Styron has announced that it will be doubling its Solution Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SSBR) production capacity, after reaching an agreement with material supplier JSR to acquire its current production capacity rights at Styron’s world-scale rubber production hub in Schkopau, Germany.
SSBR is used in the production of high performance tyres and green tyres with lower rolling resistance.
Styron’s Schkopau production site currently hosts eight world-scale rubber trains. Prior to this agreement, JSR held the capacity rights to 50% of one of Styron’s three SSBR production trains in Schkopau. As a result, as of April 1, 2014 Styron will have full capacity rights to the train.
Styron says that the move forms part of its plan to expand on its current rubber offering.
“This agreement allows us to further grow our rubber business in a very economical and timely manner. The investment builds on the success of the third SSBR train in Schkopau which we brought on-line in 2012. Styron invests continuously in R&D and production capacity to ensure customer success,” said Marco Levi, Senior Vice President and Business President of Emulsion Polymers, Styron.
“We are a clear technology leader in functionalised SSBR, continually putting forward breakthrough products that allow our tire customers to meet their goals. With this additional capacity we will be able to react faster to our customer’s needs, and at the same time the production line can be leveraged to produce our next generation grades,” said Francesca Reverberi, Business Director for Rubber, Styron.