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Thursday, 9 February 2017

ARLANXEO opens new Keltan quality lab in Netherlands

MAASTRICHT/GELEEN, NETHERLANDS: ARLANXEO Holding BV said it is strengthening the competitive position of its global EPDM business in the ongoing challenging market environment, while at the same time optimizing its global footprint. For this it has opened a manufacturing quality control laboratory at the Chemelot site in Geleen, The Netherlands. The new 250 m2 facility is located beside the ARLANXEO Keltan EPDM plant. It is directly connected to the control room, which makes it possible to implement changes driven by test results immediately in the plant’s operations.
Laboratory staff will carry out a full range of tests on the Keltan EPDM product, including all industry standards such as Mooney and gel tests. Until now, these production quality tests have been carried out by external resources.
The opening of the new Q-Laboratory comes as ARLANXEO marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of Keltan EPDM. Keltan has a global footprint with plants in every strategic region with the ability to serve customers with premium products locally.
Opening the new Q-Laboratory, Christian Widdershoven, head of Keltan® elastomers and managing director ARLANXEO Netherlands BV said: “This year, Keltan EPDM is marking its 50th anniversary. We are proud of the product’s unrivalled track record and globally recognised high quality standards, established here in Geleen.
“The opening of this new facility underlines the importance we place on ongoing quality and demonstrates our commitment to this product site.”
“We are preparing for the future by developing a more sustainable EPDM production technology. Key examples include the use of Keltan ACE™ catalyst technology, and the recent introduction of Keltan® Eco EPDM grades, the world’s first EPDM rubber based on bio-ethylene,” he concluded.

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