LabsCubed automated polymer testing system garners top prize at Startup Stadium competition

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An automated polymer testing system and associated software developed by LabsCubed (Kitchener, ON) sufficiently impressed judges to walk away with the top prize at the first Startup Stadium competition today at PLAST-EX and the Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo in Toronto. 

The tabletop CubeOne system accelerates physical testing of polymers and improves consistency by eliminating human error. It accommodates various sample shapes and sizes and tests tensile and tear strength. “Compared with vertical universal testing machines, where the technician runs a test, waits, and runs the next test, the CubeOne automates the process,” explained Ammar Jafar, Chief Technical Officer and co-founder of the company. “The technician loads the tray with 12 samples, loads the tray in the machine and presses start. The technician can now walk away and perform a value-added task rather than wait around.”

 

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Kumho’s Jong-Hoon Baek elected president of the IISRP

SEATTLE— Jong-Hoon Baek, an executive vice president for Kumho Petrochemicals, was elected president of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers for 2019-20.He will succeed Brian Chapman, who will become the institute’s past–president international.

Baek, who was elected at the association’s 60th annual general meeting on May 15, has a range of experience in the polymer industry from roles he has had in technical, marketing and sales areas, in addition to senior management positions he has held.

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ANRPC reports fall in world natural rubber consumption in Q1 of 2019

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According to the ANRPC, in the first quarter of 2019, world natural rubber production fell 5.2%, year-on-year, accounting to 2.989 million metric tons in the winter season, and prevailing low rubber prices for some farmers in certain countries. The new leaf fall disease outbreak in South Sumatra might also have contributed to the drop in […]

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Cabot eyes elastomer composites expansion in Malaysia

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Cabot Corp. has reviewed long-term growth plans for its composite elastomers in Port Dickson, Malaysia, with the Malaysian Investment Development Authority.

The Boston-based company has been carrying out liquid mixing of elastomer composites at the site since 1995 and was under a 10-year exclusive technology license with Michelin until recently. In 2017, Cabot announced an investment to expand the elastomer composites product line to serve a broader customer base.

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Global and China Natural Rubber Industry Report, 2019-2025

NEW YORK, May 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — In 2018, global natural rubber industry continued remained at low ebb, as a result of economic fundamentals. Global natural rubber price presented a choppy downtrend and repeatedly hit a record low in recent two years, in spite of an uptick in the…

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Goodyear develops tall and narrow EV concept tire

Marking its 100th anniversary, Citroën developed a special concept car, the 19_19 Concept – an autonomous, connected, electric vehicle. Goodyear was selected to create a bespoke tire for the application, which would deliver the performance required for this unique vehicle.

“Goodyear’s C100 concept tire was specifically designed for the Citroën 19_19 Concept vehicle. It features technology to deliver maximum comfort and efficiency for electric mobility and the intelligent capabilities needed to support an autonomous vehicle,” said Mike Rytokoski, chief marketing officer, consumer Europe at Goodyear.

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Cabot to expand elastomer composites facility in Malaysia

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Representatives from Cabot Corporation’s elastomer composites leadership team recently met with members of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority about Cabot’s long-term growth plans in Port Dickson, Malaysia. In 1995, Cabot built the world’s first facility dedicated to liquid mixing of elastomer composites in Port Dickson and has continued to develop this revolutionary technology at that site.

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Bridgestone Group Awards 2019 Recognizes the Best Global Projects

Bridgestone Group Awards 2019 Recognizes the Best Global Projects During the ceremony, the Group acknowledges the best Socially Responsible Projects NEWSROOM: Bridgestone Americas
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TOKYO, May 2, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Bridgestone Corporation announced the winners of the “Bridgestone Group Awards 2019” at a ceremony held on March 27, 2019. The Bridgestone Group Awards began in 2008 as an annual recognition program open to all employees and organizations of the Bridgestone Group.

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Pyrolyx eyes second tire pyrolysis plant in US

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Munich, Germany – Recovered carbon black (rCB) manufacturer Pyrolyx AG has progressed the engineering and tendering process of its second plant in Terre Haute, Indiana, the company has announced.

Construction on the unit, which will be build adjacent to the company’s existing facility, is expected to start in the third quarter of this year.

Pyrolyx expects the new plant to be “substantially similar” to its first tire pyrolysis unit, which is near completion, added its 30 April statement.

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Aurora still on the hunt for acquisitions

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STREETSBORO, Ohio—Compounding firm Aurora Plastics L.L.C. shows no signs of slowing its growth after purchasing Elastocon TPE Technologies Inc., Aurora’s fourth acquisition in two years.

For Aurora, acquiring Springfield, Ill.-based Elastocon “increases our presence in thermoplastic elastomers and allows us to build on an existing franchise,” CEO Darrell Hughes said.

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