Our new Changzhou plant

Wherever you grow, we follow

Largest EP(D)M plant in the world 
We invested EUR 235 million in the construction of our world-scale EP(D)M plant in Changzhou (Jiangsu Province), China - the largest investment the company has made in China to date. The new plant clearly underlines our commitment to being closer to our customers and supplying them with premium products.

 

Huge capacity
China is the world’s largest market for EP(D)M, driven above all by automotive and construction industries. The plant will have a capacity of 160,000 metric tons per year and the investment will create up to 200 new jobs. The plant has  achieved mechanical completion at the end of 2014 and started selling products to customers as of 2015.

 

Excellent facilities
The new EP(D)M plant is located at the well-established Changzhou Yangtze Riverside Industrial Park, with access to excellent storage and ship uploading facilities. Up to 2,000 people are currently working on the site.

 

Sustainable production
We will use Keltan ACETM technology to enable sustainable production at our new plant. In comparison to conventional technology, the Keltan ACETM technology reduces energy requirements for production and it does not require catalyst extraction as a result of high catalyst efficiency. Furthermore, the process enables the manufacture of new EP(D)M rubber grades, such as oil-extended EP(D)M and special high molecular weight EP(D)M. The new plant will produce in total ten premium grades of EP(D)M tailored to Chinese customer needs.

 

The Changzou plant in a nutshell

  • Investment in China to support strong growth 
  • Investment of € 235 million
  • Highly competitive site with best-in-class technology 
  • Started-up end 2014 with targeted capacity of 160 kt per year 
  • Ability to serve local customers quicker with premium products 
  • Shorter delivery times to customers in Asia 
  • Enhanced R&D capabilities in China