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Foster Wheeler awarded EPCm contract for Lanxess’ EPDM plant in China  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland; www.fwc.com) says that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCm) contract by Lanxess Changzhou Co. for a new ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber plant to be built at the Changzhou Yangtze Riverside Industrial Park at Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, in the People’s Republic of China. Foster Wheeler is currently executing the front-end engineering design (FEED) for this facility. The Foster Wheeler contract value for this project was not disclosed and was included in the company’s third-quarter 2012 bookings. The new facility will be designed to produce 160,000 metric tons per annum of EPDM rubber. The plant is expected to start up in 2015. Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) says that this new plant, which it describes as the largest EPDM rubber facility in the world, is its largest investment in China to date. EPDM is used primarily in the automotive industry as door sealants or windscreen wipers. It is also used in the plastics modification, cable and wire, construction and oil additives industries.    
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