Lanxess to produce bio-based EPDM rubber

German speciality chemical company Lanxess has announced that it plans to commercially produce ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) from bio-based ethylene by the end of 2012.

The chemical conventionally produced using ethylene and propylene.

Braskem will supply the bio-based ethylene to Lanxess existing ethylene propylene diene monomer plant in Triunfo, Brazil.

The Triunfo plant produces 40,000t of regular EPDM rubber per year.

The chemical is used in automotive industry, plastics modification, cable and wire, construction and oil additives industries.

All EPDM grades will be sold under the trade name Keltan, the company said.