Lanxess makes key appointments

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 14 Feb 2022


Lanxess has appointed Neelanjan Banerjee as the new global head of the Lubricants Additives business at Lanxess Corporation, USA effective July 1, 2022 after a brief work-in period.

Namitesh Roy Choudhury, the current head of Production, Technology, Safety and Environment group function (GF PTSE) India and executive director of Lanxess India, will succeed Neelanjan Banerjee as country representative and MD of Lanxess India from July 1, 2022. Choudhury had joined Bayer in 1989 and subsequently moved to Lanxess in India in 2005 and has more than 30 years of experience in the chemical industry.

Banerjee has been region head, vice-chairman and MD for Lanxess India since August 2018 and has also been an Executive Director since 2009. He has held senior management positions in the last 16 years with the organisation.

The Business Unit Lubricant Additives (BU LAB) is headquartered in Shelton, CT in the US and is globally positioned with around 800 customers worldwide and production sites in East Hanover, Fords, (USA), Elmira, West Hill (Canada), Altamira (Mexico), Mannheim (Germany), Latina (Italy), Kaoshiung (Taiwan) and Nantong, Qingdao (China). It also has a manufacturing facility in Geismar, Louisiana in the US (Rubicon - a joint venture between Lanxess and Huntsman). It has 5 global technical competence centres located in Naugatuck (USA), West Hill (Canada), Manheim (Germany) and APAC Application Development Center (AADC) at Shanghai (China).  It also has 3 regional sales hubs located in the Americas, Europe and APAC region. The BU LAB offers a comprehensive product portfolio for all lubricant applications. It focuses mainly on 3 segments: Transportation Additives, Industrial Additives and Synthetic Basestocks & Fluids. The business unit serves a host of attractive global end-application industries like automotive, marine, new mobility, aviation, power generation, food processing, metal working and general industrial.

Banerjee will take over from Martin Saewe who moves on to become the Head of Group Initiative e-mobility and circular economy. He succeeds Philipp Junge, who has led the Group initiative since its launch in August 2020 and has successfully driven Lanxess' strategy and projects around e-mobility and circular economy. Philipp Junge is leaving LANXESS at his own request effective March 31, to pursue new challenges outside the company.


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