SIBUR Anticipates 10-20% Demand Growth for Polymers in Russian Automotive Sector

SIBUR Anticipates 10-20% Demand Growth for Polymers in Russian Automotive Sector

SIBUR, Russia’s largest producer of polymers and rubbers, is forecasting a significant increase in demand for polymers within the Russian automotive sector. The company expects demand to grow by 10-20% in the coming years, driven by the rising use of polymers in automotive manufacturing and the expansion of processing capacities.

The Russian automotive sector is witnessing a surge in the use of polymers, which are increasingly being utilized in various car components to reduce weight and enhance fuel efficiency. SIBUR’s CEO, Dmitry Konov, highlighted that the company is well-positioned to capture this growing demand through its extensive production capabilities and strategic initiatives.

SIBUR’s production complex in Tobolsk, Western Siberia, plays a crucial role in meeting the rising demand for polymers. The complex, which includes a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) and polypropylene (PP) production facility, has the capacity to produce 500,000 tonnes of PP annually. This facility is expected to significantly contribute to the domestic supply of polymers, reducing the reliance on imports and supporting the growth of the Russian automotive industry.

Strategic Initiatives and Innovations

To address the increasing demand for polymers, SIBUR has launched several joint programs with customers aimed at import substitution, expansion of processing capacities, and the development of new polymer grades. These initiatives are designed to enhance the competitiveness of Russian-made polymers and support the automotive sector’s transition to more sustainable and efficient materials.

SIBUR’s focus on innovation is evident in its development of new grades of polypropylene, polyethylene, ABS, polycarbonate, and rubbers specifically tailored for the automotive industry. These materials are used in various applications, including compounds, batteries, fuel tanks, and insulation, contributing to the overall performance and sustainability of vehicles.

Economic and Environmental Impact

The anticipated growth in polymer demand is expected to have a positive economic impact on the Russian automotive sector. By increasing the domestic production of polymers, SIBUR aims to support local manufacturers and reduce the dependency on imported materials. This shift towards locally sourced polymers is also aligned with the broader goal of enhancing the sustainability of the automotive industry.

The use of polymers in automotive manufacturing offers several environmental benefits, including reduced vehicle weight and improved fuel efficiency. These advantages contribute to lower greenhouse gas emissions and support the industry’s efforts to meet stringent environmental regulations. SIBUR’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in its ongoing efforts to develop eco-friendly materials and promote their adoption in various industries.