Analysis: India’s limping economy threatens to undermine commodity markets

curata__8yjqzCKtNVmTAmI.jpeg

Singapore — India’s economy has shifted into lower gear since the country’s general election, posting its slowest growth in six years for the April-June quarter and taking a toll on energy and commodity markets that were already grappling with an ailing automotive sector and a lack of liquidity. Not registered? Receive daily […]

Read the source article at Global Rubber Markets News

IRSG focus stays steady throughout its evolution

SINGAPORE—Seventy-five years after its founding, the International Rubber Study Group continues to evolve as an analytical, statistical and forecasting body serving the natural and synthetic rubber industries, according to its current secretary general.

Read the source article at Rubber and Plastics News

K2019 Preview: K stands for rubber

Billed as the ‘world’s No. 1 trade fair for plastics and rubber, K2019 will take place 16-23 Oct in Düsseldorf, Germany, with over 3000 registered exhibitors and over 200,000 visitors expected to attend.

Over the eight days, participants from across the global plastics and rubber industries will meet here to show and learn about new materials and manufacturing technologies – and discuss current issues around sustainability and other challenges facing the polymer sector.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Orion expands roles for executive team

curata__I2UwUDT7rUgXHcz.jpeg

HOUSTON—Orion Engineered Carbons has made changes to the roles of three members of its executive management team.

Read the source article at Rubber and Plastics News

Michelin, partners building large-scale bio-BD plant

Paris – Michelin and its partners, IFP Energies Nouvelles and Axens, are scaling up their BioButterfly project with the construction of an “industrial prototype” plant for the production of bio-based butadiene.

Launched in late 2012, the €70-million BioButterfly project is a 10-year scheme aiming to produce butadiene from plant-based ethanol, to be used for the production of environmentally-friendly synthetic rubber.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Sustainable natural rubber a big goal for industry

FAIRLAWN, Ohio—The natural rubber latex industry is taking steps toward sustainability, but it’s important to remember that the process has just begun.

That was the message from Whitney Luckett, founding president of Southland Rubber USA—which produces 200,000 metric tons of latex annually throughout its six manufacturing sites—at the 2019 International Latex Conference, held recently in Fairlawn, Ohio.

Read the source article at Rubber and Plastics News

Cabot exec sees limits on use of rCB in tires

London – There are major technical challenges to overcome before recycled carbon black (rCB) can be used as an effective alternative filler in tire compounds, believes Bart Kalkstein, president, reinforcement materials at Cabot Corp.

It is important to consider all available opportunities for tire recycling, Kalkstein set out in a Q&A interview for a new ERJ Special Report on Sustainability.*

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

JSR launches new SBR for high performance tires

Tokyo – JSR Corp. has developed a new styrene butadiene copolymer rubber (SBR) for automotive tires with “significantly improved” mechanical strength and wear resistance compared to conventional SBR, the company announced 3 Sept.

Developed to meet the demands of future mobility, the new rubber combines JSR’s “unique polymerisation and hydrogenation technologies” to control the number of unsaturated bonds in the material.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Monolith Materials hires new chief commercial and supply chain officer

curata__IeBFYC1zYsY7NqC.jpeg

A manufacturer of natural gas-based carbon black, Monolith Materials has named Chris Cornille as its chief commercial and supply chain officer. Cornille has more than 33 years of experience in the specialty chemicals industry, including his most recent role as senior vice president of supply chain services for SI Group. He has also worked in various leadership positions in sales, marketing and general management at Cabot Corporation.

Read the source article at Tire Technology International

BKT expanding carbon black production at Indian plant

curata__tuZXfQupDWHYVRy.jpeg

Seregno, Italy – Indian tire maker Blakrishna Industries Ltd (BKT) has started production at its carbon black manufacturing facility in Bhuj, India, and is planning further expansions at the site.

Located within the company’s Bhuj tire production site in the state of Gujarat, the plant currently produces 80 kilotonnes per annum (ktpa) of hard grade carbon black.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal