Bio-based EPDM elastomer targets fluid applications


Responding to increasingly stringent emissions standards and the push for sustainability solutions, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies has developed an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) elastomer compound based on sugarcane feedstock.

The bio-renewable thermoset elastomer, for which development began in 2012, is made from a polymer produced via a process that begins with sugarcane. A sugarcane-derived ethanol raw material is converted into ethylene which forms a substantial portion of the base polymer. The sugarcane base allows the material to be 45 percent bio-renewable.

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