Solvents are used in many different processes within the polymer manufacturing industry, e.g. in the production of rubber or tyres and in polyolefin's manufacturing.
Dearomatised aliphatic hydrocarbon solvents are applied in the production of tyres to ‘glue’ together the many different pieces and layers of rubber, ensuring they are safe and durable. Methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) is used as a raw material in the manufacture of rubber antiozonants. Rubber anti-ozonants are used to protect (unsaturated) rubbers such as natural rubber, styrene-butadiene rubber, polybutadiene rubber and nitrile-butadiene rubber from ozone attack, in particular when exposed to ozone while being stressed by flexing and bending.