THE HAGUE, Netherlands—Arlanxeo is looking to advance its sustainability credentials with the introduction of elastomers, incorporating monomers derived from new biomass feedstocks and/or end-of-life plastics and rubber recyclate.
The synthetic rubber major has already made commercial in-roads in the bio-based polymer arena, with three Keltan ECO branded EPDMs—the ethylene monomer for which is derived from sugar cane.
Arlanxeo is now working with partners on an ISCC mass balance approach to produce a broader range of more sustainable elastomers by the fourth quarter of 2022.
"We are investigating options for all of our polymers, including but not limited to EPDM and NBR," said a statement from Li Birnie, head of corporate communications at Arlanxeo Holding B.V.
"We see ISCC+ mass balance certification as a serious option and are working on potential certification of our production facilities, including our EPDM production site in Geleen, the Netherlands," she added.
Arlanxeo expects to share more information regarding timing, availability and capacities in the first quarter of 2023, the company official concluded.