Arlanxeo introduces two SSBR grades for low rolling resistance tires


Maastricht, The Netherlands – Arlanxeo is introducing new solution styrene butadiene rubbers (SSBR) and other tire production technologies during Tire Technology Expo in Hannover, Germany on 13-16 Feb.

The Lanxess-Saudi Aramco rubber JV said on 13 Feb that its Tire & Speciality Rubbers (TSR) unit would be introducing two new commercialised SSBRs, featuring first and second generation functionalisation technologies respectively: Buna FX 3234A-2 and Buna FX 5000.

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Evonik presenting silica/silane life cycle assessment at TTE


At this year’s Tire Technology Expo, Evonik will present its new cradle to grave Life Cycle Assessment of the environmental impact resulting from tyre treads based on silica/silane and S-SBR in comparison to tyre treads based on carbon black and E-SBR rubber.

The study analyses impact categories such as the Global Warming Potential, the Photochemical Ozone Creation Potential, and the Primary Energy Demands. The functional unit was defined as the use of Silica/Silane and S-SBR in treads of passenger car tyres over a driving distance of 150,000 kilometres. Additionally, a sensitivity analysis was conducted with petrol consumption, fuel savings, and lifetime as parameters.

According to the study, silica/silane technology in green tyres is able to significantly reduce emissions and environmental impacts in the basic scenario in any analysed impact category considered relevant. Consequently, the Global Warming Potential can be reduced by 4.9 per cent in total over the whole lifecycle; by replacing carbon black and E-SBR with Silica/Silane and S-SBR, emissions of up to 1.4 tonnes of CO2 equivalents per 150,000 kilometres driving distance are avoidable.

The study also shows that the use phase has a key impact on the overall lifecycle in all impact categories. As Green tires with Silica/Silane components can significantly reduce fuel consumption, this technology can have a key role in reducing emissions in general.

Evonik can be found at the Tire Technology Expo fair on stand C816.

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Tyre Derived Fuel reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Australia


A new report prepared for Australian Tyre Recyclers Association (ATRA), “Carbon Value Proposition, Resource Recovery using Tyre Derived Fuels”, states that replacing one tonne of black coal with one tonne of TDF can save emissions of up to 1.05 tonnes of CO2-e into the atmosphere.

“This is good news for the environment when you consider the majority of used passenger and truck tyres in Australia are converted into a TDF and exported to high-end industrial facilities such as cement kilns and paper manufacturing plants in Japan and South Korea,” says ATRA Executive Officer Robert Kelman, adding:

“We could be using this fuel here and banking the greenhouse gas savings in Australia, after all there is no shortage of used passenger and truck tyres. The extremely high calorific value of TDF, makes it an attractive alternative fuel on an international scale and may ultimately be eligible domestically for energy efficiency or low emission credits”.

“Tyre-derived fuels address a challenging waste problem as well as providing a low carbon fuel at a cheaper rate than coal, even in Australia,” Jim Fairweather, CEO of Australia’s leading tyre recycler, Tyrecycle observed, continuing: “ATRA members export around 145,000 tonnes of TDF per year, which could increase further if a domestic market was established and greater access was given to tyres on mining sites and other tyre stockpiles”.

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Congress of Philippines : House pushes for rubber industry board creation

The House committee on agriculture and food has approved the creation of a technical working group (TWG) that will finalize the bill seeking to create a Philippine Rubber Industry Development Board (PhilRubber) which shall be responsible mainly for the promotion, development and growth of the rubber industry by improving its quality and productivity, and expanding its markets.

The TWG creation was agreed upon during a recent hearing of the committee chaired by Rep. Jose T. Panganiban, Jr. (Party-list, ANAC IP). The TWG shall be headed by Rep. Isagani S. Amatong (3rd District, Zamboanga del Norte) who is also the author of the proposal embodied in House Bill 2912.

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Cortina Capital Corp. announces proposed Qualifying Transaction with Ecolomondo Corporation Inc.

Montreal, QC / TheNewswire / January 20, 2017 – Cortina Capital Corp. (TMXV: CCN.P) (Cortina” or the “Company”) is announcing that on January 14, 2017 it has entered into a definitive binding letter of intent (the “LOI”) with Ecolomondo Corporation Inc. (“Ecolomondo”), a private company incorporated under the Canada Business Corporation Act. According to such LOI, Cortina and Ecolomondo will complete a share purchase agreement whereby Cortina will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Ecolomondo for a price of $21,746,031 by issuing to Ecolomondo’s current shareholders, 155,328,790 Cortina common shares at a price of $0.14 per Cortina common share (the “Transaction”). This Transaction will constitute Cortina’s Qualifying Transaction (the “Qualifying Transaction”), as per Policy 2.4 of the TMX Venture Exchange (the “Exchange” or “TMX”).

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December 2016 Status Report: Federal Research Action Plan on Recycled Tire Crumb

Early in 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), launched a multi-agency effort called the Federal Research Action Plan on Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playing Fields and Playgrounds. On December 30, 2016 the agencies released a status report on the Federal Research Action Plan which does not include research findings. It provides a summary of activities to date, including: (1) stakeholder outreach, (2) an overview of the tire crumb rubber manufacturing industry, (3) the final peer-reviewed Literature Review/Gaps Analysis (LRGA), (4) progress on the research activities, and (5) next steps and a timeline for completion of the final report.

The Literature Review/Gaps Analysis (LRGA) was developed to provide a current summary of the available literature and capture the data gaps as characterized in those publications. The Literature Review/Gaps Analysis identifies  90 references. Each reference was reviewed and categorized according to 20 general information categories (e.g., study topic, geographic location, sample type, conditions and populations studied) and more than 100 sub-categories (e.g., study topic subcategories: site characterization, production process, leaching, off-gassing, microbial analysis, human risk).

The full Literature Review/Gaps Analysis is in Appendix B of the Status Report.


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Momentive to showcase silane products for tire-makers at TTE


Waterford, New York – Momentive Performance Materials Inc. will be displaying a number of NXT silane products for use in tire manufacturing and processing during the the 2017 Tire Technology Expo in Hannover, Germany, held 14-16 Feb.

NXT silane, a thiocarboxylate functional silane, can reduce rolling resistance without loss of wet traction, said Momentive.

The material, it added, increases “overall production efficiency for tire manufacturers as compared to standard sulfur silanes.”

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Pyrolyx, Reklaim form North America JV


Germany’s Pyrolyx A.G. has formed a joint venture with Seattle-based Reklaim Inc. that plans to open facilities in North America for the recovery of carbon black from scrap tires.

Munich-based Pyrolyx uses a pyrolysis-based process to recover carbon black from post-consumer rubber and tires. Pyrolyx said its reclaimed carbon black offers a cost-effective, sustainable alternative to traditional carbon black for a variety of plastics and rubber applications, including rubber compounds for tires.

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Is Ford Really Dumping All Its Mexico Plans Just Because Of Trump?


Since Donald Trump’s campaign for U.S. president began, the real estate mogul has been intensely critical of Ford and its plans to shift all small car to production to Mexico after 2018. So, within days of Trump taking office, it was striking that Ford CEO Mark Fields announced Tuesday that his company will actually cancel plans for a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico, and instead invest $700 million in Michigan as part of a huge electric vehicle push.

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NHTSA sends tire fuel efficiency rating rule to White House

WASHINGTON – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has sent the consumer information portion of its tire fuel efficiency rating rule to the White House for consideration.

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