Issue Date: June 18, 2007
Dow Builds Rubber Plant In Germany
Dow Chemical has begun construction of a 60,000-metric-ton-per-year solution styrene butadiene rubber plant in Schkopau, Germany. The plant is expected to open during the second half of 2008. Dow has signed a supply agreement under which Japanese elastomer maker JSR will take output from the plant. According to Dow, SSBR offers beneficial roll resistance, grip, and durability for tires. It is the fastest growing segment of the rubber market, the firm adds, with annual growth of up to 6% expected over the next several years.
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