ERJ staff report (DS)
Beijing - China aims to develop its own solution-SBR technology to further the development of 'green' tyres.
According to a report from China Petrochemical News published on the website of the China Rubber Industry Association, China lags far behind world manufacturing practices in terms of consumption of S-SBR. A significant factor is the cost of imported S-SBR, said the report.
Emphasis is being placed on existing producers of styrenic block co-polymers, which already use a solution process and styrene and butadiene monomers. In particular Baling Petrochemical has made tonne quantities of a trial S-SBR which is claimed to be equivalent to imported grades. The report did not note the catalyst used in this technology.
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