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Zeon Chemicals commence production of biobased elastomers [Registered]

Zeon Chemicals recently announced that it has begun producing Hydrin-brand elastomers at its plant in Hattiesburg, Mississippi using epichlorohydrin monomer derived from palm and other vegetable oils. Biobased content of the synthetic rubber is around 20-25%, stressed Clark Cable, Hydrin Business Manager. Specific characteristics of the Hydrin line are claimed to include: broad temperature range, from -40°C to >125°C continuous; >150°C short-term; range of dynamic properties – damping to resilient; inherently electrostatic dissipative; very permeation resistant to gases – exceeds butyl in most instances; and hydrocarbon resistant – fossil and biofuels This range of characteristics supports its use in a…

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