Synthomer is a world leading supplier of Nitrile Latex and the only domestic manufacturer in Malaysia. Since its initial investment in 2001, Synthomer has invested more than MYR 1 billion at its two Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (NBR) Production plants and Innovation Centre in Pasir Gudang and Kluang to support the production and development of Nitrile Latex products for use in the medical and industrial glove industry.
Pasir Gudang: World’s largest Nitrile Latex polymerisation reactor
Synthomer announced in 2016 a plan to invest around MYR 270 million in its latest phase of expansion to increase its Nitrile Latex manufacturing capacity at the Pasir Gudang Plant to meet the future growth in demand from glove manufacturers globally. Following an extensive technical review, a completely new reactor concept was developed to deliver the highest levels of safety, quality and productivity. The project is now well underway with the additional capacity due to become available from July 2018.
The first phase of the expansion project, which commenced during the second half of 2016, includes the installation of an additional NBR latex production line which will support faster product cycle rates, improved manufacturing efficiencies and is expected to bring an additional annual capacity of approximately 100 Kwt upon completion.
Says Derick Whyte, Executive Vice President, Asia: “With this project Synthomer is building for the future. This expansion will in total deliver an additional 200 Kwt in two distinct 100Kwt phases. Phase 1 of the project is currently underway, however, we have taken the opportunity during this phase of construction to scale up our utilities and other supporting infrastructure to additionally meet the requirements for Phase 2, which will allow us to bring the additional 100 Kwt of capacity on line very quickly when it is required.”
“Synthomer has a strong track record of investing in its Nitrile Latex business not only in terms of capacity expansion but also in product innovation where we remain committed to meeting the evolving needs of our customers, and it is also a sign of our continuing investment in the Malaysian economy,” he adds.
Manufacturers of disposable medical examination gloves are continuously striving to enhance their products’ performance with improved tensile strength and elongation whilst reducing their film thickness and glove weight. To support these needs, Synthomer has developed a range of innovative grades of Nitrile Latex which enable the glove manufacturers to meet these increasingly challenging industry requirements.
“Being a specialist for Nitrile (NBR) and Polychloroprene (CR) latices as well as pre-vulcanised Natural Latex (PV NR), Synthomer can offer versatile choices to fulfil customer’s requirements. Dedicated products are tailored for unlined, lined, and fabric-supported gloves and take into consideration important processing features like high flock adhesion, efficient fibre coating or low latex permeation.
The entire product portfolio is designed to meet the highest requirements, providing high flexibility and comfort as well as a high barrier protection. This, along with world leading technical service, is what we believe gives Synthomer a competitive edge in this market,“ says Jason Davies, Director of the Health & Protection Strategic Business Unit.
Global view with local market expertise
Synthomer is one of the world’s major suppliers of latices and specialty emulsion polymers supporting leadership positions in many markets including coatings, construction, textiles, paper, and synthetic latex gloves.
The Company is a FTSE 250-listed firm headquartered in London, the UK with group revenue of £1.05 billion. Today it employs 2,700 people with manufacturing plants, technology centres and sales offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US. Synthomer provides customer-focused services from regional centres in Harlow, the UK; Marl, Germany; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.