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Styron commissions S-SBR plant in Germany

7:48 AM MDT | October 15, 2012 | Natasha Alperowicz

Styron today held an official opening ceremony for its solution styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) plant at Schkopau, Germany. The company was joined by Reiner Haseloff, minister-president of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany; and other dignitaries at the event. The new line adds 50,000 m.t./year capacity at Schkopau. This world-scale unit will begin operation today and will supply Styron’s tire customers around the world, the company says.
Marco Levi, Styron’s v.p. and general manager/emulsion polymers, says the new line marks the continuation of Styron’s growth in the rubber business, with the most recent expansion in 2009, when the company brought another new S-SBR train onstream. “S-SBR is a valued and strategic business within Styron and is core to the company’s growth plans. Since the company’s formation, the rubber business has been the top recipient of new capital investment,” he says.

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