Synthos to restart production of Butadiene Rubber in Schkopau, Germany
Oświęcim, Poland – Synthos will restart production of butadiene rubber at its plant in Schkopau, Germany, in March 2023. Recommissioning activities started in the first half of 2022 in direct response to challenging market conditions for butadiene rubber and to meet unmet demand, particularly in the tire industry.
Once the butadiene rubber production facility in Schkopau is fully operational, Synthos will have a total annual capacity of 150,000 tonnes of SYNTECA® butadiene rubber. Synthos already produces SYNTECA® Neodymium Butadiene Rubber (NdBR) at its production site in Kralupy, Czech Republic.
Butadiene Rubber is used in a wide range of applications, including high-performance tires, golf balls and conveyor belts. Due to its low glass transition temperature, low dispersity level and linear structure, SYNTECA® Butadiene Rubber is particularly suitable for tread compounds for the development of ‘green tires’, as it offers excellent wear properties and enables a reduction in fuel and energy consumption due to its very low rolling resistance.