News Jan 29, 2018 Lanxess to expand zinc oxide plant line Zinc oxide as a specialty chemical plays a crucial role in the manufacture of many everyday products. For example, it is an important processing aid in the rubber processing industry, for exterior coatings, and in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. Thanks to their high level of activity, Lanxess zinc oxide products are effective catalysts in the sulfur crosslinking of rubber components, such as conveyor belts or hoses. In addition, they provide excellent UV protection in the formulation of sunscreen products and skin creams. The specially developed zinc oxide versions of these products are particularly kind to the skin due to their neutral pH value, and have antiseptic properties.