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Lanxess to produce cane-based EPDM rubber [Registered]

Lanxess is embarking on producing premium synthetic rubbers from biobased feedstock. The specialty chemicals company aims to commercially produce ethylene-propylene-diene monomer (EPDM) from biobased ethylene by the end of the year. It will be the first form of bio-based EPDM rubber in the world. EPDM is conventionally produced using the petroleum-based raw materials ethylene and propylene. Lanxess plans to use ethylene produced entirely from sugar cane. This bio-based form of ethylene is produced by dehydrating cane-based ethanol. The company Braskem S.A. will supply the bio-based ethylene via pipeline to Lanxess’ existing EPDM plant in Triunfo, Brazil. Triunfo currently produces 40,000…

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