Startup operations commenced at secondphase of the EPS complex

Startup operations commenced…
Construction and installation of the second phase for the production of Sibur's Alphapor expandable polystyrene has been completed, and startup operations have commenced.

Trial manufacture of expandable polystyrene is planned to begin in spring 2012. The second phase is expected to be able to produce 50,000 tonnes a year by the summer of 2012.

The official startup of the first stage of production of 50,000 tonnes per year of expandable polystyrene took place at the end of 2010. During 2011 production was based on projected capacity and sales volume. Total projected production capacity of expandable polystyrene at Sibur’s Perm site after completion of the second stage of the complex will reach 100,000 tonnes per year.

Alphapor expandable polystyrene is produced using the technology of the Austro-Norwegian Company Sunpor. The product is employed in a wide variety of uses, including energy-efficient building insulation, permanent shuttering, and packaging for household appliances and food products. The major world markets for construction-grade polystyrene foam are the USA and Europe (France, Italy, Germany and Poland).

All grades of Alphapor expandable polystyrene comply with strict European standards for fire safety, grain-size distribution, density and stress-strain properties. The grades of expandable polystyrene used in the production of building insulation are required to contain fire-retardant antipyrenes.


SIBUR is the leader of petrochemistry in Russia and Eastern Europe.