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Nexen to supply OE tires for models of Skoda Auto

SEOUL, South Korea—Nexen Tire Corp. said it will supply tires for the Octavia and Rapid models of Skoda Auto, Czech's leading car maker and part of the Volkswagen Group.

The OE tires will be supplied for the Octavia and Rapid models manufactured at the plant in Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Republic and destined for the European market, with the models fitted with Nexen N'blue HD tires.

The Octavia is the best-selling model of Skoda Auto and represents some 30 percent of the car maker's total sales. It also ranked first in terms of sales among import cars in Germany. The Rapid is the first model to feature Skoda's new brand design and is a major strategic model.

Sibur increases Russian butyl rubber capacity

TOLYATTI, Russia—Tolyattikauchuk, a subsidiary of Russian petrochemicals giant and synthetic rubber producer Sibur, has commissioned a third butyl rubber separation line, expanding its production capacity from 48 to 53 kilotons per year.

The new line is part of an investment project to upgrade the butyl rubber production facility, increasing its design capacity, improving equipment reliability and reducing environmental impact.

The automated butyl rubber production line developed by Welding of Switzerland includes extruders, dryers, molding machines, a conveyor belt and other equipment.

The new line will adopt Tolyattikauchuk's existing butyl rubber production technology with its unique solution polymerization method.

Lanxess marks anniversary of butyl plant in Belgium

COLOGNE—Lanxess A.G. celebrated the 50th anniversary of its butyl rubber plant in Zwijndrecht, Belgium, last month with the visit of board member Rainier van Roessel.

With 163 employees and three reactors, the plant had an initial capacity of 30,000 tons. Capacity now stands at 150,000 tons.

The Lanxess Group invested more than $341 million in Zwijndrecht for capacity growth as well as in a new energy plant and two pilot plants.

Investments not only were made in production and efficiency, but also to enhance the firm's sustainability. One major project was construction of a new energy plant.