Sustainable elastomer solutions for future mobility

A presentation by Niels van der Aar, Strategy Projects Manager Focus area Sustainability at ARLANXEO.

This presentation will highlight specific rubber developments for sustainable mobility.
We all know for sure that drive technology will change! Various OEMs announced to stop new developments with respect to combustion engines and start accelerating developments related to hybrid, electrical and fuel cell driven vehicles.

These changes have a tremendous impact on the rubber industry. From the tires to the sealing systems. From hoses to anti-vibration parts. Batteries and fuel cells also require solutions using various elastomers. This presentation will describe several of the developments ARLANXEO is working on to support the automotive industry entering this new era.


Question 1: What drives you?
Climate change requires Action. Climate change requires Innovation. Climate change requires Change! Change drives me!

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
Delegates will hear an enthusiastic presentation and learn about the latest rubber developments for sustainable mobility!

Question 3: What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
The Paris climate agreement and related regulations plus CO2 taxes will drive the industry to develop sustainable solutions with lower and neutral CO2 emissions. For ARLANXEO the automotive sector is the major market. The drive to electrical vehicles is a clear trend and will have a tremendous effect on the rubber industry in general and for ARLANXEO in particular.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
From everyone in the value chain a contribution will be expected to lower the CO2 emissions and support the development of new drive trains.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
To reach the targets everyone in the value chain needs to work together. Consortia are being started and dialogues between suppliers and customers organized. But with respect to reporting of Scope 3 CO2 emissions we are just at the beginning.

About Niels van der Aar
Recently Niels van der Aar is appointed as Strategy Projects Manager with focus area Sustainability. Niels obtained his PhD at the University of Twente in the Netherlands in 1998. Main topic of his thesis was rubber to metal bonding. In 1998 Niels joined the Keltan EPDM business group at DSM. He started in technical service and product development. Since than he held various positions like Global Lab Manager, Product & Quality Manager, Head Technical Service & Application Development and Business Development Manager EPDM & NBR rubber.

In 2011 LANXESS acquired the business group Keltan EPDM from DSM. And in 2016 the synthetic elastomers became part of ARLANXEO, which started as a Joint Venture between LANXESS and Saudi Aramco. Since December 31st, 2018, ARLANXEO is a 100% subsidiary of Saudi Aramco.

Niels is working in principle from the ARLANXEO office in Geleen, the Netherlands. But now a lot from home in Roermond. He is married and has 2 beautiful children. And in his free time, he is International official at Athletics events.

ARLANXEO is one of the world’s largest producers of synthetic rubber and a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, a leading producer of energy and chemicals. ARLANXEO develops, produces and markets high-performance rubbers with sales of around EUR 3 billion in 2019 with a presence of more than 12 production sites in 9 countries, and 7 innovation centers around the world. Its products are used for a wide range of applications: from the automotive and tire industries to the electrical, construction and oil and gas industries.

Headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands, we have established a state-of-the-art, competitive production infrastructure with production network spanning four continents. Our world-scale plants produce efficiently, flexibly and sustainably – in Europe, Asia, North and South America.

Niels van der Aar is speaker at the 2021 edition of the Materials 4 Sustainable Mobility Conference.

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