VORONEZH, Russia (June 19, 2009)—Voronezhsintezkauchuk J.S.C. has converted part of its polybutadiene rubber production to neodymium catalysts and has started making solution-SBR.
At present, rubber samples are being examined by potential customers. The plant in Voronezh, Russia, is part of the Sibur conglomerate.
Voronezhsintezkauchuk's total butadiene rubber capacity will still total 160,000 metric tons but 70,000 of that has now been converted to the new technology.
The plant might completely convert all production to the new materials, should demand justify the investment, the company said.
This initial conversion represented an investment of about $25.5 million. Most technology solutions were implemented by the plant's R&D centers. Energy costs fell by 5-7 percent as one of the project's economic benefits.