Organometallics - About us

LANXESS’ Organometallics business (OMS) is part of the Advanced Industrial Intermediates business unit, which is known for its high quality industrial chemicals. Its core competency is the production and safe handling of a broad range of selected reactive organometallic products providing the prerequisites for our customers’ success. The combination of over 60 years of operation and innovative development excellence with our global supply chain capabilities, are the basis for a sustainable customer-oriented business model. 

LANXESS’ Organometallics business specializes in the manufacturing and marketing of highly reactive, metal containing specialties which are essential for a variety of large, fast growing and attractive end markets.

We are a global partner for manufacturing, marketing and development of products used in polymer production and synthesis of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals.Safety is a prime requirement when working with Organometallics. We have a 60 years track record in handling those substances safely. 

Our processes are designed to minimize impacts on air, water and soil. We maintain our asset base for long-term operation and high asset reliability with the most advanced technical standards. We are committed to Product Stewardship and Responsible Care Initiatives, including the European REACH legislation.




LANXESS Organometallics offers a broad range of catalyst components for all important low pressure processes operated with Ziegler-Natta type, Single-site and other specialized catalyst systems. The offering includes metal alkyl co-catalysts and catalyst support precursors, external stereomodifiers (donors), metallocenes and aluminoxane based metallocene activators. The most important target applications are:



Aluminum, boron and zinc alkyl co-catalysts, as well as magnesium alkyl catalyst support precursors and alkyl silane stereomodifiers (donors) are all used in Ziegler-Natta type catalysts for the production of a vast variety of PE (LLDPE, HDP) and PP resin grades with all state-of-the-art gas phase, slurry and solution polymerization process technologies.
Metallocenes, aluminoxane based metallocene activators and aluminum alkyl based co-catalysts and scavengers are used in Single-site catalyst systems for the production of a variety of high performance PE, PP and other olefin (co-)polymer resin grades with superior properties.



Aluminum alkyl co-catalysts and aluminoxane activators are well established as key components used in Ziegler-Natta type and Single-site catalyst systems for production of certain polyolefin elastomers like NBR and EPDM.


Olefin Oligomers

Aluminum and magnesium alkyls are important co-catalysts for olefin oligomerization. Typical olefin oligomers produced are C4 – C20 alpha olefins.




Our products are used as reagents in the production of pharmaceuticals and other fine chemicals to conduct complex chemical reactions. They are generally used to make active ingredients or key building blocks for pharmaceuticals.


Metal Alkyls

In addition to their outstanding performance as catalyst components in polymerization and oligomerization reaction, LANXESS's metal alkyls are very effective alkylation and reducing agents in organic synthesis and can also be used in olefin metathesis and Friedel-Crafts reactions with aromatic substrates.




LANXESS's Organometallics products (marketed under the trade name AXION®) are essential components in a wide variety of end-use applications. Among some of the most recent innovations, AXION technology is used in the newest generation of catalyst systems for olefin oligomerization and polymerization. The so-called Single Site Catalyst systems utilize AXION MAO as an activator, in combination with metallocenes, to achieve new levels of performance in engineered plastics.



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​In the planning and design of industrial equipment for handling Organometallics the special properties of these products must be taken into consideration. LANXESS has gained a lot of experience over more than 60 years in handling Organometallics safely.

Our Technical Service is ready to give advice on all technical and safety aspects concerning the safe handling of Organometallics during industrial processing, transport, unloading, mixing or storage. Our engineers can be involved at the design stage to advise and help in preparing the basic engineering design. In this way the special requirements of the plant can be considered right from the start, thus ensuring safe operation later on. Our Technical Service offers to train your operating personnel in handling Organometallics, including training about how transport containers can be connected and disconnected safely, how to take samples and how to prevent and fight fires.

Safety is a prime requirement when handling Organometallics. LANXESS has developed a range of transport containers for industrial and research applications. This comprises containers for small quantities in the laboratory, for larger quantities on a pilot plant scale and for large scale industrial use. These allow a safe and easy transfer of the products.


In this section, we discuss the safety aspects of the chemical and physical properties of organometallics.

>> Chemical and Physical Properties




With accidents involving metal alkyls the danger of burns and clothes catching fire is particularly great, owing to the self-igniting properties of these products. For this reason all plant personnel handling metal alkyls must wear protective, fire-proof clothing.

