AKRON—Goodyear has completed debottlenecking of its ultra high purity dicyclopentadiene recovery unit at its chemical plant in Beaumont, Texas.
The Goodyear-Beaumont facility has refined crude C5s into high purity isoprene monomer, piperylenes and DCPD since the 1970s, according to a company news release. The DCPD concentration unit was constructed in 2016 to reach DCPD purity levels of more than 99 percent.
UHP-DCPD is used to make EPDM rubber and ENB, a diene monomer in EPDM, Goodyear said. Other applications include manufacturing of reaction injection molded poly-DCPD tractor truck fascia, hoods, fenders and air deflectors. In addition, it is used to produce specialty chemicals for time-release fertilizers and thermoset electrical circuit boards, among others.
Besides producing for its own use, Goodyear Chemical said it sells UHP-DCPD to customers globally via rail car, tank truck and isotainers.