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Lanxess awards EPC work to Foster Wheeler for China synthetic rubber project

11.26.2012  | 

The new facility will be designed to produce 160,000 tpy of EPDM rubber. The plant is expected to start up in 2015. Germany-based specialty chemicals firm LANXESS says the new plant, which it describes as the largest EPDM rubber facility in the world, is its largest investment in China to date.

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Foster Wheeler said Monday it was awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCm) contract by LANXESS for a new ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber plant to be built at Changzhou in China's Jiangsu Province.

Foster Wheeler is currently executing the front-end engineering design (FEED) for this facility.

The contract value for this project was not disclosed and was included in the company's third-quarter 2012 bookings.

The new facility will be designed to produce 160,000 tpy of EPDM rubber. The plant is expected to start up in 2015.

LANXESS, a specialty chemicals company headquartered in Germany, says the new plant, which it describes as the largest EPDM rubber facility in the world, is its largest investment in China to date.

EPDM is used primarily in the automotive industry as door sealants or windscreen wipers. It is also used in the plastics modification, cable and wire, construction and oil additives industries.

"This latest win further demonstrates the value LANXESS places on the quality of our people and its confidence in our performance in delivering LANXESS' projects safely and successfully," said Umberto della Sala, chief operating officer for Foster Wheeler.

"Foster Wheeler is working as the EPCm contractor on three of LANXESS' major projects in Asia."



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