The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. recently announced that it has completed the de-bottlenecking of its ultra-high-purity dicyclopentadiene (UHP-DCPD) recovery unit at its chemical plant in Beaumont, Texas. The DCPD concentration unit was constructed in late 2016 to purify DCPD up to the 99%+ purity levels. The Goodyear-Beaumont facility has been refining crude C5s into high-purity isoprene monomer, piperylenes, and DCPD since the 1970s.

According to Goodyear, ultra-high purity DCPD is used in the manufacture of reaction injection molded poly-DCPD tractor truck fascia, hoods, fenders, and air deflectors. It is also used to manufacture specialty chemicals such as time-release fertilizer coatings, thermoset electrical circuit boards, aroma chemicals for laundry detergents, and antioxidants. UHP-DCPD is also used to make EPDM rubber and ENB, a diene monomer in EPDM.

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