Russian SR capacity to increase

By David Shaw, ERJ staff

Singapore — Nine capacity expansion projects for synthetic rubber are currently underway in the Russian Federation. Sergey Mikhaylov, head of marketing at Sibur LLC’s synthetic rubber unit said these affect polybutadiene, solution SBR; butyl rubber, isoprene rubber,  nitrile rubber and SBS thermoplastic elastomer.

Four of these are due to be completed during 2009. These include a new 40 kt project for S-SBR and a 50 kt expansion of SBS, bringing capacity to 85 kt/year at Voronezhsynthezkauchuk; a 55kt/year…

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