By Patrick Raleigh, ERJ On-line news editor
Sittard, The Netherlands-DSM Engineering Plastics, part of DSM NV, plans to increase the capacity of its thermoplastic elastomer facility in Emmen, by 25 percent. The Dutch plant produces Arnitel-branded TPEs, which are based on polyether-polyester block copolymers.
The expansion is due on-stream by mid-2004 and is the second such increase in Arnitel production in the last five years, said a 12 Jan company statement. The latest project is in response to new demand for the TPE in Europe, as well as increasing penetration in US and Asia Pacific markets, it added.
â€œRight now, we have sufficient production capacity-we are investing in additional production to ensure continued availability in the foreseeable future,â€ said Philippe Rey, DSM's global business manager for Arnitel, in a press statement.
Arnitel is used in applications such as automotive airbag covers, constant-velocity axle joint boots, energy absorption units and films for medical applications.