APLA '11: LANXESS begins bio-based EPDM production

08 November 2011 22:53  [Source: ICIS news]

BUENOS AIRES (ICIS)--LANXESS has begun producing bio-based synthetic rubber at its Triunfo plant in southern Brazil, the company's Brazil CEO said on Tuesday.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) annual meeting, Marcelo Lacerda said production of the bio-based ethylene propylene-diene monomer (EPDM) rubber started this week.

Brazilian producer Braskem will supply bio-based ethylene feedstock, made by dehydrating ethanol from sugar cane, via a pipeline to the 40,000 tonne/year EPDM plant.

Under the Braskem supply agreement, the plant at Triunfo, which is in the Rio Grande do Sul region, will be able to produce 10,000 tonnes/year of bio-based EPDM branded as Keltan Eco, Lacerda said.

Production of Keltan Eco will be ramped up to 10,000 tonnes/year according to customer demand and output will be supplied to Lanxess customers worldwide, he said.

EPDM is commonly used in the automotive industry as well as in the plastics modification, cable and wire, construction and oil additives industries.

By: Anna Jagger
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