US Zeon Chemicals to increase polyacrylate elastomers capacity

27 December 2012 08:19  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--US chemical producer Zeon Chemicals plans to increase the production of polyacrylate elastomers, called HyTemp, by 1.5 times of the current capacity at its plant in Louisville, Kentucky by debottlenecking, its Japanese parent company Zeon Corp said on Thursday.

The move was because of the growing demand for automotive applications, Zeon said in an official statement.

The product resists high temperature and petroleum-based lubricants and greases, according to Zeon.

The company plans to start debottlenecking works in early 2013 by spending “several million dollars”, and restart the plant by July 2013, a Zeon spokesman said.

He did not disclose the specific capacity of the polyacrylate elastomers plant, but said the total capacity of polyacrylate elastomers at Louiville and epichlorohydrine (ECH) rubber, produced at Zeon Chemicals’ Mississippi plant, is currently 16,000 tonnes/year.

Of the total output of 16,000 tonnes/year, the capacity of polyacrylate elastomers is less than that of ECH rubber, the spokesman added.

The capacity of ECH will not be changed, he said.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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