Leverkusen, Germany - Lanxess is to de-bottleneck its ethylene-propylene rubber factories in Marl, Germany and Orange, Texas, to bring its production capacity up to 140 kt/year. The company did not specify current capacity, but the IISRP lists each plant as having nominal capacity of 55 kt/year.
Ethylene propylene rubber is made in two broad families. Terpolymers are known as EPDM, while copolymers are known as EPR for ethylene-propylene rubber. The term EP(D)M is sometimes used to refer to both types of material.
Robert Gnann, manager of the EP(D)M business that is handled by LANXESS's Technical Rubber Products business unit said, "The investments will remain fairly small-scale. We are confident that we can complete the capacity expansion by the beginning of 2008.â€
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Press release from Lanxess