Crompton reduces antiozonant capacity-to improve profitability

By Liz White, ERJ staff

Middlebury, Connecticut-Crompton Corp. announced 20 Aug that it is reducing capacity of Flexzone, an antiozonant used to prevent cracking in tyres, by the end of the year-“in order,” it said, “to improve the overall profitability of its rubber chemicals business.”

Citing a dramatic decline in prices for the antidegradant, coupled with similarly dramatic rises in raw material prices for the product, as well as high energy costs, the US-based rubber chemical maker said simply that the product is unprofitable.

Crompton will…

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