whether tennis, soccer or hockey, top-quality sports are simply impossible on a poor pitch. With the arrival of artificial turf and modern hard court coverings, the athletes can have a faster game and better ball control. Polymers such as polypropylene have proved ideal for the artificial blades of grass and to ensure they stay green despite the rain and sunshine. The use of Lanxess products also makes the substrate softer and reduces risk of injury.

In some track & field disciplines, gymnastics and the martial arts, the contestants are protected by mats that protect athletes from hitting the ground too hard. It also provides double protection in the form of slip resistance and flame retardance. Thus, in all, Lanxess’ high tech products used in most of the equipment at the Olympics 2012, makes it an Olympic specialist.

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