SIBUR and BASF have joined forces to develop innovative polymer solutions at SIBUR’s PolyLab Research and Development Center in Moscow. The companies will work together to leverage on the digital technologies in production and R&D, as well as to develop an innovative range of polymers using the plastic additives offered by BASF. BASF will provide technical expertise in the development of new technology tests at PolyLab, the main R&D hub of SIBUR NIOST, and SIBUR’s production facilities. The pair plan to develop new high-performance additive solutions.
The key priority of SIBUR’s PolyLab is to promote the use of polymers to manufacture existing products and design novel solutions. PolyLab will foster the use of recycled materials and the application of polymers in a circular economy. For this purpose, samples of new PE and PP grades will be transformed into pipes, medical goods, films, food packaging, canisters and other products. This will provide a deeper insight into polymers’ properties and their impact on the end product quality to further improve the materials and boost production efficiency.
Pavel Lyakhovich, Managing Director, OOO SIBUR, said: “The new agreement extends our strategic partnership with one of the global chemical majors and unlocks new opportunities for all consumers of polymer products. Combining the extensive knowhow from both companies, we will develop modern synthetic materials that are advanced and sustainable.” Achim Sties, Senior Vice President, Performance Chemicals Europe, BASF SE, added: “SIBUR focuses very strongly on promoting innovative solutions to drive technological advancement in the industries they operate in, supporting circular economy … At BASF, we are committed to developing additive solutions that perform economically and last longer. I am convinced that this extended partnership with SIBUR will accelerate the goals of both companies.”