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  • ExxonMobil to expand specialty elastomers capacity at Newport, Wales plant

    ExxonMobil announced today plans to expand its specialty elastomers plant in Newport, Wales. The company said the project, expected to be completed in late 2017, will result in a 25-percent increase in its global capacity to manufacture Santoprene™ thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV), high-performance e more

  • LANXESS: Strike at butyl rubber plant in Belgium ends

    LANXESS is in the process of restarting its world-scale butyl rubber plant in Zwijndrecht, Belgium, after union-represented production employees agreed to accept the terms of a new two-year collective labor agreement and subsequently ended their strike. Normal supplies to customers will be re-establ more

  • LANXESS opens butyl rubber plant in Singapore

    LANXESS inaugurated its new butyl rubber plant on Jurong Island in Singapore on schedule. The specialty chemicals company has invested approximately EUR 400 million in the plant, which will have a capacity of 100,000 metric tons. The plant will create about 160 new jobs that will mainly be filled lo more

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The Chemistry of the World Cup Football

A number of chemical materials are used in the manufacture of the Brazuca, the World Cup football. The majority of these materials are polymers; these are very long molecules built up from many smaller component molecules. A simple, everyday example is polyethene, used to make some plastic bags. Dif more

The Chemistry of the EURO 2016 Football

This year’s European Championships are now well under way in France, and there’s already been some great football on show. It might surprise you to learn that some chemistry has also been taking centre-stage! The EURO 2016 ball is a triumph of materials science, and in this post we take a look at so more

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Butyl rubber

Butyl rubber Butyl rubber—also known as polyisobutylene and PIB (C4H8)n is a synthetic rubber , a homopolymer of 2-methyl-1-propene . Polyisobutylene is produced by polymerization of about 98% of isobutylene with about 2% of isoprene . St ... more


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