From Rubber & Plastics News
Villejust, France - Eliokem S.A.S. is building a plant in China to boost its capability to make vinyl pyridine latex, used primarily in the production of tyre cord fabric, because of growing demand in Asia.
The company said a 323 000-sq.-ft. facility will be commissioned in the second half of the year at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park of Caojing, China. Once the plant is on line, Eliokem said its annual vinyl pyridine production capacity-including a facility in Le Havre, France-will reach about 20 000 metric tons.
Eliokem said the expansion will make it the world's largest producer of the latex. The site has 473 600 square feet of additional land, and that and its proximity to petrochemical raw materials suppliers gives the company the opportunity for future expansion.
The company said about one in three radial passenger tyres worldwide use its Pilocord latex to provide adhesion to the tyre's rubber.
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Eliokem building Pliocord facility in China from Rubber & Plastics News (a Crain publication)