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Thermoplastic Elastomers Thermoplastic Elastomers Production in Russia

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Sibur builds a new thermoplastic elastomers production facility in Voronezh, South-West Russia. These elastomers are a sought after product for durable concrete tarmac, especially in regions with strong winter frosts.

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Polymer production at Sibur's Voronezhsite. The Russian company plans to expand the sites production to 50,000 tons of TPE per year. (Picture: Sibur)
Polymer production at Sibur's Voronezhsite. The Russian company plans to expand the sites production to 50,000 tons of TPE per year. (Picture: Sibur)

Voronezh/Russian Federation – Sibur builds a new additives production in South-West Russia. The company plans to invest around Rubles 3.8 billion for a future production capacity of 50,000 tons butadiene-styrene thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) per year at the Voronezhsintezkauchuk complex.

Voronezhsintezkauchuk, with a production capacity of 35,000 tons per year, is currently Russia's only TPE producer. Nevertheless, the production capacity is not sufficient to meet the Russian domestic demand for additives.

The opening ceremony of the construction site was attended by the Deputy Premier of the Voronezh Region Dmitry Markov, who is also the Head of the Department of Industry, Transport, Communication and Innovation, Sibur's Senior Executive Vice-President Vladimir Razumov, and Vice-President Andrei Zhvakin. Construction is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012.

Polymers like TPE are used in the production of polymer-bituminous concrete pavement, one of the elements in a road’s upper layer. The use of this product increases the overhaul life of asphalt pavement from 3–4 years to 7–10 years, significantly increasing the crack resistance, heat resistance, shear buckling resistance, as well as water and frost resistance of roads.

"World practice has long ago proven the effectiveness of polymers in modern road construction. We hope that, thanks to such a production approach, the quality of road surfaces in our country will continue to improve, and that the Voronezh Region will receive a powerful impetus for further development," stated Razumov. "We are grateful to the Voronezh Region authorities for governmental support of investment projects aimed at boosting employment, increasing the tax base, and reducing the national economy’s dependence on imports with respect to key innovative products."

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