ZEON Increases Production Capacity for Zetpol® at US Plant

25 % Capacity Expansion of Hydrogenated Nitrile Rubber (HNBR) by 2025

ZEON Europe GmbH – European subsidiary of ZEON Corporation, Japan, a leading and globally operating producer of specialty polymers – welcomes the increase of production capacity for Zetpol? Hydrogenated Nitrile Rubber (HNBR) at the US Plant in Pasadena, Texas. “The expansion will increase ZEON”s global HNBR rubber capacity by approximately 25 % and is expected to be completed by 2025,” stated Dr. Kai Kremer, Commercial Manager HNBR of ZEON Europe.

Zetpol? is a specialty rubber with enhanced heat resistance made by hydrogenating oil-resistant nitrile rubber. ZEON produces Zetpol? at its Texas Plant as well as its Takaoka Plant (Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture, Japan). ZEON last expanded Zetpol? capacity at its Texas Plant in 2020 and at its Takaoka Plant in 2022.

Superior Performance in Tough Environment

Zetpol? shows exceptionally high resistance to oil, heat, steam, acids, and ozone and features a low brittleness temperature. It is utilized for molded parts and hoses in oil fields as well as for hoses, gaskets, and seals used in the automotive industry, heavy vehicle operations, and industrial applications. Zetpol? is a performance upgrade versus traditional NBR Rubber, providing improved heat and oil resistance and toughness. In addition, Zetpol? is a cost-effective option for applications utilizing fluorinated rubber, such as FKM.

ZEON Europe introduces its product portfolio and several new specialty rubber highlights from July 1 to 4, 2024 at the Deutsche Kautschuk-Tagung (DKT; German Rubber Conference) in Nuremberg, Germany, at Stand 524 in Hall 9.

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