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Styron: New SSBR production line in Schkopau

By Gerald Ondrey |

Styron (www.styron.com) today announced that the company will expand its SSBR (solution styrene butadiene rubber) capacity with a new production line at Styron’s production facility in Schkopau, Germany. The additional capacity of 50,000 metric tons (m.t.) will allow Styron to help customers around the world meet the increasing demand for high performance tires.  SSBR is a synthetic rubber used in a wide variety of applications, including the production of tires. The major trend in tires is towards low rolling resistance, which significantly contributes to improving fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions. SSBR in high performance tires allows for an optimum performance balance of improved wet grip, high abrasion resistance, low road noise, light weight and low rolling resistance, resulting in better fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. This evolution in tire technology is accelerated by strict European environmental legislation. Mandatory performance labeling of tires, including a maximum rolling resistance, will be formally introduced in 2012 and car manufacturers already face CO2 emissions targets. In addition, consumer incentives are expected to drive growth of low rolling resistance tires. As a result, the demand…
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