CINCINNATI (Oct. 10, 2012)—Dow Chemical Co. plans to build a world-scale plant on the U.S. Gulf Coast to produce metallocene EPDM elastomers.
Dow expects to open the facility in 2016 and sell the material under the Nordel IP Hydrocarbon Rubber brand, officials said during the International Rubber Expo in Cincinnati.
The company has yet to select a site for the plant, but will choose one that will leverage Dow's plan to increase ethylene and propylene production in the Gulf Coast. The decision to build the factory follows a year-long feasibility study that looked at such issues as growing demand for the product and the need from a technology standpoint, said Bart Bowser, global product and asset director for Dow's Performance Plastics business.
Dow currently makes the material in Plaquemine, La. Bowser said Dow has options in both Texas and Louisiana, with a final site decision to be made in the coming months. No details were given on the projected investment required.
When completed, the materials firm said the new site will “set the standard in cost effectiveness and production efficiencies by incorporating the use of Dow's newest proprietary catalyst technology and leveraging the production advantages of Dow's large-scale, integrated solution process.”
Nordel IP is used in such applications as automotive weather-stripping, automotive hose and belts, building profiles, roofing membranes, footwear and general rubber products.