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Asahi Kasei to produce sustainable tyre rubber

Asahi Kasei has stepped up sustainability efforts with plans to produce 'circular' solution-polymerised styrene butadiene rubber (SSBR) by early 2022.


The company has concluded an agreement with Shell Eastern Petroleum Ltd for the supply of ‘sustainable butadiene’ derived from plastic waste and biomass, said a 24 Nov statement. 


Asahi Kasei expects to manufacture and market the circular SSBR at its plant in Bukom Island, Singapore by the end of its 2021 fiscal year in March 2022.


The move is part of the Japanese materials supplier’s strategy to transition to “sustainable feedstock” in order to reduce CO2 emissions throughout its supply chain. 


Shell will produce ‘sustainable butadiene’ through a mass balance method employing two difference processes of waste plastic pyrolysis and bio-feedstock.


The first process involves Shell converting plastic waste into pyrolysis oil at its site in Bukom and feeding it to the naphtha cracker. The other uses bio-feedstock as a naphtha cracker feed. 


Asahi Kasei said the project will make it “the world’s first” company to use butadiene derived from plastic waste, and the first Japanese company to use butadiene derived from biomass for SSBR production.


SSBR is mainly used for the manufacture of high-performance fuel-efficient tires, the demand for which is growing globally due to stringent regulations and heightened environmental awareness. 


According to Asahi Kasei, SSBR enables ‘significant’ reduction in CO2 emissions of vehicles and can further contribute to the sustainability of automotive supply chain when manufactured from sustainable butadiene.