ExxonMobil plans to lift output of its “Santoprene” thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) at its facility in Newport / UK. The company did not provide any details on investment cost or capacities, saying merely that once the additional output is brought on stream, it will increase its total global TPV capacity by 25%. The expansion is due to be completed by the end of next year, as reported by Plasteurope.
Santoprene elastomers are used in a variety of applications, ranging from healthcare devices to automotive components. The material performs like vulcanised rubber and can be either extruded, moulded or thermoformed. It is characterised by resilience, flexibility and resistance to heat, fluids and chemicals, the company said.