Global non-halogenated flame retardants market: 2015 – 2025

Flame retardants offer an excellent balance of cost, performance, processability, and other properties. Environmental concerns have motivated key manufacturers to develop global non-halogenated flame retardants market. Government regulations and changing consumer preferences has also propelled the demand for non-halogenated flame retardants.

The demand for smaller-volume non-halogenated flame retardants is expected to increase during the period between 2015 and 2025. In terms of value, the global market for non-halogenated flame retardants is expected to exhibit a 6.40% CAGR from 2015 to 2025. As non-halogenated flame retardants do not have any halogen, they are more environment-friendly than the halogenated flame retardants. The non-halogenated flame retardants find application in textile materials, plastics, epoxy, unsaturated polyester, polyvinyl chloride, polyurethane, engineering thermoplastics, styrenics, and rubber.

 

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Goodyear Thailand to build €140m aircraft tire plant – report

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Bangkok – Goodyear Thailand is planning to invest 5.63-billion bhat (€146 million) in building a new radial aircraft tire plant at its Pathum Thani manufacturing site, according to news reports.

The plant is being built to meet growing demand in Asia as airlines convert their fleets to radial tires from bias ones, said Goodyear Thailand’s managing director Finbarr O’Connor.

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TOCOM rubber ends down 0.3 pct as oil price gain capped

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TOKYO, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Benchmark Tokyo rubber futures ended down 0.3 percent on Tuesday after hitting a one-week high earlier in the session as doubts that crude producers would agree next month to an output freeze continued to drag on oil prices. Tokyo Commodity Exchange (TOCOM) futures, which set the tone for tyre rubber […]

 

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Ontario Partnering with Mitchell Plastics to Create Jobs

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Ontario is partnering with Mitchell Plastics to invest in new technologies and grow its business, creating 62 new jobs and retaining 560 positions in Kitchener.

Mitchell Plastics makes functional and decorative auto interior parts, such as air registers, painted and decorated interior trim, mechanisms and storage devices, floor consoles and overhead consoles. With $1.5 million in support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, the company is adding 79,000 square feet to its facility to set up a new technical centre. The centre will focus on product development and R&D, and house two new technologies for UV coating and UV inkjet printing. Both technologies are used to produce high-gloss, scratch-resistant finishes that are applied to automotive interior parts.

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Ontario Allocates $3.2 Billion for Infrastructure Projects

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Ontario has dedicated $3.2 billion from the sale of Hydro One shares in 2015 to the Trillium Trust, a fund for infrastructure projects that will help create jobs and strengthen the economy.

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Why no one will own a car in 25 years

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In just a few short decades, owning a car could be a lot like owning a horse — mostly for hobbyists and really unnecessary for transportation purposes. Technologies such as self-driving cars paired with transportation networks such as Uber will pretty much kill the need to own a car in 25 to 30 years, Jamais Cascio, a futurist and senior fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, told Business Insider. And that will completely change how we think about cars.

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Falken Sponsors 2016 Super Chevy Muscle Car Challenge

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Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ Falken Tires brand will sponsor the 2016 Super Chevy Muscle Car Challenge on Aug. 30 at the Auto Club Speedway in Southern California.

During the annual event, top car builders participate in a series of performance tests, using a modern Chevy as the overall baseline. The challenge consists of three driving events: The Slalom, The Road Course and “The 100-Yard Dash”, which is a “street style” drag race.

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The other bump in road to driverless cars: Crumbling roads

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The U.S Department of Transportation estimates that as much as 65 per cent of the nation’s roads need work. If you’d like to see how the DOT ranks the condition of roads and bridges in your state, go here, www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot-fact-sheets-highlight-grim-state-us-roads-and-bridges, and you’ll see what I mean. If the autonomous driving equipment in a vehicle can’t read the road, the car might not stay in its lane.

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Natural Rubber can keep pace with Synthetic Rubber only through R&D

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Though Thailand continues to be the world’s No 1 producer of natural rubber, the Thai rubber industry is facing challenges relating to quality, yield, shortage of rubber scientists, technology, labour and automation. A breakthrough in research to correct these problems is urgently required as threats from the more consistent synthetic rubbers are looming, says Dr. Krisda Suchiva, Head of Rubber Technology Research Centre (RTEC), Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Thailand.

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A case for carbon trading from rubber

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… Natural sequestration of CO2 by the rubber tree outruns the total manufacturing CO2 emissions even with stringent GHG inventory assessment under the ISO 14064. When carbon dioxide is fixed to the product, the result is negative because the amount of CO2 emitted by the industry during centrifuging, compounding, vulcanizing and during transportation of the product is much lower than the amount absorbed during latex synthesis in the rubber tree. Based on this quality, natural rubber latex based products are perfect models of carbon negative products.

A product that is responsible for greater atmospheric carbon reduction than the cumulative emissions caused during manufacture, usage and disposability stages of that product is called a carbon negative product.
Theoretically almost 34 mt of CO2 is absorbed by the Hevea tree for every kilo gram of latex extracted from the plantation. Likewise, in 100 x 200 x 15 cm 100% NR latex mattress of total weight 25.5kg production, almost 685 kg of net CO2 is reduced from the atmosphere. In other words, when buying a simple mattress of above dimensions, almost 8 rubber trees are grown somewhere in the world. Hevea tree with its unique features adds bio diversity and sustainability to the product cycle.

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