Japan’s JSR Corp completes S-SBR expansion at Yokkaichi

16 December 2011 12:10  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japanese chemical producer JSR Corp has completed its 35,000 tonne/year capacity expansion of solution-styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) at Yokkaichi in Mie prefecture, Japan, and plans to start its operation this month, the company said on Friday.

However, JSR did not specify a specific date.

JSR’s S-SBR capacity at Yokkaichi has been now boosted to 60,000 tonnes/year from 25,000 tonnes/year, it said.

This has raised JSR’s global S-SBR capacity to 90,000 tonnes/year, including the 30,000 tonnes/year it gets from Styron Europe’s production facility in Schkopau, Germany, under a capacity rights agreement, the producer added.

JSR also plans to build SBR production lines with a capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year in Thailand, it said.

The first phase, to produce an initial 50,000 tonnes/year is scheduled to start up in 2013, while the second phase for the remaining 50,000 tonnes/year will commence in 2015, JSR said.

Demand for S-SBR, a high-performance synthetic rubber used for the production of tyres and other industrial products, has been increasing rapidly in Japan and Europe.

JSR’s existing S-SBR plant at Yokkaichi has been operating at full rate, the company said.

($1 = €0.77)

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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