SINGAPORE (Oct. 18, 2010)—Asahi Kasei Chemicals has said it will construct a plant to produce solution-polymerised styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) in Singapore. The products are targeted directly at high-performance tires.
The first phase, due on stream in June 2013, will be 50,000 metric tons per year, and a second phase, expected on stream in the first half of 2015, will double that. The plant will be located in the Tembusu district of Jurong Island, Singapore.
Asahi Kasei operates a 105,000-metric-ton-per-year solution polymerization plant in Kawasaki, Japan and a joint venture plant in Oita, Japan with total capacity of 35,000 metric tons per year.
The Oita plant is run by Japan Elastomer Co., Ltd., which is a 75-25 joint venture between Asahi Kasei Chemicals (75) and Showa Denko K.K. (25).
All three plants—including the new Singapore unit—can produce S-SBR or polybutadiene rubber or even styrenic block copolymers.
Asahi Kasei Chemicals has expanded synthetic rubber operations as a field of strategic global expansion with a key focus on S-SBR for fuel-efficient high-performance tires. With its new S-SBR plant in Singapore, Asahi Kasei Chemicals will study further supply expansions while developing higher-quality and higher-performance products to meet both growing demand and heightening customer requirements, the company said.