Moscow, 4 June 2019. SIBUR, the largest integrated petrochemicals company in Russia, and Norner, a global leader in petrochemical R&D services, have signed an agreement to cooperate in product development and polymer recycling at SIBUR’s PolyLab.

Thanks to their durability, strength, eco-friendliness and other advantages, such polymers as polyethylene and polypropylene are some of the most widely used synthetic materials, popular with the construction, utilities, automotive, healthcare, food and other industries. PolyLab’s key priority is to promote the use of polymers both to manufacture existing products, and to design innovative product solutions to drive technological advancement in healthcare, consumer goods, automotive, and construction industries. PolyLab will foster the use of recycled materials and the application of polymers in circular economy. To this end, samples of new PE and PP grades will be transformed at the Centre's pilot manufacturing lines into pipes, medical goods, films, food packaging, canisters and other products. This will provide a deeper insight into polymers’ properties and their impact on the end product quality to further improve the materials and boost production efficiency.

A leader in R&D services in polymers, Norway’s Norner АS has many years of practical and theoretical experience in synthesising, modifying and recycling polymers and adapting to the needs of end customers. Norner has been working with SIBUR in several projects during the last seven years, reducing cost and promoting value added polymer grades.

Under the cooperation agreement, SIBUR and Norner will jointly develop new product solutions and optimise polymer stabilising formulas. These will include innovative green polymer grades, catalysis testing, as well as new chemical and technical recycling technologies.

“Partnering with Norner will take our polymer production to the next level and will help us launch advanced grades in line with the highest environmental standards. I am certain that our joint expertise will move the recycling market forward,” said Management Board Member, Executive Director at SIBUR Sergey Komyshan.

“We are proud to see the PolyLab as a result of our cooperation with SIBUR” said Lars H. Evensen Director Business Development at Norner. “The plastics industry believes that plastics are a valuable resource that bring numerous benefits to modern society, significantly contributing to sustainable solutions. Investing in R&D like demonstrated by SIBUR is the only way to a more sustainable polymer industry.”