Sibur opens second Russian polystyrene production line


Sibur has officially launched the second phase of its Alphapor expandable polystyrene production line at its production site in Perm, Russia.

"The Alphapor insulation is also expected to reduce energy consumption by up to 40%, according to the company."

The new line, which has the capacity to produce 50,000tpa of EPS, has also increased the company's aggregate polystyrene to 100,000tpa.

Sibur, with the launch of second production line, has completed its styrene production chain in Perm, which consists of ethylbenzene, styrene and EPS lines.

The company has invested more than RUB4.1bn ($130m) for the EPS production line.

Licensed by Austro-Norwegian company Sunpor, Alphapor EPS technology can be used in energy-efficient building insulation, permanent shuttering, packaging for household appliances and food products.

The Alphapor insulation is also expected to reduce energy consumption by up to 40%, according to the company.

Sibur CEO Dmitry Konov said the company will work to achieve upgradation and capacity expansion across its production chain, from the processing of associated petroleum gas to production of polymers.

''Experience of the Western Europe and the US shows that expandable polystyrene has great potential in energy-efficient insulation in the housing and utilities industry, and we hope that this potential will be fully unlocked in Russia,'' Konov added.