Voronezh, 12 February 2019. SIBUR has decided to launch an investment project aimed at enhancing polybutadiene rubber (Nd-BR) production efficiency at its Voronezh facility (Voronezhsintezkauchuk). The project will involve a large-scale upgrade to boost operational efficiency of the existing facility and ensure a consistently high quality of the manufactured goods. A 13 ktpa capacity ramp-up will increase total capacity to 48 ktpa and enable the Company to meet the strong demand for Nd-BR in the target markets of the CIS and Europe.

Currently, the project is at the design stage, with completion slated for 2021.

NIPIgaspererabotka, a leading Russian centre for facility design, supply, logistics and construction, was selected as the general designer for the project. Russian contractors will also be engaged for the construction and commissioning works.

In addition to boasting enhanced durability and wear resistance, Nd-BR is an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient grade, which guarantees a better quality of rubber products, does not contain harmful oligomers and can be used as an up-and-coming feedstock for the production of eco-friendly tires. In 2018, Nd-BR rubber from SUBUR’s Voronezh facility won a prize at the XXI Voronezh Quality contest (regional stage of the 100 Best Goods of Russia nationwide competition) in the nomination for Industrial and Technical Goods.