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2022-01-18, 10:16

Arkema to increase its global “Pebax” Elastomers production capacity

To support its customers’ strong growth, in particular in the sports and consumer goods markets, Arkema will increase its manufacturing capacity for “Pebax” elastomers by approximately 25 percent through an investment at its Serquigny plant in France.

As the company further announced, this investment will notably enable increased production of the bio-circular “Pebax Rnew” and traditional “Pebax” ranges. This new capacity will produce a variety of highly specialized grades to meet growing demand in numerous demanding applications thanks to the lightweight, flexibility and excellent energy return of these materials. These properties are particularly appreciated in sports equipment, such as soles for running shoes, ski boots or technical textile, in consumer goods such as smartphones and flexible screens, as well as in other markets such as medical equipment.

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Derived from renewable castor seeds, “Pebax Rnew” bio-circular materials offer a sustainable solution. Compared to other elastomers on the market, these materials should have a carbon footprint that is up to 50 percent lower and can be fully recycled. According to further company information, in addition, this investment, which is scheduled to come on stream mid-2023, will lower the water consumption of the site by 25 percent thanks to process optimization.

More information: www.arkema.com

Arkema, Colombes, France

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