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Sibur polymer R&D facility gains international research accreditation

January 28/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Sibur says a test laboratory at its PolyLab polymer research center in Moscow has been certified by Russias federal accreditation body as having the expertise necessary for its research results to be recognized as meeting international accreditation standards for accuracy and reliability, said Chemweek.

RusAccreditation is a signatory of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperations mutual recognition agreement (ILAC MRA), meaning research results from PolyLab can now be recognized internationally, Sibur says. The process of obtaining PolyLabs accreditation in Russia took one year, which is significantly faster than the usual accreditation period for new R&D centers, it says. PolyLab was officially launched in May 2019. 

The test laboratory has access to multiple research methods for various polymer uses, including piping, fibers, flexible and rigid packaging, and compounds, according to the company. The scope of accreditation covers primarily research conducted to assess polymer pipe quality, while accreditation for film research methods means the laboratory can certify the barrier properties of biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film used in food packaging, it says.

The research accreditation will help Siburs clients and partners develop new products with reduced time to market, says PolyLabs CEO Konstantin Vernigorov. Given the rapidly evolving consumer preferences and manufacturer priorities, we plan to expand the range of certified research going forward, he says.

As per MRC, Sibur, Russias leading petrochemicals company and one of the most rapidly growing petrochemicals businesses globally, says it has agreed a deal for the supply of recycled plastic as feedstock for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) granules at its Polief plant in Blagoveshchensk, Bashkortostan, Russia. The company has signed a contract to receive up to 4,000 metric tons/year of PET flakes made from recycled food packaging from Autopark No.1 Spetstrans, the largest operator for the collection, removal, and disposal of solid municipal waste in St. Petersburg. Deliveries will begin in 2022, it says.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's PET consumption reached 61,110 tonnes in November 2020, up by 1% year on year. Overall PET consumption in Russia reached 648,110 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2020 , down by 18% year on year.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, crude oil, neftegaz, petrochemistry, PET bottles, PET films, PET preforms, Sibur Holding, Sibur-PET.
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