Material Protection Products

Secure protection for your materials

Our Material Protection Products business unit develops active ingredients, preservatives and disinfectants. It protects materials against spoilage by microorganisms such as bacteria, yeast, mold, viruses and algae.

The products are used in many industries and applications. These include agriculture, construction, electronics and wood, as well as the beverage and water industry sectors.


Our Business Unit in numbers


Hero Brands

  • Virkon™
  • Preventol®
  • Velcorin®
  • Oxone™


Virkon™ is the umbrella brand of formulations used for disinfecting farms. These products protect against the spread of diseases such as African Swine Fever or Avian Influenza. Virkon™ products represent a fundamental pillar of biosecurity on farms by killing viruses, bacteria, fungi and other pathogens, with highly effective products.

Under the umbrella brand, Rely+On™, we also offer disinfectants for hospitals, laboratories, public institutions and medical equipment. 
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Rely+On Virkon™

No other disinfectant has the same powerful composition or extensive portfolio of performance and safety testing data. It combines application flexibility with broad spectrum efficacy, on hard surfaces, and in the face of organic challenge.


Under the Preventol® brand name, we sell active ingredients and finished formulations for in-can preservation, disinfection and wood protection, among other things. One example is the preservation of paints: Preventol® protects paints from taking on bad odors or discoloration caused by bacteria. This extends the life of the product and maintains its functionality, for example the spreadability of the paint.

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Preventol protects house facades, for example, from mold and algae attack


Velcorin® is used as a cold sterilization agent in the beverage industry. It deactivates microorganisms such as yeast, mold or bacteria that can enter the beverage during the filling process. Velcorin® does not affect the taste, smell or color of the beverage.

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Velcorin® deactivates microorganisms that can enter the beverage during the filling process.


Oxone™: our powerful and fast reacting oxidizing agent is used in a wide variety of industrial and consumer applications such as disinfection, pulp & paper, electronics and water treatment. 
For example in pools and spas, where it cleans the water and reduces the use of chlorine. Oxone™ makes the water sparkling clear, avoids eye- and skin irritation and is free of chlorine smells. 

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Oxone™ helps to keep the pool water safen and clear without over-chlorinating.

Your advantage

We see ourselves as a service provider who offers customers an individual and flexible range of solutions and services at the highest quality level.

Biocides or biocide-containing products may only be sold in many countries if they have been registered and approved beforehand in a complex procedure with the competent authority. We have obtained the necessary local registrations and approvals for our products and their ingredients. We ensure that necessary approval processes for new products are initiated in good time. Our experts evaluate toxicology, efficacy and data records for protecting the environment. They carry out risk assessments and prepare dossiers for submission to the regulatory authorities. We can therefore draw on extensive toxicological and ecotoxicological studies for our products.

In addition, our technical experts assist in the selection of suitable biocides, prepare dosage and formulation recommendations and carry out compatibility and stability tests. We have a wide range of other analytical techniques at our disposal - depending on the area of application. In our microbiological laboratories, we identify microorganisms and carry out extensive microbiological tests in accordance with international and industry standards. 



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Preventol® prevents bacteria and fungi from accumulating in the equipment.
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Preventol® improves the shelf life of concrete admixtures.
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Preventol® protects household cleaners from bad odors and discloronation.
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Preventol® reliably works against bacteria, viruses and fungi.


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LANXESS donates disinfectant to hospitals in Wuhan

February 17, 2020

Michael Zobel to head LANXESS subsidiary Saltigo

February 10, 2020

LANXESS completes acquisition of Brazilian biocide manufacturer IPEL

February 03, 2020


Janna Lisa Günther

Manager Strategy & Integration

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