Corrected: S Korea's Kumho Chemical completes new 60,000 tonne/year EPDM unit

13 September 2013 09:30  [Source: ICIS news]

Correction: In the ICIS news story headlined "S Korea's Kumho Chemical completes new 60,000 tonne/year EPDM unit" dated 13 September 2013, please read in the first paragraph ... in Yeosu ... instead of ... in Seoul .... A corrected story follows.

TOKYO (ICIS)--South Korean producer Kumho Polychem has completed the construction of its 60,000 tonne/year ethylene-propylene-diene monomer (EPDM) in Yeosu, its part-owner JSR Corp said on Friday.

This is Kumho Polychem’s second EPDM plant, JSR said in a statement.

Together with the existing plant at the same site, the new unit boosted its total capacity of EPDM to 150,000 tonnes/year, the company said.

EPDM is a synthetic rubber widely used in applications such as automotive parts, according to JSR.

JSR plans to increase the capacity of Kumho Polychem’s second EPDM plant by 60,000 tonnes/year by building a new production line, it said.

Construction of the new line is scheduled to start in July 2014, and it is expected to begin commercial production in September 2015, JSR said.  

This will boost JSR’s group capacity of EPDM to 246,000 tonnes/year, including 36,000 tonnes produced at JSR’s Kashima plant in Japan, the company added.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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