Styrolution fuels R&D with launch of SBC pilot plant
Frankfurt, Germany – February 4, 2015 – Committed to enhancing global supply security while amplifying R&D capabilities, Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, recently launched a pilot styrene-butadiene copolymer (SBC) plant in Antwerp. The new plant will produce all of Styrolution's SBC grades and includes capabilities for the processing of other polymer types.
An identical but scaled-down version of the larger production SBC plant (65 kt) in Antwerp, the pilot plant will be used to conduct R&D experiments, empowering customers to more easily and efficiently produce sufficient amounts of materials for in-house analysis and product testing. Additionally, the pilot plant will support daily commercial plant operations and will help to enhance specialty styrenics, such as Styrolux and Styroflex.
Marcela Villegas, Director of Product Management, Transparent Specialties, Styrolution: "Specialty styrenics are essential to those customers –who rely on them to deliver product excellence and exceptional value. They are also core to our growth strategy. The development of this pilot plant not only allows us to benefit our customers through continual product improvement, but also empowers our customers to experience, test and implement the value inherent to Styrolution's specialty materials – helping them to better and more quickly develop and deliver the products their consumers demand."
Norbert Niessner, Global Head of Research and Development, Styrolution: "Innovation and entrepreneurial drive are central to Styrolution's DNA – and this spirit extends into our approach to production. Given the R&D possibilities enabled by the SBC pilot plant, Styrolution is able to take our approach to collaborative innovation to a new level."
Rudy Verstraeten, SBC Pilot Plant Project Leader, Styrolution: "We are very excited to further enhance Styrolution's global supply availability and R&D capabilities with the development and launch of this plant. This plant was developed in response to our customers' need for greater opportunities to test and experiment with our styrenic solutions. By implementing this unique solution to scaling production, we are also helping our customers identify new solutions to meet their industry's trends and needs."
ABOUT INEOS STYROLUTION
INEOS Styrolution is the leading, global styrenics supplier with a focus on styrene monomer, polystyrene, ABS Standard and styrenic specialties. With world-class production facilities and more than 85 years of experience, INEOS Styrolution helps its customers succeed by offering the best possible solution, designed to give them a competitive edge in their markets. The company provides styrenic applications for many everyday products across a broad range of industries, including automotive, electronics, household, construction, healthcare, toys/sports/leisure, and packaging. In 2015, sales were at 5 billion euros. INEOS Styrolution employs approximately 3,100 people and operates 15 production sites in nine countries.
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