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Asahi Kasei Starts Solution SBR Plant for Producing High-performance Tires in Singapore

SpecialChem / Jun 30, 2011

Asahi Kasei Chemicals, recently held a groundbreaking ceremony in Jurong Island, Singapore, for the first phase of construction of a new plant to produce solution-polymerized styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR).

S-SBR is a synthetic rubber which enables the production of tires that provide greater fuel efficiency while maintaining safety performance. With tightening environmental regulations and heightening environmental awareness, demand for high-performance tires which provide improved fuel efficiency is growing throughout the world and demand for S-SBR which is therefore growing briskly. At the same time, the overall market for tire rubber in Asia is expanding as rapid motorization continues and tire production increasingly shifts to the region.

Kasei Chemicals is expanding S-SBR operations as strategic world-leading business, with the new plant in Singapore representing a major step in diversifying its operation base for enhanced stability of supply to meet growing demand and customer needs.

About S-SBR

Styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) is a synthetic copolymer consisting of styrene and butadiene, produced either by emulsion polymerization or solution polymerization. Depending on which production process is used, it is classified as either emulsion-polymerized styrene-butadiene rubber (E-SBR) or solution-polymerized styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR). Whereas E-SBR is used mainly for standard-grade tires, S-SBR has become the focus of increasing attention for its essential function of enhancing tire performance. S-SBR is now increasingly used for fuel-efficient high-performance tires.

Being an optimal material for improving the balance of performance characteristics including abrasion resistance, safety, and fuel efficiency the modified S-SBR produced by Asahi Kasei Chemicals using its continuous polymerization process is widely recognized among tire manufacturers around the world.

About Asahi Kasei

Asahi Kasei provides innovative solutions based in chemistry and materials science to a diverse range of markets including fibers, chemicals, consumer products, housing, construction, electronics, and health care. With consolidated sales of some US$10 billion, it is a Fortune Global 500 enterprise with twenty-five thousand employees and one hundred consolidated subsidiaries. The operating configuration comprises seven core operating companies as autonomous business units specialized in separate business fields. Asahi Kasei Corporation, as the parent company, functions as a holding company for group operations. An Independent Businesses Group provides group services.

Source: Asahi Kasei

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