Rapid Global Shortage Of Disposable Protective Equipment SIBUR Plans To Increase Production Capacity Of Nitrile Latex

- Aug 14, 2020-

A few days ago, Russian petrochemical giant Sibur Holding (Sibur Holding) announced that it will start a synthetic nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) latex project with an annual production capacity of 3,500 tons at the end of 2020. It is understood that the plan is located at the Krasnoyarsk plant in Siberia, with the purpose of developing a raw material base for alternative technologies and diagnostic testing (including medical) gloves through Russian localized production.

It is understood that the new product carboxylated NBR latex product has low allergenicity and strong resistance to corrosive environments. It is used in manufacturing technology and diagnostic inspection gloves. It is initially expected that the production capacity of the new production base will enable processing companies to It can produce about 230 million inspection gloves.

The spread of the new crown pneumonia epidemic has led to a rapid and continuous increase in the global demand for rubber gloves. Malaysia’s export volume of rubber gloves this year is expected to reach 225 billion, a year-on-year increase of 32.4%; the export volume is about 20 billion ringgits, a year-on-year increase of 15.6%.

Sibul believes that the new crown virus (Covid-19) has caused severe damage worldwide and the severe shortage of disposable personal protective equipment. The strong demand for such products will not only help increase latex production, but will also enable Russian manufacturers Stable supply of technology and diagnostic examination gloves. The person in charge of Krasnoyarsk Synthetic Rubber Plant said that the launch of new products and successful marketing will lay the foundation for the development of latex manufacturing.

Over the past few years, a team of cross-functional experts from the Voronezh elastomer R&D center, NIOST (Siebul’s Enterprise Technology Center) and the R&D and testing center of the production site have been developing NBR latex formulations. The developers conducted benchmark analysis and prepared the milk collagen type in the laboratory. The new product has passed the tests by the technical teams of Russian and international glove manufacturers.