Earnings up 45% at Cabot rubber blacks unit

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Boston, Massachusetts – Cabot Corp. has reported a 45% year-on-year rise in earnings (EBIT) to $74 million at its Reinforcement Materials unit for its fiscal third quarter lifting margins 2 percentage points to 16%.

Higher earnings, said Cabot, were driven mainly by “continued…

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Lanxess to sell stake in Arlanxeo to Saudi Aramco

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COLOGNE, Germany–Lanxess plans to sell its remaining 50 percent stake in Arlanxeo to its joint venture partner Saudi Aramco.

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Kumho notes uptrend in butadiene, SR prices

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Seoul – South Korean petrochemicals company Kumho Petrochemical has reported an upward trend in the prices of butadiene and synthetic rubber in the first half of 2018.

The “gradual” increase in butadiene prices, said the company 6 Aug, was a result of a decline in supply, due to “regular maintenances, ‘troubles’ and increased demand caused by favourable ABS market”.

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ANRPC downgrades NR production estimate for 2018

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The world production of natural rubber (NR) rose 4.5 percent, year-over-year, to 6.214 million tonnes during the first-half of 2018. This is inclusive of production from non-ANRPC countries accounting for around 10 percent of the world output, stated the Natural Rubber Trends and Statistics report by the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) in June 2018.

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Trinseo Releases 8th Annual Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Report

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BERWYN, Pa.- Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), the global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, today has published its 2018 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report , which showcases how Trinseo is meeting or exceeding the highest standards of safety and environmental performance, and developing innovative solutions that benefit our world.

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Ecolomondo to set up pyrolysis plant in Ontario

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ST. LAURENT, Quebec—Canadian cleantech company Ecolomondo Corp. is planning to set up a tire-recycling plant in Hawkesbury, Ontario, to showcase its thermal decomposition process technology.

The company has acquired a 13.4-acre plot land for the project with site work set to begin immediately. Hawkesbury is a town of about 10,000 inhabitants in eastern Ontario on the Ottawa River near the border with Quebec.

Construction work will start on the 50,000-sq.-ft. facility in autumn 2018 with completion scheduled for the second or third quarter of 2019, Ecolomondo said.

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Bridgestone develops world’s first polymer using advanced synthetic technology for forming hybrid polymer

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In its pursuit of more sustainable materials, Bridgestone has successfully developed what is claimed to be the world’s first polymer to bond rubber and resins at the molecular level.

This new polymer is extremely high durability, with crack resistance more than five times higher than natural rubber, abrasion resistance more than 2.5 times higher, and tensile strength more than 1.5 times higher than natural rubber, which itself has a greater destruction resistance than common synthetic rubber.

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Enviro to build tire recycling plant in US

Gothenburg, Sweden – Scandinavian Enviro Systems AB will be building a tire recycling plant in the city of Buffalo, New York, the company has announced.

In a 29 June statement, the manufacturer of recovered carbon black (rCB) said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Treadcraft Ltd to establish a recycling plant for the company with minimum capacity to recover 30 kilotonnes of end-of-life tires per year.

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New chemicals and additives for tire production from Lanxess

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Lanxess has revealed details of a number of additives for higher-performance rubber and easier production. Its range of Rhenogran products are designed to shorten mixing times, lower processing temperatures and improve the quality of the finished tires.

Rhenogran CLD-80 is a sulphur donor that ensures a stable vulcanization network by forming mainly mono- and disulfidic bridges. Lanxess says this results in excellent heat aging resistance of the vulcanizates and prevents premature reversion.

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Arlanxeo wants to be a Global SR leader

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Arlanxeo is all set to strengthen its position as the world’s leading manufacturer of synthetic rubber. The company will invest EUR mid-double-digit million to modernise its production plants in Triunfo, Brazil and La Wantzenau, France. For the Brazil plant, the company will invest its facility in Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul, to make the production of polybutadiene rubber (PBR) more flexible. The plant currently produces emulsion styrene-butadiene rubber (E-SBR), mainly used for car, truck tyres.

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