Groundbreaking held for Sumitomo S-SBR plant
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for Sumitomo Chemical’s new the new solution styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) plant in Singapore on the morning of 6 February. The plant is to be built in the Merbau area of Singapore’s Jurong Island and is expected to be complete in June 2013 and enter commercial operation in the fourth quarter of that year. The plant will have a 40,000 ton per annum capacity.
Numerous dignitaries were present at the ceremony on Jurong Island and the function that followed, including Eugene Leong, deputy director of the Singapore’s Economic Development Board, Manohar Khiatani, CEO of JTC Corporation (Singapore’s principal developer and manager of industrial estates),Heah Soon Poh, JTC director at), Lim Hng Kiang, Singapore’s minister for Trade and Industry, Yoichi Suzuki, the Japanese ambassador to Singapore and Leo Yip, chairman of Singapore’s Economic Development Board. The tyre industry is expected to be the plant’s principal customer.
Sumitomo decided to proceed with a new S-SBR plant in November 2010 and chose Singapore as the site because of its geographical advantage in the supply to rapidly growing Asian markets, the availability of the raw material butadiene plus the existence of tie-ups with existing Sumitomo Chemical Group businesses within the region. Construction work commenced in January 2012 upon the completion of land reclamation at the site.