Today, SIBUR accounts for 25% of butyl rubber and halobutyl rubber output globally, with Nizhnekamskneftekhim boasting the world's largest halobutyl rubber production capacity.
The RUB 8 bn upgrade project saw six new HBR production units installed and 16 revamped. The project was completed on schedule as part of the Company's agreement with the Russian Ministry of Energy to build and modernise petrochemical facilities. The plant licensor is Yarsintez Research Institute, and the general designer is Kazan National Research Technological University, one of SIBUR's anchor universities.
Rustam Minnikhanov, the Rais (Head) of Tatarstan: “Today, we have reached a significant milestone. Some 50 years ago, this facility with a design capacity of 35 ktpa produced its first batch of synthetic butyl rubber. We are now launching new halobutyl rubber capacities as part of a comprehensive upgrade to increase and automate production and meet all the latest environmental standards. The project is worth over RUB 8 bn, an impressive number. Given all the sanctions-related challenges, this is a solid performance. We are keeping a watchful eye on the petrochemical industry, as its growth is key to our economy.”
The upgraded production will fully meet domestic needs for halobutyl rubbers and step up Russia's non-commodity exports of high-margin products to the markets of friendly countries: China, Thailand, Vietnam, and India.
Halobutyl rubbers are primarily used to produce tyres with improved gas barrier and deformation resistance, along with tensile strength. An HBR component also increases tyre life by 15–20%, reduces total waste throughout the lifespan by up to 10%, and cuts fuel consumption and vehicle exhaust emissions, which makes tyres more efficient and eco-friendly. Halobutyl rubbers are also applied in the healthcare industry.