Sibur and 3M have signed an agreement to cooperate in product development and polymer recycling at Sibur’s PolyLab.

PolyLab’s priority is to promote the use of polymers both to manufacture existing products and to design solutions to drive technological advancement in healthcare, consumer goods, automotive and construction industries.

Samples of new PE and PP grades will be transformed at the centre’s pilot manufacturing lines into pipes, medical goods, films, food packaging, canisters and other products.

Sibur and 3M will cooperate in the development of new polyethylene and polypropylene grades, including those to be produced at ZapSibNeftekhim. In particular, the parties agreed to develop new solutions to boost the processability of polymer grades and make Sibur’s products fit for recycling

“Partnering with global innovation and technology leaders, such as 3M, contributes to the advances of Russia’s petrochemical industry,” said Sibur management board member and executive director, Vasiliy Nomokonov.

“Joint efforts in designing new polymer production solutions will enable Sibur to market new products.”