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EPDM Rubber
EPDM Rubber
EPDM Rubber
(CH2CH2)n(CH2CHCH3)m(Diene)o, where Diene is usually dicyclopendadiene, ethylidiene nobornene, or 1,4 hexadiene.

About EPDM Rubber. EPDM Rubber (a.k.a. Ethylene Propylene Diene Rubber) is an organic compound, in the (ter)polymer/elastomer class. It is derived from ethylene, propylene, and small amounts of a nonconjugated diene as third monomer. Having a completely saturated polymer backbone, this random elastomeric copolymer combines interesting features including excellent weathering stability and heat resistance, good insulating properties and good resistance to chemicals, moisture and steam. EPDM has excellent ozone resistance, in comparison with natural rubber and its synthetic substitutes, such as SBR (styrene–butadiene rubber), BR (butadiene rubber) and IR (isoprene rubber). These features make EPDM a versatile synthetic rubber, with several applications in the automotive industry, in the construction industry and as a plastic modifier.

Commercial-scale production of EPDM are mainly based on solution and suspension polymerization processes. The polymerization conditions determine the structure of the polymer obtained, mainly characterized by ethylene: propene ratio, monomer sequence distribution, molar mass and molar mass distribution, content and type of the diene. In this context, EPDM rubbers are produced in different grades by each manufacturer according to the specialty applications targeted, in such a way that it is not standardized as general-purpose rubbers. Its ethylene percentage can vary between 15-85%. It may be produced in different physical forms, from solid to friable bales, pellets and granular forms and oil blends.

EPDM Rubber Handling. EPDM rubber is not flammable and very little toxic, although it should be kept away from heat sources, since it might decompose into ethylene and propylene, extremely flammable gases. The rubber is generally shipped in boxes containing bales of 25 to 34 kg, multiunits of bales, or bags of pellets for certain semicrystalline grades. Rubber processors prefer loosely packed bales, whereas plastic blenders prefer pellets.

EPDM Rubber Production. EPDM production consists in the copolymerization of ethylene, propylene and a diene, in such a way that different EPDM manufacturing routes are related to different sources of such raw materials. In this context, typical EPDM production routes are based on ethylene manufacturing (via steam cracking of paraffinic hydrocarbons) and alpha-olefins by-product of petroleum refining. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of EPDM Rubber are listed below.

  • Ethylene + propylene + third monomer (solution process),
  • Ethylene + propylene + third monomer (slurry process),
  • Ethylene + propylene + third monomer (gas-phase process)

EPDM Rubber Uses.The uses and applications of EPDM Rubber may vary according to its specification. The main forms of EPDM Rubber are ethylene content varying between 15% and 85%.

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EPDM Rubber Price Outlook. The price of EPDM Rubber (United States) decreased during April 2019 to 1,780 USD per metric ton, which represents a decline of 5% compared to the previous month’s value. On a year-over-year basis, the prices of EPDM Rubber (United States) decreased significantly by 10%. Meanwhile, the average price of EPDM Rubber (China) amounted to 1,960 USD per metric ton, from 2,160 USD per metric ton one year earlier. On a month-over-month basis, the price of EPDM Rubber (China) is 2% lower than the price one month before.

The price of EPDM Rubber (Southeast Asia) rose slightly throughout April 2019, reaching 2,510 USD per metric ton.  The price is 0.4% higher than the average price in the previous month and 3% lower than the average price one year before. In contrast, the prices of EPDM Rubber (Europe) decreased modestly during April 2019, reaching 2,150 USD per metric ton, which means a decline of 2% from the previous month’s price and a decline of 9% from the previous year’s price. 

About EPDM Rubber. EPDM Rubber (a.k.a. Ethylene Propylene Diene Rubber) is an organic compound, in the (ter)polymer/elastomer class. It is derived from ethylene, propylene, and small amounts of a nonconjugated diene as third monomer. Having a completely saturated polymer backbone, this random elastomeric copolymer combines interesting features including excellent weathering stability and heat resistance, good insulating properties and good resistance to chemicals, moisture and steam. EPDM has excellent ozone resistance, in comparison with natural rubber and its synthetic substitutes, such as SBR (styrene–butadiene rubber), BR (butadiene rubber) and IR (isoprene rubber). These features make EPDM a versatile synthetic rubber, with several applications in the automotive industry, in the construction industry and as a plastic modifier.

Commercial-scale production of EPDM are mainly based on solution and suspension polymerization processes. The polymerization conditions determine the structure of the polymer obtained, mainly characterized by ethylene: propene ratio, monomer sequence distribution, molar mass and molar mass distribution, content and type of the diene. In this context, EPDM rubbers are produced in different grades by each manufacturer according to the specialty applications targeted, in such a way that it is not standardized as general-purpose rubbers. Its ethylene percentage can vary between 15-85%. It may be produced in different physical forms, from solid to friable bales, pellets and granular forms and oil blends.

EPDM Rubber Handling. EPDM rubber is not flammable and very little toxic, although it should be kept away from heat sources, since it might decompose into ethylene and propylene, extremely flammable gases. The rubber is generally shipped in boxes containing bales of 25 to 34 kg, multiunits of bales, or bags of pellets for certain semicrystalline grades. Rubber processors prefer loosely packed bales, whereas plastic blenders prefer pellets.

EPDM Rubber Production. EPDM production consists in the copolymerization of ethylene, propylene and a diene, in such a way that different EPDM manufacturing routes are related to different sources of such raw materials. In this context, typical EPDM production routes are based on ethylene manufacturing (via steam cracking of paraffinic hydrocarbons) and alpha-olefins by-product of petroleum refining. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of EPDM Rubber are listed below.

  • Ethylene + propylene + third monomer (solution process),
  • Ethylene + propylene + third monomer (slurry process),
  • Ethylene + propylene + third monomer (gas-phase process)

EPDM Rubber Uses.The uses and applications of EPDM Rubber may vary according to its specification. The main forms of EPDM Rubber are ethylene content varying between 15% and 85%.

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