Lubrizol expands thermoplastics polyurethane capacity globally

Lubrizol expands thermoplastic polyurethane capacity globally

5:43 AM, 21st February 2018
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CLEVELAND, US: The Lubrizol Corporation announced a global expansion program supporting the its engineered polymers thermoplastics polyurethane (TPU) business and growing global demand for its Estane TPU, Pearlthane(TM) TPU, Pearlbond(TM) TPU and other product lines.   

  • New capacity being added in key plants in North America, Europe and Asia
  • Multi-million-dollar expansions, with a combined investment of nearly $80 million
  • New capabilities and capacity demonstrate long term commitment and dedication to technology leadership, innovation, automation and supply chain reliability

In North America, the company is adding new state-of-the-art production capabilities, expanded raw material storage, warehouse space and improved site logistics. With the latest investment, new capacity is expected to come onstream later this year. 

In Songjiang, China, the company held a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this month to inaugurate a new compounding line and new extrusion lines. 2018 marks the fourth major expansion in Songjiang since the plant first produced TPU in the early 2000's. Recognizing the vast potential of the Chinese market, Lubrizol was the first foreign company to invest in local TPU production. Further investment is planned in Asia in 2019. 

In Europe, the company is extending production capabilities for elastomers, aliphatic and adhesives. These expansions build on the acquisition of Merquinsa in 2011, and improvements to R&D laboratories in 2016. A next major European expansion is planned for 2019.

"Ongoing investments in engineered polymers are an integral part of Lubrizol's global growth strategy and strengthen our position in every region of the world. We see a robust market poised for growth with a rebounding global economy, infrastructure and technology investments, and increasing demand for higher performing, more sustainable materials. We are well prepared to meet the needs of this dynamic market," said Arnau Pano, vice president and general manager, Lubrizol engineered materials. 

"Lubrizol has been recognized as a market leader since its invention of TPU for commercial use. These staged investments demonstrate our long-term commitment to innovation and growth and strengthen our ability to serve customers worldwide. The added capabilities ensure that we deliver world class quality and more sustainable manufacturing practices. Our resources are aligned to quickly identify and respond to market trends, fast-track innovation and applications development, and help our customers be more successful in the markets they serve," added Jian-Wei Dong, general manager, Lubrizol engineered polymers.

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