15 October 2012 15:51 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Styron has opened its new 50,000 tonne/year solution styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) production line in Schkopau, Germany, the global styrenics producer said on Monday.
The expansion, first announced in December 2010, takes into account the growing demand for high-performance tyres, which are produced with S-SBR.
The unit, which was built alongside existing lines, has the capability to produce all existing clear and oil extended Styron grades, the company said.
Financial details of the expansion were not disclosed.
Marco Levi, Styron’s vice president and general manager for emulsion polymers, said: “S-SBR is a valued and strategic business within Styron and is core to the company’s growth plans.”
“Since the company’s formation, the rubber business has been the top recipient of new capital investment,” he added.
Francesca Reverberi, business director for rubber at Styron, said: “There is a need for tyres with low rolling resistance combined with excellent wet grip and abrasion resistance in the tread.”
“Using S-SBR in the compounds is seen as a key enabling technology for delivering these three contradictory characteristics," Reverberi added.
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