Arkema will increase its global manufacturing capacity for Pebax® elastomers by approximately 25% through an investment at its Serquigny plant in France. This investment will notably enable increased production of the bio-circular Pebax Rnew® and traditional Pebax ranges. This new capacity will produce a variety of specialized grades to meet growing demand in numerous demanding applications.

Derived from renewable castor seeds, Pebax Rnew advanced bio-circular materials reportedly offer a sustainable solution to customers that are increasingly driven by sustainability and social responsibility. Compared to other elastomers on the market, these materials have a carbon footprint that is up to 50% lower and can be fully recycled. In addition, this investment, which is scheduled to come on stream mid-2023, will lower the water consumption of the site by 25% thanks to process optimization.

“We are very excited to commit to an expansion in our Pebax® elastomers capacity,” said Erwoan Pezron, senior vice president of Arkema’s High Performance Polymers Business Line. “The Serquigny plant has a long proven legacy in the production of these advanced materials, and we are delighted to add this new capacity to support our customers’ growing demand for high-performance sustainable materials. We will also continue to produce many of these materials at our Birdsboro plant in Pennsylvania.”

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