The EPDM grades will be produced at a 75 kilotonnes per annum plant within the integrated chemical complex operated by Petro Rabigh, a JV between Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical.
Products from the EPDM unit – currently in start-up phase – will be supplied from the first half of this year, under a global sales & marketing agreement with Dhahran-based Saudi Aramco Products Trading Co.
Arlanxeo – a synthetic rubber JV between Lanxess and Saudi Aramco – will sell the new EPDM grades under its own Keltan trademark, with ‘KSA’ added to represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“As producer, Petro Rabigh sets the specifications for [the Keltan KSA grades]. We supply material based on these specifications,” an Arlanxeo spokewoman explained.
With regard to the duration of the sales & marketing agreement with Saudi Aramco Products Trading, Arlanxeo's representative said that the parties had agreed not to comment on this point.
Asked about the process technology involved, the spokeswoman referred ERJ to Petro Rabigh, saying: 'we cannot comment on the technology used by other companies."
According to Arlanxeo's press statement, the deal will strategically expand its activities in the market for EPDM rubber materials.
Keltan KSA will have "its own brand identity and positioning supported by a dedicated organisation.” according to Jasvinder Kaur, head of Keltan KSA.