Sibur: Plastics and rubber businesses become stand-alone divisions

On 1 December 2021, Sibur announced that the merger of its and TAIF’s historical assets has resulted in an exponential growth in the plastics, elastomers and organic synthesis business in terms of absolute volume of production, range and applications of products. The merger of the two companies’ petrochemical businesses on the basis of Sibur Holding PJSC was first announced on 23 April 2021.

Sibur said it believes that this offers a great potential for further development. To that end, a decision has been made to divide the Plastics, Elastomers and Organic Synthesis Division into two stand-alone business units both supervised by Sergey Komyshan, Sibur’s Management Board member and Executive Director. Alexander Petrov, member of the Management Board and Managing Director, will be the Head of the Plastics and Organic Synthesis Division, while Timur Shigabutdinov, another member of the Management Board and Managing Director, will be in charge of the Synthetic Rubbers Division.

According to Sibur, the stand-alone Synthetic Rubbers Division was established in response to a more than three-fold increase in the rubber business as a way to focus on delivering operational improvements for rubber production facilities, which today have a total capacity of around 1.2 million t/y. The division will be responsible for developing new rubber grades, creating customer services and offering comprehensive solutions, as well as expanding footprint across segments and geographies. With its integrated business model, the combined company will be able to ramp up the efficiency of its rubber business by increasing the availability of feedstock, predominantly butadiene, and develop production of most popular butadiene-based rubbers going forward, said the company.

Timur Shigabutdinov said: “The combined company boasts an unrivalled portfolio of synthetic rubbers. Our priority is to respond to customer needs by further growing the business using the expertise under our belt, cutting-edge R&D assets, and access to the latest technologies. Once all the investment projects are completed, these initiatives will make Sibur one of the world’s Top 5 synthetic rubber producers.”

The Plastics and Organic Synthesis Division will consolidate assets with a total capacity of some 3 million t/y. The division’s further expansion will be driven by the development of medium-tonnage chemicals, which enjoy strong demand in the Russian market. Once implemented, the respective projects will substitute imports of products such as MAN and DOTP and make a strong contribution to the growth of Russia’s non-commodity exports. In addition, the company plans to use this business to expand the production of feedstock for high-margin products in the speciality chemicals segment, which currently has an insignificant presence in the domestic market.

Alexander Petrov said: “Our aim is to considerably scale up our business by relying on medium-tonnage chemicals projects focused on import substitution. An important part of that will be securing the right set of projects to make use of monomers from the new Nizhnekamskneftekhim cracker and benefit from the integration of processes of Sibur’s traditional supply chain and its new asset perimeter. Another goal for us is to increase the presence of our products in the construction industry, partly by expanding our range of grades and partly by offering customers new solutions and replacing traditional construction materials with polymers.”