Corrected: Asahi Kasei eyes H1 '15 commercial ops at S-SBR line

11 July 2013 06:38  [Source: ICIS news]

Correction: In the ICIS story headlined “Asahi Kasei eyes H2 '15 commercial ops at 2nd Singapore S-SBR line” dated 11 July 2013, please read in the first paragraph…in the first half of 2015…instead of…in the second half of 2015. A corrected story follows.

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan's Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corp expects to begin commercial production at its second solution-polymerised styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) line in Singapore in the first half of 2015, a company official said on Thursday.

Construction of the second 50,000 tonne/year line in Jurong Island – at the same site as the company's first S-SBR line – started in April this year, said Hirosi Yoshida, general manager of Asahi Kasei's synthetic rubber division, at the sidelines of the company's opening ceremony for the S-SBR plant in Singapore.

S-SBR is used in the production of fuel-efficient, high performance tyres.

The S-SBR plant in Singapore is Asahi Kasei's first outside Japan.

Asahi Kasei Chemicals operates a 105,000 tonne/year S-SBR plant at its Kawasaki Works in Japan as well as a 35,000 tonne/year unit in Oita.

Once the two lines in the Singapore plant are fully operational, the company's global production capacity of S-SBR will stand at 240,000 tonnes/year, Yoshida said.

The company aims to boost its S-SBR capacity by another 100,000 tonnes/year by around 2020, Yoshida said, adding that a possibility of a second overseas plant is being studied.

A decision on overseas capacity expansion has yet to be finalised, Yoshida said.

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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