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Russian President attends SIBUR's commissioning of TPE unit at Voronezh

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the commissioning ceremony of Sibur’s styrene butadiene styrene thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) unit at Voronezh on Thursday. The 50,000 m.t./year unit is based on technology licensed from Taiwan Synthetic Rubber Corp. (Taipei). The event was also attended by Minister for Economic Development Andrey Belousov, Governor of the Voronezh region Alexey Gordeev, and Leonid Mikhelson, chairman of Sibur and the major shareholder in the company, as well as Dmitry Konov, Sibur’s CEO.

The new facility will help meet rising domestic demand for TPEs. Currently the Voronezh site, which already produces 35,000 m.t./year of TPEs, is the only maker of these products in Russia and the CIS. Sibur’s biggest TPE customers include Gazprom Neft and TechnoNICOL. Sibur also exports some of the output to European countries, including Germany, Italy and France.

Thermoplastic elastomers are used to produce polymer-modified asphalt cements, used in road surface construction and greatly improve the crack, heat, shear, water and frost resistance of roads. Their use extends the time between repairs from 3 to 10 years and adds just 1% to construction costs, the company says. Polymer-modified asphalt cements represent a considerable growth opportunity in Russia. Domestic consumption of polymer-modified asphalt cements grew by a factor of 5.6 between 2009-12 and increased the share in the domestic asphalt cement market from 1-3% over 3 years, but Russia is lagging behind other countries, such as Germany where this ratio exceeds 30%. Styrene-butadiene thermoplastic elastomers are also used to produce roof coatings, composite materials, shoes, grouts, adhesives and sealants.

“The global road construction industry has recognised the value of polymers for many years. The Russian government is currently exploring ways to improve the quality of Russian roads by encouraging the use of innovative materials, including looking at amending laws and regulations. Our new modern facility has been reconfigured to meet the increase in demand for polymer products from road builders,” Dmitry Konov said.

The TPE project was launched in July 2011, with investment amounting to 4.5 billion Russian ruble ($143.3 million). Soyuzkhimproekt (Kazan) was the general design contractor and Promstroy (Nyagan) the general contractor.

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