Louisville, Kentucky - Zeon Chemicals LP, the US subsidiary of Japan's Zeon Corp., is to increase the production capacity of acrylic rubber at its Kentucky plant to meet global demand for oil resistance rubber.
The company, which markets acrylic rubber under the HyTemp brand, said it will boost capacity by 1.5 times the present level by July 2013. Zeon did not disclose current capacity nor investment made in the project.
Zeon said that demand for the product used in oil resistant rubber materials for automotive seals and hoses has risen with the increase in production of new vehicles across the world. The company added that higher engine temperature needed for low fuel consumption and the increase in the adoption of turbocharger systems will also further demand.