SBS (Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene) Copolymer Block Market Determine a Spectacular Expansion And Productive Impact 2023-2030

Posted by Rajkumar on February 17th, 2023

Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene (SBS) is a copolymer block that consists of three distinct blocks of polymers: a polystyrene block on either end, and a butadiene rubber block in the middle. The polystyrene blocks are hard and brittle, while the butadiene block is soft and rubbery. The combination of these blocks in the SBS copolymer block provides a unique set of properties, making it a popular material for a variety of applications.

SBS copolymer blocks are commonly used in the manufacturing of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), which are materials that exhibit both thermoplastic and elastomeric properties. SBS TPEs have excellent elastic recovery, good low-temperature flexibility, and high tensile strength, which makes them useful in applications such as shoe soles, gaskets, and seals. SBS copolymer blocks can also be used as an adhesive or binder in various applications due to their excellent adhesive properties.

In addition, SBS copolymer blocks are also used in the construction industry as a roofing membrane. The membrane is made by laminating a layer of SBS-modified bitumen onto a reinforcing mat. This roofing membrane is durable, waterproof, and has excellent flexibility, making it ideal for use in a variety of climates.

Overall, the unique properties of SBS copolymer blocks make them a versatile material used in a wide range of applications, including TPEs, adhesives, and roofing membranes.

Market Players

Key players operating in global SBS (styrene-butadiene-styrene) copolymer block market include Polimeri Europa, Sinopec Maoming Company, Dexco Polymers LP, Total Petrochemicals USA, Inc., Firestone Polymer, Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., China National Petroleum Corporation, ShenZhen Yanshan Petrochemical Trade Co., Ltd., Dynasol Elastomers, and Sinopec Baling Company.

Key Developments

  • In November 2018, Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) recognized Kumho Chemical’s SBS product for World-class product award. Kumho Chemical’s SBS product is mainly used in manufacturing waterproof sheets and asphalt modifiers. The company also planned to add 10 kilo tons of additional capacity to its current 80 kilo tons of SBS production capacity.
  • In September 2018, Sibur announced its plans to expand its styrene-based elastomers plant in Voronezh, Russia. The new line of elastomers will add another 50 kilo tons of styrene elastomers manufacturing capacity to the existing 85 kilo tons thermoplastic elastomers plant in Russia. The expansion will mainly cater the domestic demand for styrene based elastomers.
  • In March 2018, Sibur – a Russian petrochemical manufacturer started talks with Saudi Aramco to form a joint-venture to initiate synthetic rubber manufacturing plant in the Middle East. Easy availability of raw materials and growing demand from Asia pacific market is the main agenda to set-up a synthetic rubber plant in the Middle East.

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