Lanxess unveils new nylon 6 material

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FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany—As it prepares for future mobility solutions, Lanxess is targeting electrically charged vehicles as a key growth area.

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Sustainable Natural Rubber Production in Latin America

For the past 5 years the concept of Sustainable Natural rubber has gained some attention in Latin America.

Guatemala was the first country on the region to pioneer on that subject having developed several projects ranging from  FSC ® (Forest Stewardship Council) certifications up to Carbon Credit emissions.

Colombia for its turn, have created recently a Carbon Taxation system that was the genesis for a national carbon credit market with great potential as a tool to promote low-carbon opportunities in the agricultural sector, being Natural Rubber an excellent choice.

In Brazil, sustainable natural rubber production has gained momentum, specially since 2016, when Pirelli…

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Vietnam to promote value addition to NR

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Badly hit by prolonged drop in natural rubber (NR) prices, Vietnam, the world’s third largest NR producer, plans to boost domestic consumption by promoting the manufacturing of rubber products such as tyres, gloves, automobile spare parts etc for both domestic and export markets.

Globally, unprecedented price falls, adverse weather and growing usages of synthetic rubber are pushing traditional natural rubber growers to other agricultural commodities. The same trend is seen in Vietnam too. Rubber growers are increasingly switching to fruits trees, cashew and pepper. Some are doing inter-cropping and converting only a part of their rubber plantations.

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Synthetic rubber prices likely to remain volatile

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AKRON—Prices for synthetic rubber and petrochemical feedstocks have been “incredibly volatile” and are likely to remain so for a while, according to a speaker at the International Tire Exhibition & Conference in Akron Sept. 11-13.

“Energy- and economy-related fundamentals in the synthetic rubber market are encouraging, but risks abound,” said Bill Hyde, executive director-olefins and elastomers at IHS Markit.

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Tocom aims to double rubber trading with new contract

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Technically-specified rubber futures will start trading on October 9, according to President Takamichi Hamada. Trading volumes will probably exceed ribbed-smoked-sheet rubber, the type currently traded on Tocom, in the short term, Hamada, 68, said in an interview in Tokyo. The exchange is also aiming to surpass volumes on Singapore Exchange, he said.

Tocom is Japan’s largest commodity exchange and has offered RSS rubber contracts for almost 66 years.

 

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Cabot acquires Chinese carbon black manufacturer

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BOSTON – Cabot Corp. has acquired Chinese carbon black manufacturing company NSCC Carbon (Jiangsu) Co. Ltd., from Nippon Steel Carbon Co.

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Deep rubber ties push ExxonMobil forward

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HOUSTON—ExxonMobil Chemical Co. operates in three main elastomer markets, and in each case the firm was involved right from the start.

That means the Houston-based business of ExxonMobil Corp. has seen its ExxonMobil butyl rubber business operate for roughly 80 years, its Vistalon-brand EPDM unit for 55 years and its Santoprene-brand thermoplastic vulcanizate operation—the baby of the family—for more than 40 years.

And with that history, the company believes it has the knowledge, the technical know-how and the supporting business in place to continue achieving success now and in the future, whether that means in traditional businesses or the evolving new world of transportation, said Kurt Aerts, ExxonMobil vice president for specialty elastomers and butyl polymers.

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Ford Juggling NAFTA, China Challenges, Exec Says

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Joseph Hinrichs, Ford executive vice president-global operations, is concerned about the ramifications of missing deadlines for completing NAFTA negotiations, and says automakers are pressing Washington for a broad trade agreement covering all of North America.

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Safely Reduce Synthetic Turf Heat with Greenplay® Organic Infill

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NEW YORK, Sept. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The two new synthetic soccer fields installed using Greenplay® organic infill blend perfectly with the adjacent natural grass field installed last year at UNC Wilmington. Transitioning from natural to synthetic turf with Greenplay installed is…

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Shin-Etsu to invest €850m in silicones business

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Tokyo – Japanese materials supplier Shin-Etsu Chemical has announced plans to invest ¥110 billion (€854 million) in the next two-and-a-half years in its silicones operations, a core business of the company.

As part of the commitment, the Tokyo-based company will expand production capacity for silicone monomer – the intermediate product of silicones – and various types of silicone fluids, resins and rubber end products at the company’s main bases in Japan and globally.

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