Apart from providing good protection against fire, the protective clothing must allow sufficient freedom of movement for manual operations, and also be light and easy to shed in case of spillage on the clothing. For detailed information, including images, on personal safety, please click on the following link

>> Personal Safety Description



Preventative fire precautions are particularly important in dealing with metal alkyls and their preparations. Plants in which metal alkyls are used should therefore be designed and controlled in such a way as to help prevent further spillage of alkyls or spreading of fire in the case of an accident (automatic partitioning or closing of valves from a safe position).

Metal alkyl stores and blending stations should be built at a safe distance from production plant. The width of protective strips of ground, which are specified according to the German "Verordnung brennbare Flüssigkeiten" for combustible liquids with the lowest flash point, are the minimum requirements for safety distances.

For detailed information, including images, on fire precautions and fire fighting, please click on the following link.

>> Fire Precautions and Fire Fighting


To meet the various requirements of transporting metal alkyls a special transport container system has been developed. These containers are used in sizes from 1,6 litres to 22,390 litres filling volume by always representing 90% of their total capacity. Altogether 10 different types are available.

They are: 2, 3, 4, 5, 5.1, 6, 6.1, 7, 8 and 9.

To get a complete overview how to transport the metal alkyls, please click on the link listed below.

>> Transport Containers


Special flat top rail cars are required for transporting Container 7. A maximum of three filled or four empty containers can be transported on one rail car. The container removed from the car with a crane and lifting tackle. Alternatively the container can also be emptied directly from the car if the transfer station is suitably designed.

For more detailed information on other transport systems, please click on the link below.

>> Transport Systems


For comprehensive technical data for LANXESS's Organometallics transport containers, please click on the link below.

>> Technical Data for Transport Containers


The regulations for transports of dangerous goods, both nationally and internationally, depend on the respective conveyance. Pyrophoric metal alkyls are specified under class 4.2: Spontaneously Combustible Materials. Non-pyrophoric metal alkyls and diluted solutions of metal alkyls such as AXION® CA 1310 or AXION® CA 1330 are, however, materials of class 4.3 "substances which, by interaction with water, are liable to become spontaneously flammable or to give off flammable gases in dangerous quantities." The transport of our metal alkyls is always carried out in steel containers. These are special, pressure resistant, steel containers that have been constructed, tested and approved according to the existing transport regulations.

For detailed information on transport regulations, please click on the following link.

>> Transport Regulations


A dip tube is available for Container 2 which can be screwed into the neck to permit safe transfer of product. Small quantities of metal alkyl can be withdrawn with the help of a syringe or suction pipette.

To get a complete overview about other container types in the system please click on the link below.

>> Transfer & Storage Information


For complete guidelines and instructions on transferring metal alkyls from the container, please click on the link below.

>> Directions for the Transfer of Metal Alkyls from the Container


Metal alkyls can also be supplied as solution in any concentration required by the customer. The transport containers for the solutions are the same as those used for neat metal alkyls. In handling the solutions, the same safety precautions should be applied as for the handing of undiluted metal alkyls. In addition, special precautions may be necessary for the solvent.


Saturated hydrocarbons like hexane and heptane, aromatic hydrocarbons like toluene or inert hydrocarbon mixtures like white oils are suitable as solvents.

For more detailed information on solvents and solutions, please click on the following link.

>> Metal Alkyl Solutions


Any disposal of aluminum alkyls should always be in line with all local respective regulations. The following document provides technical information only. For any regulatory questions please contact your own responsible EH&S manager.

>> Waste Disposal


Aluminum alkyl samples can be taken safely if safety guidelines are strictly followed. For good analytical results sample taking is a very critical step in the whole analytical process.

>> Alkylsampling


Analytical investigations are applied for product quality control, statistical process control, quality check of raw materials, for characterization of new products developed in our Technology Centre and as technical service for customers. Equipped with state of the art instruments we at LANXESS Organometallics are able to run analytical methods developed and continuously improved by our well trained analytical staff. We provide modern analytical service by operating quality control laboratories in the production plants and in the Technology Department. Different analytical methods in combination with our analytical instruments allow us to identify and specify all our products. A modern LIMS (Laboratory Information Management Systems) allows us to handle analytical orders and safely store and archive results.

For detailed information on analytics, please click on the following link.

>> Analytic Information