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Lubrizol celebrates TPU expansion at Avon Lake site

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On 24 May Lubrizol Corp. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the successful start-up of a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) capacity expansion in Avon Lake, Ohio, US.

The expansion is intended to support the company's Engineered Polymers business and product lines including Estane® TPU and others, and reflect Lubrizol’s anticipating demand for speciality polymers and compounds to grow at double digit rates.

Nearly US$30 million was invested at the Avon Lake site, and 15 local jobs are expected to be created.

Bill Snyder, who sponsored the project as Global Operations Director for Lubrizol Engineered Polymers, commented:

"I've seen a lot of projects in 30 years and this was, by far, the best, because of the combination of deep experience in process technology, engineering, manufacturing know-how, applications expertise, teamwork, focus and accountability. Today is a fitting celebration for success delivered, without compromise."

Jian-Wei Dong, General Manager of Lubrizol Engineered Polymers, remarked:

"Lubrizol has been recognised as a market leader since its invention of TPU for commercial use in 1959. Our staged investments, from acquisitions to continued expansion of this important manufacturing site, demonstrate our long-term commitment to innovation, the markets we serve and supporting customer growth. The added capabilities ensure we deliver world class quality and with more sustainable manufacturing practices."

Mike Vaughn, Vice President of Operations, HSES and Supply Chain for Lubrizol Corp., said:

"These investments, the new capabilities, our continued focus on process automation and operational excellence ensure the integrity of our products and improve the safety, reliability and yield at our plant and, in turn, our contribution to the community. These are critical components to Lubrizol's core beliefs and philosophy."

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