MOSCOW (MRC) -- Arlanxeo is to increase the annual production capacity of its EPDM plant in Changzhou by 15%, according to ERJ with reference to the Dutch-based synthetic rubber company's statement.
“Independently designed and implemented” at the Chinese plant, the project involves “upgrading downstream applications to achieve efficient and sufficient product supply.”
In its statement, Arlanxeo added that an acceleration of new infrastructure and automotive industry projects in China were driving increased demand for its elastomers.
The operational efficiency programme covers the production of various grades of Keltan-branded EPDM materials produced at the 160 kilotonnes per annum plant.
These products, noted Arlanxeo, are used in component parts for 5G construction, ultra-high voltage, charging pile and ‘big data’ centres in new infrastructure areas. Other applications include: parts for trains and rail transit systems; profiles for new energy vehicles; washing machine gaskets; and air-conditioner dampers.
As MRC informed before, in October 2020, Arlanxeo sold its Canadian olefins business, which produces butadiene and raffinate in Sarnia, Ontario, to Mitsubishi Corp. for an undisclosed sum.
Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 2,487,450 tonnes in 2021, up by 13% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market totalled 1,494.280 tonnes, up by 21% year on year. Deliveries of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased, whreas.shipments of PP random copolymers decreased significantly.
Arlanxeo is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Saudi Aramco.