SINGAPORE: Sumitomo planning solution-SBR plant to meet Asia's rapid growth demand

Sumitomo Chemical said it has decided to construct a new 40,000 tons/year solution styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) production facility on Jurong Island, Singapore.

The project, being built to meet the "rapid growth demand” in Asia, is expected to start commercial operations in the fourth quarter of 2013 and will use Sumitomo technology.

Sumitomo chose Singapore as the location of the new plant "because of its geographic  advantage in supplying the growing Asian markets and a secured stable supply of the raw material butadiene, which is likely in tight supply, as well as easy access to existing businesses of the Sumitomo Chemical Group in Singapore that can be leveraged effectively.”(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)