Dow starts commercial production of new-catalyst EPDMs

London – Dow Chemical Co. has started commercial-scale production of new EPDM grades based on its ‘advanced molecular catalyst’ technology, according to Dr Olaf Hanschke, a technical leader at Dow Europe.

The technology has been retrofitted to an existing facility in Plaquemine, Louisiana prior to its imminent deployment within a new world-scale EPDM plant at the same site, Hanschke said at the IoM3 Innovations in Design conference, 7-8 Dec in London.

The post-metallocene technology represents a family of catalysts that can be optimised to provide EPDM polymers with enhanced Mooney viscosities…

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