BASF to increase price for diols and derivatives in North America

FLORHAM PARK, NJ, September 1, 2020 – Effective October 1, 2020 or as existing contracts permit, BASF Corporation will increase prices in North America for 1,4-Butanediol (BDO) and derivatives.

Product                                                                     Price Increase

1,4- Butanediol (BDO)                                              $0.05 / lb

Gamma-butyrolactone (GBL)                                   $0.05 / lb

Tetrahydrofuran (THF)                                               $0.07 / lb

N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP)                                      $0.05 / lb

Polytetramethylene ether glycol (PolyTHF®)             $0.07 / lb

BDO and its derivatives are used for producing engineering plastics, polyurethanes, solvents and elastic spandex fibers.

 

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Toyoda Gosei and University of Tokyo develop material crosslinking technology for tougher synthetic rubber

Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. and the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo have developed material crosslinking technology that enhances the toughness of synthetic rubber. They will present the technology at the 29th Polymer Material Forum, to be held online on November 26 and 27.

This new technology enhances the toughness of the synthetic rubber approximately six-fold by integrating a polyrotaxane into the chemical structure of ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber. Polyrotaxanes have a unique molecular structure that enables great material flexibility.* The company will continue to develop this technology for various practical applications.

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Cabot Corporation Expands Engineered Elastomer Composites (E2C™)

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cabot Corporation today announced the launch of its latest Engineered Elastomer Composites (E2C™) product, FX9390, part of the new E2C Foundation series of solutions that delivers multidimensional performance for a variety of tire types. FX9390 is formulated to deliver significant performance improvement balanced across cut/chip/chunk resistance, heat buildup and abrasion resistance in off-the-road mining tires.

When combined with other E2C solutions, FX9390 provides mining customers with flexibility for tire compound formulation within a wide design space.

“We are proud to expand our E2C solutions portfolio with the launch of our first Foundation series product. FX9390 presents a high performance elastomer composite solution for OTR mining and retreading applications that enables customers to quickly develop and launch new tires with performance improvements in multiple dimensions,” explained David Reynolds, vice president and general manager, Cabot Engineered Elastomer Composites. “We are particularly excited about the design freedom afforded to customers who combine this product with our Durability series to tailor compound performance for specific applications.”

 

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Michelin and Pyrowave Join Forces to Industrialize an Innovative Plastic Waste Recycling Technology

November 18, 2020, Montréal–Clermont-Ferrand — The Canadian firm Pyrowave proudly announces a joint development agreement with the Michelin Group. Through the Pyrowave developed technology, it is possible to generate recycled styrene from plastics found in packaging, insulation panels and/or household appliances. This recycled styrene is an important monomer*: it is used in the production of polystyrene and synthetic rubber for tires and a large number of consumer products. 

 

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Bridgestone Unveils “A Layered Journey” Sustainability Campaign

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Bridgestone, a global leader in sustainable mobility and advanced solutions, has announced today a new campaign inviting partners to participate in building a stronger society. In A Layered Journey, Bridgestone highlights ways the company is incorporating sustainability in its value chain with a focus on its commitment to sustainable procurement of natural rubber.

The campaign travels from the forest where rubber trees are tapped for latex, continuing through production where recycled materials are incorporated into new tires, toward innovation that can extend product lifecycles and uncover circular uses for materials.  

 

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USTMA finds that recycling of end-of-life tires has stalled

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While tires remain one of the most recycled products in the U.S., end-of-life markets are not keeping pace with the annual generation of scrap tires, a new report released by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) reveals.

The 2019 Scrap Tire Management Report – USTMA’s 14th – reveals that almost 76% of scrap tires were recycled in products such as rubber modified asphalt, the manufacturing of automotive products and mulch for landscaping and other products, and tire-derived fuel in 2019. This is down from 96% in 2013, when scrap tire recycling peaked.

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France willing to make investment to save Bridgestone plant

PARIS — The French government is prepared to invest alongside Bridgestone to save a French plant that the Japanese tiremaker is considering closing, a minister said on Monday. The French government is looking at options to save jobs and keep open the factory, which employs 863 people in Bethune, Northern France. “If we could find a balance with Bridgestone, we would put up money,” Industry Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher told television channel LCP.

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CHASM Advanced Materials and Birla Carbon Sign Strategic Partnership

Birla Carbon, a leading global manufacturer and supplier of carbon black, and CHASM Advanced Materials Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of proprietary advanced materials hybridized at the nanoscale, have elevated their joint development agreement into a strategic partnership to commercialize novel nanomaterials to benefit various market segments including high-performance tires, conductive plastics, novel coatings, and next-generation batteries.

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40 industry organisations call to postpone Substances of Concern in Products (SCIP) database in Europe

Brussels, 21 September – ETRMA and a coalition of 39 industry organisations wrote a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen calling for decisive action to solve implementation issues within the EU Waste Framework Directive (WFD), specifically the Substances of Concern in Products (SCIP) database.
The signatories representing a very significant part of the European Economy request urgent resolution of implementation issues in a database designed to support the circular economy as expressed in the European Green Deal. This “SCIP” database is required by Article 9.1 of the updated Waste Framework Directive.

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Goodyear Progresses Toward Goals in Annual Report

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company released its annual report on corporate responsibility performance. The report summarizes the company’s actions in 2019 that demonstrate Goodyear’s commitment to ethical and sustainable processes, materials and programs that can help people, communities and the environment.

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