Lubrizol inaugurates new compounding lines in Songjiang, China

Lubrizol inaugurates new compounding lines in China

3:50 PM, 19th March 2018
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CLEVELAND, US: The Lubrizol Corporation has unveiled its new compounding line in Songjiang, China. The new line is part of Lubrizol's strategic global capacity expansion program, supporting the company's engineered polymers business and well-known product lines including Estane thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and others.

  • Expansion in China is part of Lubrizol's strategic investment in engineered polymers, totalling nearly $80 million across the globe
  • New compounding line at Songjiang plant inaugurated in February; production commences from the first quarter of 2018
  • New reactive extrusion line in Songjiang to come onstream in the second half of 2018

Lubrizol's expansion efforts are a direct result of the company estimating demand for speciality elastomers and compounds to grow at double-digit rates. The new compounding line adds capability to produce customized, functional TPU and elastomer compounds, with sufficient capacity to enable near-term growth. In support of regional business growth, the new reactive extrusion lines are expected to increase TPU production capacity in Songjiang by nearly 40 percent.

Lubrizol was the first foreign company to invest in local TPU production in China. The 2018 expansion marks the fourth major expansion in Songjiang since the plant first began producing TPU in the early 2000s.  The Songjiang site has operated for more than three years without a recordable incident and with excellent reliability.

"Through our fast product development, expanded manufacturing capabilities, and local partnerships, Lubrizol is well positioned to tailor products to the specific needs of our customers' end-use applications and processes. Recent new product launches, including the Estane SKN range for consumer electronics and Estane TRX provide unique performance properties.  Now we can give our customers even greater design flexibility to help drive their product differentiation," said Jane Cai, regional business director, Lubrizol engineered polymers.

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