Friedrichshafen, Germany — Lanxess AG is targeting electrically charged vehicles as a key growth area as the company prepares for future mobility solutions. While maintaining that internal combustion engines will co-exist with electric vehicles “for quite some time,” the German specialty chemicals company has noted “a major change” currently faced by the automotive industry. These changes include electrified drive technologies, advancing digitalization and networking and the trend towards driver assistance and autonomous driving, Jan Bender, head of marketing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa region in the high performance materials business unit said at Fakuma in Friedrichshafen. With the use of thermoplastics in vehicle manufacture changing, parts will have to meet new requirements, such as high thermal conductivity for heat dissipation, flame retardancy, electromagnetically shielding properties or high tracking resistance are required. The company expects to tap its nylon 6 and 6/6 and polybutylene terephthalate compounds, which according to Bender “have great application potential in the electrified and autonomous automotive of the future....