DSM to expand Dutch TPE plant

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…

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