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23. April 2009

DSM Elastomers increases Sarlink capacity

DSM Elastomers announced, that it has officially opened a new production facility for Sarlink Thermoplastic Vulcanisates (TPV) in Genk, Belgium. The new plant will double Sarlink’s global capacity of TPV material.

Sarlink Business Unit Director and President David Huizing says: “The TPV market is growing at rates beyond GDP growth, and Sarlink is growing much faster than that. Some customers may have noticed this in 2007, when we were short in capacity. We believe TPV is a technology-driven product. This is true for process technology, building a credible product portfolio with consistent quality, and development of new applications.

“An important trend in the TPV industry is that these application development activities are moving from the value chain to materials suppliers. Sarlink has made significant investments in application development facilities and resources, which are crucial for the successful conversion of other materials to TPV.”

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