Arlanxeo to construct new HNBR plant in China

Arlanxeo to construct new HNBR plant in ChinaSynthetic rubber producer Arlanxeo has announced the planned construction of a hydrogenated nitrile butadiene rubber (HNBR) plant in Changzhou, China. With a nameplate annual production capacity of 5,000 tonnes, the first phase of construction will allow for the production of 2,500 tonnes/year of the Therban-branded synthetic rubber. The plant is expected to begin operations in the third quarter of 2025.

“Arlanxeo continues to invest in high-growth markets, and today we are delighted to announce our plans for a new Therban plant in China. This announcement marks a significant step toward meeting the growing global demand for advanced synthetic rubber products,” said Stephan van Santbrink, CEO, Arlanxeo.

Arlanxeo produces and markets HNBR grades under the Therban brand. It is said to be renowned for its resilience to extreme temperatures, chemicals, and abrasion, and is widely used in demanding applications in automotive systems, oil exploration, mechanical engineering, aerospace, and batteries for new mobility solutions.

“Arlanxeo’s new Therban plant in Changzhou will allow us to serve the growing market demand for HNBR with high-quality, locally produced synthetic rubber. We look forward to collaborating with our customers and business partners as we continue to explore the considerable application potential of Therban,” said Hong Sun, Managing Director, Arlanxeo China.