Lanxess begins butadiene rubber plant construction in Singapore


German specialty chemicals company Lanxess has broken ground for its new neodymium-based performance butadiene rubber (Nd-PBR) plant located in Jurong Island, Singapore.

"The plant, which is expected to be on stream in the first half of 2015, will create 100 jobs, according to the company."

The €200m plant is expected to produce 140,000mtpa of Nd-PBR to serve the growing market for 'green', more economical tires, especially in Asia.

Lanxess management board chairman Axel Heitmann said Lanxess is bringing another rubber investment to Singapore.

"It is our company's focus on technology that makes it possible to reduce rolling resistance in tires and thus fuel consumption," Heitmann added.

"We are now moving from the age of tire design to the age of tire materials, which will make the difference in performance."

The plant will use butadiene supplied by Petrochemical Corporation of Singapore to produce Nd-PBR, while TP Utilities will provide steam for the new plant.

Foster Wheeler Asia Pacific will provide the needed engineering and construction services to the plant.

The plant, which is expected to be on stream in the first half of 2015, will create 100 jobs, according to the company.

Nd-PBR is used in the treads and sidewalls of 'green' tires to reduce the rolling resistance and increase their fuel efficiency.