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ARLANXEO launches Keltan KSA - EPDM rubbers produced in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

February 08/2018

MOSCOW (MRC) -- ARLANXEO (JV of Lanxess and Saudi Aramco), one of the worlds leading suppliers of synthetic elastomers, has signed an agreement with Saudi Aramco Products Trading company, headquartered in Dhahran, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, pertaining to the marketing and sales of EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) rubber, as per the company's press release.

By entering into this agreement, ARLANXEO is strategically expanding its activities in the market for EPDM rubbers. ARLANXEO will start to supply the new EPDM grades within the first half of 2018 under its own Keltan trademark with the extension KSA, that represents the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Extending the Keltan portfolio underscores ARLANXEOs strong commitment to these products. With Keltan and Keltan KSA, ARLANXEO will provide a unique and broad EPDM portfolio in order to serve customers in a comprehensive manner. "Keltan KSA will have its own brand identity and positioning supported by a dedicated organization," explains Jasvinder Kaur, Head of Keltan KSA.

The EPDM Keltan KSA grades will be produced in Rabigh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The EPDM plant in Rabigh is part of a fully integrated chemical complex which operates under the name Petro Rabigh with Saudi Aramco as a shareholder.

"Saudi Aramco Products Trading Company is pleased to partner with ARLANXEO to introduce Keltan KSA, a combination of Petro Rabigh manufacturing strength and ARLANXEOs global market expertise. This partnership between Saudi Aramco Products Trading Company and ARLANXEO will leverage the highest value for all stakeholders." underlines Muhammad Al-Arfaj, Vice President of Saudi Aramco Products Trading Company.

Christian Widdershoven, member of ARLANXEOs executive board and Head of the High Performance Elastomers division highlights "Through this agreement, we are further strengthening ARLANXEOs position as the global supplier for synthetic rubbers in the world market."

EPDM rubbers are used to manufacture seals and hoses in the automotive industry, gaskets and sheeting in the building and construction industry and bulls-eye and seals in the consumer goods industry. EPDM rubbers stand out thanks to their high resistance to water, ozone, UV, heat, and weather. In addition, they offer excellent dynamic properties and a wide temperature range, are extremely flexible, durable, and have outstanding electrical properties.

As MRC wrote previously, ARLANXEO is expanding its global chloroprene rubber (CR) production at the site in Dormagen, Germany. The production capacity there will be increased to as much as 70,000 tons per year overall that will be available to the market already during the first quarter of 2019. ARLANXEO is investing an upper single-digit million in the expansion project overall.

ARLANXEO was established in April 2016 as a joint venture of Lanxess - a world-leading specialty chemicals company based in Cologne, Germany - and Saudi Aramco - a major global energy and chemicals enterprise headquartered in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The two partners each hold a 50-percent interest in the joint venture. The business operations of ARLANXEO are assigned to the High Performance Elastomers and Tire & Specialty Rubbers business units.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:propylene, ethylene, car components, construction, natural rubber, Arlanxeo (Lanxess), Lanxess, Petro Rabigh, Saudi Aramco, Germany, Saudi Arabia.
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