Butadiene Rubber Production Styron Boosts Styrene Butadiene Rubber Production
Styron has big plans for its synthetic rubber business: The company plans to expand the production capacity for Solution Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SSBR) at its world-scale rubber production hub in Schkopau, Germany.
Horgen/Switzerland – “This agreement allows us to further grow our rubber business in a very economical and timely manner. The investment builds on the success of the third SSBR train in Schkopau which we brought on-line in 2012. Styron invests continuously in R&D and production capacity to ensure customer success,” says Marco Levi, Senior Vice President and Business President of Emulsion Polymers, Styron.
The company had previously reached an agreement with material supplier JSR, to acquire its current production capacity rights at Schkopau. This Styron site in Eastern Germany hosts hosts eight world-scale rubber trains that supply tire customers around the world. Prior to this agreement, JSR held the capacity rights to 50% of one of Styron’s three SSBR production trains in Schkopau. As a result, as from April 1, 2014 Styron will have full capacity rights to this train, enabling it to increase its capabilities to serve the global tire market. As owner of the Schkopau rubber complex, Styron is uniquely positioned to capitalize on this expansion opportunity, which is strongly in line with its rubber business growth strategy, and is a cost-effective solution to meet increasing customer demands.
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