Dow Chemical said Wednesday it plans to build a new
world-scale plant for the production of metallocene ethylene
propylene diene monomer (EPDM), sold under the trademark of
NORDEL IP Hydrocarbon Rubber.
The new facility, when operational in 2016, will set the
standard in cost effectiveness and production efficiencies by
incorporating the use of Dows newest proprietary catalyst
technology and leveraging the
production advantages of Dows large-scale, integrated
solution process, the company said.
The manufacturing site will be located on the US Gulf Coast,
where the company says it is currently assessing location
Dow says the production facility will leverage its
investment plan to increase ethylene and propylene production
in the US Gulf Coast and will connect US operations into feedstock opportunities available
from increasing supplies of US shale gas.
NORDEL IP will continue to be a strategic part of the
Dow elastomers portfolio both now and into the future,
said Kim Ann Mink, business president for Dow within
elastomers, electrical and telecommunications.
The new world-scale facility will position Dow to meet
the increasing global demand for EPDM through next-generation
technology that produces a broader
offering including high mooney viscosity products with enhanced
quality, she continued.
From automotive and building and construction to wire and cable
markets, we will maintain Dows cost competitive position
through the implementation of technology efficiencies and
leveraging large, integrated sites.
End-use applications for NORDEL IP include
automotive weather-stripping, automotive hoses and belts,
building profiles, roofing membranes, footwear and general