ERJ staff report (DS)
Beijing -- China says its synthetic rubber industry is now the world's biggest. A meeting of the governing body of the China Synthetic Rubber Industry Association said China, at the end of 2011, has capacity to make 3.33 million tonnes of synthetic rubber. Of this, 520,000 tonnes was brought on stream this year.
The data was presented by China Synthetic Rubber Industry Association executive director Hu Jie at the meeting in Xi'an on 8, 9 November. Hu Jie said productivity is also the world's highest. China expects the output from these plants to total 2.7 million tonnes in 2011.
By the end of the current 5-year plan, capacity is set to reach 6 million tonnes. However, Qi Yun Tong Secretary General of synthetic rubber federation said the supply of isoprene and butadiene monomers may restrict further growth, and creating increased supply of these monomers is a high priority for the industry.
Qi Yun Tong also said there is an urgent need for more capacity for solution-SBR in the country, as tyre makers begin to make more energy-efficient tyres. In addition, he called for more butyl rubber and on the non-tyre side, more EPDM, nitrile and HNBR capacity
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