Arlanxeo debottlenecking HNBR plants to meet growing market demand
Upgrades at facilities in Germany, US to increase hydrogenated nitrile-butadiene rubber supply
The Hague, The Netherlands - Arlanxeo is debottlenecking two of its hydrogenated nitrile-butadiene rubber (HNBR) production facilities to meet growing demand for the high-end elastomer.
The Dutch-based company expects to complete the upgrades at its facilities in Leverkusen, Germany and Orange, Texas by the yearend, according to its 30 Nov announcement.
Once completed, the process is expected to add "close to 1,000 tons" of new capacity for the Therban-branded HNBR grades, stated Arlanxeo.
The HNBR plants in Orange and Leverkusen "will continue to prioritise safe and efficient production while optimising operations," the company added.
In 2022, Arlanxeo completed a debottlenecking project at its Leverkusen plant to add 10% HNBR capacity at the site.
The new project is in addition to the upgrade carried out last year, the Saudi Aramco-owned rubber supplier confirmed in a written statement to ERJ.
HNBR is widely used in automotive/new-mobility, oil & gas, mechanical engineering, and aerospace applications, the supplier pointed out.