Tyromer Brings Tire-Derived Polymer to U.S. Retreading Market

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Tyromer Inc., a scrap tire devulcanization company,  is now producing a high performance, non-chemical devulcanized rubber made from crumb or retread buffing in the United States.

Their tire-derived polymer or TDP can actually increase performance when incorporated into a pre-cure tread compound and costs less than virgin material.

Read the source article at Tire Review

Report: Michelin-licensed rubber JV to start operation in Q2 ‘18

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Jakarta – A Michelin-licensed synthetic rubber manufacturing plant in Indonesian is 93.5% complete and set to start production in spring, according to a news report.

The facility is to be operated by PT Synthetic Rubber Indonesia (SRI), a joint venture company of Michelin and PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk (CAP).

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Kumho Petrochemical expects materials prices to rise

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Seoul – Kumho Petrochemical is expecting slight improvements in prices for butadiene and maybe also synthetic rubber over the coming months – in contrast to the roller-coaster trends of last year.

In its 2017 full year financial statement, the South Korean rubber and resin manufacturer said butadiene supply is forecast to be “stable” due to new operations in the region.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

China will contest any ‘unfair’ U.S. trade measures on steel: think-tank

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MANILA (Reuters) – China will oppose any “unfair and unreasonable” trade measures by countries such as the United States against its steel companies, a Chinese government think-tank said on Tuesday, arguing protectionism will “poison” the industry.

“Certainly we will protest against unfair and unreasonable measures launched by some countries such as the U.S.A. towards Chinese steel companies,” the China Metallurgical Industry Planning and Research Institute said in an email to Reuters.

“We will also study and discuss the counter-measures to try to seek a fair position for Chinese companies without any violation of W.T.O. (World Trade Organisation) agreement.”

Read the source article at Global Rubber Markets News

Bridgestone and Versalis form strategic partnership

Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) and Versalis are forming a strategic partnership to develop and deploy “a comprehensive technology package to commercialize guayule in the agricultural, sustainable-rubber and renewable-chemical sectors.”

Read the source article at Tyrepress

Shin-Etsu sees double-digit growth in silicones business

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TOKYO—Japanese materials supplier Shin-Etsu saw double-digit increases in sales and operating income at its silicones business.

In the nine-month report covering April-December 2017, the Japanese company reported a 14.7 percent rise in sales to $1.4 million, compared to the same period last year.

Read the source article at Rubber and Plastics News

ARLANXEO’s Rubber Technology Centre gets Chinese certification

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ARLANXEO’s Rubber Technology Center (RTC) has passed the expert evaluation of China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment(CNAS) in November 2017 and obtained Laboratory Accreditation Certificate issued by CNAS in January 2018 (Registration No. CNAS L10612).

Read the source article at Rubber Asia

Zeon supplies rubber for Yokohama winter tire

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Tokyo – Nippon Zeon Co. has supplied solution polymerised rubber to Yokohama Rubber Co. (YRC) for its latest studless tire “iceGUARD 6″, Zeon announced 25 Jan.

The company said the solution rubber had high reactivity with silica, allowing for increased loadings and uniform dispersion.

Compounds based on the polymer would yield tires with improved rolling resistance and wet-grip properties, added Zeon.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

The US Rubber Industry Challenging Times

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The might of the US rubber industry over the years has grown by leaps and bounds. Changing with the times, the region continues to be a major force in terms of rubber and tyre consumption apart from being a major producer and consumer of synthetic rubber (SR), a host of speciality rubber chemicals and home to a booming US$130 billion medical devices market, the largest in the world. The region is also fiercely competitive in all aspects of the wider tyre market — passenger car tyres, truck and bus tyres, agricultural tyres and OTR tyres.

The United States’ rubber industry has an eventful past, a pulsating present and a challenging future. During the late 19th century, Ohio emerged as the leader of rubber production in the United States. Numerous rubber companies 

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Tire test capabilities expanded at the Smithers Rapra Tire and Wheel testing lab in China

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The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and Silent Sensors are developing tire sensors using additive manufacturing and novel materials. As part of this, Silent Sensors will make IoT components using a roll-to-roll process pioneered by CPI, which can be incorporated into tires

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The introduction of six new testing machines will improve the Suzhou laboratory’s ability to serve customer requests and will provide a 35% boost in capacity.

Read the source article at Tire Technology International