Asahi Kasei Synthetic Rubber Singapore Pte. Ltd. (AKSS), a subsidiary of Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corporation, has built a plant on Singapore’s Jurong Island that produces 50,000 tons per year of solution-polymerized styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR), a type of synthetic rubber that is used in green tires to improve fuel efficiency and performance. As the demand for S-SBR is rapidly growing due to increasingly strict environmental regulations and rising awareness of environmental issues, Asahi Kasei Chemicals has made it a priority to accelerate production of this key material.
To automate production at this greenfield plant, AKSS selected Yokogawa’s systems solution that was installed by Yokogawa Singapore. The provided solutions included the CENTUM VP production control system (PCS), the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system (SIS), the Exaquantum plant information management system (PIMS), the Plant Resource Manager (PRM) asset management package, and a variety of FOUNDATION™ fieldbus-enabled field devices.
The successful installation of these systems for this new plant demonstrates how the Yokogawa Group can work as a best solution partner with its customers around the world to automate their plants.