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Idemitsu, KUMHO and Sumitomo Corporation to Create Supply Chain for Bio-SSBR

Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd., KUMHO Petrochemical Co., Ltd., and Sumitomo Corporation have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a long-term collaboration for the development and further growth of the sustainable polymers and chemicals market in Asia.
To Commence Biopolymer Production by 2024
In this project, Idemitsu, a SM manufacturer in Japan, will produce bio-SM in the mass balance method, and KUMHO, a synthetic rubber manufacturer in South Korea, will produce bio-SSBR (Solution Styrene Butadiene Rubber), one of main products for high-functional tires by using bio-SM. Sumitomo Corporation will be coordinating the collaboration and develop biomaterial market. The companies plan to commence production of biopolymer by 2024.
Bio-SM is from bio-naphtha that is bio-based raw material such as waste and residues. Conventionally, naphtha is extracted from crude oil and has been widely used to produce basic chemical elements such as ethylene and butadiene. By increasing the use of bio-SM from bio-naphtha, the companies expect to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) generation, or carbon footprint, as well as strengthen ESG management cooperation network.
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Source: Sumitomo Corporation

Publication date: 23/05/2023

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870292.