13 February 2012

Sumitomo plans extra plant to cater to high S-SBR demand

Sumitomo Chemical - which broke ground this week on its latest Singapore investment, a US$120 million synthetic rubber plant - is already planning an additional plant to meet fast-growing demand for its solution styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR). This is because 'S-SBR is seeing rapid demand growth as a raw material for high-performance, fuel- efficient tyres amid increasingly strict worldwide regulations on automobile fuel consumption', it said. Construction of its 40,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) S-SBR plant in Merbau sector of Jurong Island started last month, with the project scheduled for completion in June 2013.

(The Business Times, 08 Feb 12)