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Start of commercial production of S-SBR in Europe

PRODUCTS  03/10/2009
Tokyo-March 10, 2009-JSR Corporation(Tokyo/Japan, President: Yoshinori Yoshida) will start its commercial production of Solution polymerized Styrene Butadiene Rubber (S-SBR) in Schkopau in Germany early March 2009 under the capacity right agreement with DOW Europe GmbH (Zurich/Switzerland, President: Markus Wildi).

JSR has the 50% capacity right of the new S-SBR production line, whose construction was recently completed in DOW Schkopau plant in Germany with the production capacity of 60,000tons/year.

It is believed that the execution of the capacity right enables JSR to expand supply of its high-performance S-SBR grades based on JSR's advanced technology and to enhance the market position in S-SBR globally.

Main applications of S-SBR are tire and industrial rubber goods. Recently, in accordance with the growing awareness of global environmental issues, S-SBR demand for better fuel economy tire has been steady growing. JSR high-performance S-SBR has high reputation in the market as it has superior properties for better fuel economy tire and also high performance tire. JSR will continue to expand S-SBR business globally from the production sites in Japan and Europe respectively.