Guayule rolling toward use in mass production

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Akron, Ohio – Guayule rubber is passing all its physical tests with one year to go in a government-funded project to assess its feasibility as an ingredient in mass-produced tires, according to Howard Colvin, senior scientist at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

Colvin discussed Cooper’s test results with prototype guayule rubber tires at the International Tire Exhibition & Conference in Akron 13-15 Sept.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Goodyear to Present at Goldman Sachs Industrials Conference

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) today said it will webcast its presentation at the 2016 Goldman Sachs Industrials Conference in Boston on November 2, 2016.

Laura K. Thompson, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will provide a business overview and discuss the company’s strategies. A live audio webcast of the presentation will be available at 10 a.m. on the company’s investor relations website: http://investor.goodyear.com. A replay of the webcast will be available following the event.

Read the source article at PR Newswire

Versalis aims to expand rubber business in US

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Versalis is looking to expand its synthetic rubber business in the US as part of an “internationalization strategy,” according to a company.

“In 2016, we established a new trading company Versalis Americas Inc., based in Houston, Texas  to reinforce the presence in the American markets, in particular in the elastomers business,” said Versalis’ Teresa Petronelli.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

On Track With Continental’s New ExtremeContact Sport Summer Tire

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Email While they aren’t the sexiest components you can get for your ride, tires make a big difference when it comes to overall performance. With any luck they’ll be the only part of your vehicle that will ever make contact with the road (at least intentionally), and all the horsepower in the world isn’t worth much if you can’t effectively put it to the pavement.

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Are winter tires really worth it?

It’s an inescapable autumnal rite. Thousands of Canadians are agonizing over whether to get their winter tires now or wait until the first snow warning.

That is, if they have winter tires. Thousands more will debate whether to buy a set or roll the dice with their all-season rubber.

Winter-tire use rose dramatically between 1998 and 2014, according to a survey commissioned and released two years ago by the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC), going from 35 per cent to 65 per cent. But if you remove Quebec’s near 100 per cent usage rate, the national average shrank to only 50 per cent.

The association plans to issue updated results this year but Barry Yutronkie, its director of operations, said a quick look shows the trend has levelled off.

“We do have some preliminary numbers,” Yutronkie told Globe Drive. “It looks like there’s a slight uptick from the last report, higher utilization – it’s basically jumped up one per cent.

“From what I’m seeing, it’s fairly flat as far as utilization is concerned.”

It’s a “slow march,” concedes Graham Jeffery, Canadian Tire’s assistant vice-president for tires and automotive outdoor adventure. Few people get to compare the difference in braking and handling directly between all-seasons and winter tires, he said, unless they attend a tire demonstration.

Read the source article at Home – The Globe and Mail

India: Rubber production up in September

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After a slump in production, positive trend in thesector since May The production figures of natural rubber (NR) for September 2016 showed an increase of 20 per cent as compared to those during the same period last year, the Rubber Board said in a statement here on Wednesday. 

Read the source article at Global Rubber Markets News

Asahi Kasei eyes top position with SSBR capacity expansion

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Tokyo – Japanese speciality chemicals company, Asahi Kasei, is planning to expand its solution styrene-butadiene rubber (SSBR) production capacity by 2020, according to a September briefing made public 27 Oct.

The reason for the expansion policy, said the Japanese chemicals manufacturer, is the fact that SSBR growth is exceeding that of emulsion styrene-butadiene rubber (ESBR).

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Winter Driving Safety Tips from Bridgestone

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With the end of daylight saving time on Nov. 6 signalling the approach of winter, Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) is reminding drivers to exercise extra caution behind the wheel.

As the days become shorter, it’s a critical time to re-examine driving and vehicle safety. The hour shift in sunrise and sunset, coupled with colder temperatures, leads to changes in road conditions. It’s essential for drivers to stay alert and ensure their vehicles are prepared for winter driving.

“As temperatures drop, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is equipped to handle winter weather and that starts with installing the right set of winter tires,” said Justin Hayes, product manager, Bridgestone Americas. “Winter tires give drivers more control in winter driving conditions, which often rapidly change from cold and dry to ice and snow. This added control is essential as the days become shorter and more drivers are facing dark commutes with low visibility.”

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Marangoni taps Pirelli for new CEO

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Rovereto, Italy – Italian tire-maker Marangoni has appointed Dino Maggioni, a senior Pirelli manager, as the group’s new chief executive officer to replace Massimo De Alessandri.

Maggioni he joined Pirelli in 2015 where he subsequently became the CEO of Pirelli Industrial North and South America.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Hankook Opens Technodome R&D Center in South Korea

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Hankook Tire Co. hosted an opening ceremony on Oct. 18 for its new central R&D center,€“ the €˜Hankook Technodome,€“ in Daejeon, South Korea.

As the company aims to become a global top-tier brand based on technological leadership, the Technodome will house Hankook€’s R&D innovation and act as a core part of the company’s global plan, Hankook said.

Read the source article at Tire Review