ZEON CORPORATION decides to increase Hydrogenated Nitrile Rubber production capacity in the United States
ZEON CORPORATION (President and CEO: Kimiaki Tanaka; “ZEON”), via its subsidiary Zeon Chemicals L.P. (headquarters: Louisville, KY USA; CEO: Michael Recchio; “Zeon Chemicals”) has decided to expand its capacity for its Zetpol® Hydrogenated Nitrile Rubber (“HNBR”) at its Texas Plant (Pasadena, TX USA). The expansion will increase ZEON’s global HNBR Rubber capacity by approximately 25% and is expected to be completed by the beginning of 2025.
Zetpol® is a specialty rubber with enhanced heat resistance made by hydrogenating oil-resistant nitrile rubber. ZEON produces Zetpol® at its Texas Plant as well as its Takaoka Plant (Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture, Japan). The expansion will increase ZEON’s global HNBR Rubber capacity by approximately 25% and is expected to be completed by the beginning of 2025. ZEON last expanded Zetpol® capacity at its Texas Plant in year 2020 and at its Takaoka Plant in 2022.
Zetpol® is utilized in a wide variety of demanding application in Oil&Gas, Automotive, and Industrial applications. Zetpol® is a performance upgrade versus traditional NBR Rubber, providing improved heat and oil resistance and toughness. Zetpol® is a cost-effective option for applications utilizing fluorinated rubber, such as FKM.