With a nameplate capacity to produce 200 kilotonnes per annum (ktpa) of elastomers, the JV facility is Versalis’ first industrial production operation in Asia.
Production includes EPDM, solution-styrene butadiene rubber and butadiene rubber, though Versalis did not give specific capacity details for these polymers.
The production streams are being targeted mainly at the tire and automotive-parts industries, styrenic-polymer modification and technical goods.
Based on Versalis’ production technology, the elastomers facility is integrated into Lotte Chemical’s petrochemicals complex for feedstock-supply and related industrial facilities.
Construction was said to have been completed in a “record time” of 26 months with the engineering project carried out to “advanced” European standards.