SCHKOPAU, Germany—Poland's Synthos S.A. plans to restart production of butadiene rubber at its factory in Schkopau in March as the synthetic rubber producer looks to help the industry meet unmet demand.
Synthos started recommissioning work on the German factory in the first half of 2022 as there was a shortage of butadiene rubber, particularly in the tire industry, the firm said in a Jan. 30 news release.
The factory was closed in 2020 by its former owner, Trinseo S.A. Synthos acquired the Schkopau operation when it purchased the synthetic rubber assets of Trinseo in a nearly $400 million deal that closed in December 2021.
That operation also brought Synthos 130,000 metric tons of annual capacity for emulsion SBR, along with 200,000 tons of solution SBR.
Synthos officials told Rubber News last year that once production of BR is resumed in Schkopau, that will make 30,000 tons a year of the material available to the market. A debottlenecking project at the company's facility in Kralupy, Czech Republic, expanded output of its neodymium butadiene rubber there by 20,000 tons.