Manufacturing Day 2018 is being celebrated on Friday, October 5, and at LANXESS we're recognizing the day by recognizing you.

LANXESS is a leading global specialty chemicals company, and science and chemistry are core to what we do in manufacturing chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics.

LANXESS is celebrating Manufacturing Day in two ways:

  1. We want to help equip your science and chemistry labs by inviting your students to participate in a fun video competition – "Why Our Science or Chemistry Lab Needs a Makeover"

  2. We will host events at several plant locations on Manufacturing Day and throughout October and November

Intrigued? Click on any of the links above to learn more.
And if you want to learn more about chemistry, click here for our Introductory Chemistry textbook.

LanXess Factor X


The votes are in and we are happy to annouce the winners.

1st Place

Hamburg High School

2nd Place

Hamden High School

3rd Place

Pottstown Senior High School

The Competition

Bunsen burners fried? Test tubes broken? Protective eyewear missing? Hot plates sizzled? Show us in your “Why Our Science or Chemistry Lab Needs a Makeover” video.

Nothing will convince our judges better than showing them how desperately your school's science or chemistry lab needs a makeover. Tell a story. Be creative. Show visuals. All of this will factor into the judges' scores.

Judges will be scoring based on content, creativity and production.

Above all else, keep safety at the forefront of all that you do. At LANXESS, safety is priority one. We want you to be creative, but not at the expense of your safety.


Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day was launched in 2012 as a celebration of modern manufacturing designed to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. This year's Manufacturing Day will be celebrated on October 5, 2018 through a variety of events taking place on that day and throughout the month of October. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, more than 250,000 students across the country will participate in Manufacturing Day events. Students will have the opportunity to learn about careers in manufacturing and to engage with employees in various positions who are building manufacturing careers.


LANXESS Factor is a differentiating quality of our employees that develops and transforms careers. In the careers section below, you'll learn from LANXESS employees about what they do and the pathway they took to their careers. They have the LANXESS Factor.


Careers in manufacturing are plentiful. At LANXESS, we work with our employees to develop career pathways involving positions at all levels within the company.

In the videos below, you can hear directly from a few of our team members about the positions they hold at LANXESS. We've also provided links to several job descriptions for positions in our company and the educational requirements for each. In addition, we're pleased to share with you a textbook on Introductory Chemistry that was funded by LANXESS.

Liz Chanowich - Production Engineer

Omega Mack - QC/QA Lab Manager

Pamela Dudish - Plant Manager

Tom Compton - Lead Operator

Dan Knapp - Application Development Engineer

Matt Billiter - Market Manager

Criteria - Make sure your submission meets the following requirements

All videos will be judged based on content, creativity and production. After reviewing all videos, the judges will identify the videos of the top finalists, and those videos will be posted online for public voting.

  1. Videos must be two minutes or less. No exceptions, or risk disqualification.

  2. Videos must be created by students.

  3. Teachers must receive approval from the parents or guardians of all minors in the video and notify them that finalist videos will be placed online for public voting.

  4. Be appropriate. Any off-color language (spoken, displayed or sung) will result in disqualification.

  5. Videos must make reference in some way to Manufacturing Day 2017 and to LANXESS.

  6. Videos must be uploaded to by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017.

  7. A school can win one prize only.

  8. Above all else, keep safety at the forefront of all that you do. At LANXESS, safety is priority one. We want you to be creative, but not at the expense of your safety.

Shooting Your Video

The Right Steps

  1. Write a script! All video productions begin with a script or, at the very least, an outline. You should know ahead of time what you're going to shoot, when you're doing it, who is talking, what they're saying and what is appearing on screen at any time.

  2. Cell phone videos are great. You don't need to borrow a high-production video camera. Director Spike Lee shot one of his movies entirely on an iPad.

  3. Put it all together. There is a ton of free video editing software available. Find your favorite. If you have music, make sure it doesn't overpower the people who might be speaking. It's all about balance.

  4. Send it in! The only way to win is to submit your video on time – and to make sure it's two minutes or less. The deadline is October 16, 2017 by 4:00 p.m..

  5. This is worth repeating – the video must be two minutes or less. No exceptions. Anything over is disqualified.

Pump Up the Creative Juices

  1. Think of your message. How will you tell it? What will you show? Who will do the talking?

  2. . You can sing it. You can dance it. You can draw it. No limits. Ok – maybe a few. Keep it clean. No off-color language or gestures. Be safe.

  3. Videos are all about the visuals. Nothing will convince the judges more that your science or chemistry lab needs a makeover than showing them how desperately it is needed.

  4. Music can help to tell a story. Does your video need music? What song or songs fit your message? Or are you going to be super creative and write your own?

  5. Videos aren't always about motion – it's also ok to use still images.

  6. It's all up to you. Be creative. Be original. We want you to stand out.

Get the Vote

You entered the "Why Our Science or Chemistry Lab Needs a Makeover" video contest, and you want to win, right? The key is to ignite the votes.

Think The Voice! You need to get people to vote. In order to do that, you need to tell everyone you know and get them to tell everyone they know to vote for your video. And, since your video is awesome, people, will of course, want to vote for it.

Here are some tips:

  • tell your Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram friends to vote

  • ask your family members to share your posts with their friends and followers

  • make a Facebook event page to get your friends, parents and family to vote

  • make buttons

  • place flyers on cars in the school parking lot and in the vents of each locker

  • text everyone in your phone

  • email everyone in your contacts

  • add a "Vote for Me" line and link in your email signature

  • encourage friends and family members to retweet

  • post your video to your personal website or blog, asking followers for support

  • put up flyers at work asking your co-workers to help you

  • call your local newspaper or radio or TV station

  • you get the idea – be creative, and get the word out ... VOTE FOR ME!

Ok, so what are you waiting for? Go out there and ignite the votes!