September 21, 2011

First bio-EPDM rubber by Lanxess

I have been working on this week's news roundup when I came across Lanxess' news today about its planned bio-based EPDM (ethylene-propylene-diene) monomer production in Brazil using sugarcane as feedstock for the ethylene component.

Braskem will supply the bio-ethylene via pipeline to Lanxess' EPDM plant in Triunfo, Brazil. Lanxess said this will be the first form of biobased EPDM rubber in the world. According to ICIS, EPDM is the third most-used synthetic rubber after styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) and butadiene rubber.

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