Tire manufacturing chemical supplier boosting global production

Jan. 1, 2020
As a key ingredient in tire production, Solutia, Inc. is expanding its current Crystex insoluble sulfur operations in Kuantan, Malaysia.
As a key ingredient in tire production, Solutia, Inc. is expanding its current Crystex insoluble sulfur operations in Kuantan, Malaysia.

“Tire manufacturing has seen a tremendous migration into Asia as our strategic partners and customers continue to add resources and capacity in this growing world region,” says Greta Senn, president and general manager of Solutia’s Technical Specialties division.

“As the long-term global leader in insoluble sulfur innovation and technology, we remain committed to providing products with demonstrable performance advantage and serving our customers worldwide,” she says.

The pending expansion will double capacity, making Solutia’s Kuantan plant the largest insoluble sulfur manufacturing facility in the world. “The site was selected following a rigorous selection process, which recognized the site's efficient operations, high-quality workforce and ability to serve the rapidly growing markets of both China and India,” says Senn.

Solutia produces Crystex insoluble sulfur at seven locations, including operations in Kashima, Japan along with the Kuantan location. “This expansion will allow us to build on the proven success of the Kuantan facility and further strengthen Solutia’s reliability of supply in the broader Asia-Pacific region,” she adds.

Insoluble sulfur is a vulcanizing agent for critical applications in the tire industry. “In addition, Crystex HD (High Dispersion) insoluble sulfur offers tire manufacturers improved productivity and safety in their manufacturing processes.”

For more information, visit www.solutia.com.

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