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LANXESS: AGQM certification for Baynox plus Study confirms effectiveness of the new biodiesel stabilizer Leverkusen – Specialty chemicals group LANXESS AG has been awarded the much sought-after certification from the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitätsmanagement Biodiesel e.V. (AGQM) for its new biodiesel stabilizer Baynox plus. In a six-month practical study, the premium product proved its effectiveness and showed no interaction with other additives. Even at a dose of 100 ppm, which corresponds to just 100 grams per ton of biodiesel, Baynox plus increased the stability of the environmentally friendly fuel considerably and extended its storage capability significantly. Baynox plus is ideal in particular for biodiesel made from vegetable oils containing a large quantity of polyunsaturated fatty acids. This stabilizer was developed by LANXESS to supplement Baynox, previously the only biodiesel stabilizer to be approved by the German mineral oil providers. Baynox plus is designed to reliably stabilize and extend the storage life of highly oxidation-sensitive biodiesels made from soybean, sunflower and even jatropha oil. If the plant’s natural antioxidant, vitamin E, is not present in sufficient quantities, the resulting environmentally friendly fuel can oxidize and go rancid just like vegetable oils. When this happens, free fatty acids and polymers form in the biodiesel, which can lead to corrosion and deposits in the engine. Baynox, the butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) from LANXESS, has been awarded “no harm” status by the German mineral oil industry. This shows that the biodiesel stabilizer can be used to enhance the shelf life of pure biodiesel and B5 blends with mineral diesel. “Our products are of a consistently high quality, do not contain sulfur or nitrogen, and combust without leaving residues in the engine,” says Dr. Axel Ingendoh, the developer of biodiesel stabilizers. “Although last year saw a drop in the market demand for biodiesel in Germany due to the tax placed on pure biodiesel, with some manufacturers even having to cut down on overcapacities, worldwide demand for biodiesel remained high,” says Ralf Krüger, head of Marketing for Chlorotoluenes & Derivatives in the Basic Chemicals business unit, adding: “We anticipate sustained strong market growth for the global Baynox business in the next few years. In the near future, biodiesel will be made from “non-edible oils” instead of edible vegetable oils, which will boost our market growth considerably. This development will offer great potential for Baynox plus.” As Ingendoh explains: “Biodiesel made from non-edible oils, such as jatropha from India and Africa and karanja from China, is very sensitive to oxidation, which means that it will not have a sufficiently long storage capability without our highly effective stabilizer Baynox plus.” For details on the chemical effects of Baynox and Baynox plus, the problem of biodiesel oxidation, and information on particular products and applications, visit the website www.baynox.com. LANXESS is a leading specialty chemical company, with sales of EUR 6.61 billion in 2007 and approximately 14,600 employees in 21 countries around the world. The company has operations at 47 sites worldwide. LANXESS’s core business comprises the development, manufacture and sale of specialty chemicals, plastics, rubber and intermediates. Leverkusen, bol March 19, 2008 (2008-0057) Forward-Looking Statements This news release contains forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by LANXESS AG management. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments. Note to editors: All LANXESS news releases and accompanying photo, video and audio material can be found on http://press.lanxess.com.