Volume 89 Issue 39 | p. 16 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 26, 2011

Lanxess Eyes More Biobased Rubber

Department: Business
Keywords: EPDM, isobutanol, iso-butyl alcohol, ethanol
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EPDM finds wide use in automotive applications.
Credit: Lanxess
Lanxess plans on making ethylene-propylene-diene rubber (EPDM) partially derived from ethanol at its plant in Triunfo, Brazil. EPDM is a rubber primarily used in automotive and construction applications and is made from ethylene and propylene. Shown is an auto taillight.
 
EPDM finds wide use in automotive applications.
Credit: Lanxess

Lanxess plans to partially use renewable resources to make ethylene-propylene-diene rubber (EPDM) at its plant in Triunfo, Brazil. The company will secure biobased ethylene from Braskem, which operates a plant that dehydrates sugar-based ethanol into ethylene. At the Triunfo site, which can produce 40,000 metric tons of conventional EPDM per year, Lanxess will soon make hundreds of tons of biobased EPDM. Lanxess also has been working with Gevo to develop butyl rubber derived from biobased isobutyl alcohol.

 
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