Editor’s picks: 10 Tire Technology Conference presentations you can’t miss

Tire Technology International’s editor Matt Ross selects 10 speakers you can’t afford to miss at the upcoming Tire Technology Conference, which takes place at Tire Technology Expo Hannover, Germany, on March 5, 6, 7, 2019. Click here to view the full program and book your conference pass here.

Prof. Burkhard Wies, Continental – Physics of tire performance over lifetime: how to ensure best balance between safety and economy

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Marangoni acquires Leader Rubber majority shareholding

The Marangoni Group has acquired a majority shareholding, 51 per cent, in the South African tread maker Leader Rubber Company SA (Pty) Ltd. The move is the latest development in the decade-long partnership between Leader Rubber and Marangoni. The Italian company acquired a 25 per cent share in the company in 2015 , a move it described as the “culmination of a partnership that has been ongoing for several years.”

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TTE Preview – Tire materials

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ERJ previews materials technologies lined up for the Tire Technology Expo 2019 trade fair and conference, taking place 5-7 March at the Deutsche Messe, Hanover, Germany:

In the tire materials arena, Kuraray will showcase its interesting liquid Farnesene rubber – said to be the first liquid polydiene based on naturally sourced farnesene.

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Kerala Government plans Industrial Park for rubber products

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The Kerala Government plans to set up a first-of-its-kind Industrial Park for the manufacture of rubber products. This was announced by state Finance Minister Thomas Isaac while presenting the state Budget for 2019-20.

The Minister said a company will be registered this year itself on the pattern of Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL), the first airport built in the country with private participation.

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LANXESS, Arkema Rubber Processing Chemicals Market to Cross US $5.31bn by 2025 : Basf, Solvay, AkzoNobel , Eastman Chemical Company and 5 Other Companies Profile

Sellbyville, DE — (SBWIRE) — 01/31/2019 — Rubber Processing Chemicals Market was more than USD 3.5 billion in 2017 and will forecast to exceed USD 5.3 billion by 2025 with 4.9% CAGR during the forecast timespan 2018 – 2025 ; according to a new research report by Global Market Insights.

Asia Pacific created a major chunk of product demand in past and it is likely to grow with highest growth rate over the forecast timeframe. This can be attributed to the presence of major automobile manufacturers in this region. According to the recent OICA reports, more than 50% of global vehicles…

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USTMA Launches First Industry Sustainability Report

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WASHINGTON, DC – January 28, 2019 – The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) today released its first U.S. industry sustainability report presenting its members’ collective progress and shared vision for a sustainable U.S. tire manufacturing industry.

“Sustainability drives our members’ business practices and operating principles,” said Anne Forristall Luke, President and CEO of USTMA. “From engineering innovations that maximize tire longevity and performance, to ensuring driver and employee safety, to preserving the environment throughout the life cycle of a tire, our members are continually looking for ways to improve the societal contributions of their products and operations.”

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Increasing carbon black capacity an industry priority, latest Smithers Rapra research shows

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Increasing carbon black capacity an industry priority, latest Smithers Rapra research shows

According to The Future of Carbon Black to 2023, a new market report from Smithers Rapra, increasing carbon black production capacity is an industry priority for the five years to 2023. More than 70% of all carbon black produced is used in the production of tires, and demand for the fossil fuel-based rubber reinforcing agent continues to grow in relation to increasing global vehicle and tire demand. Industrial and middle class growth in emerging markets is driving the need for greater carbon black supply.

Data from the new Smithers Rapra market report estimates global carbon black demand at around 12.03 million tons in 2013. The market will increase to a projected total of 14.55 million tons in 2018. Across the same time period the projected value in the market has risen from $18.1 billion to $19.9 billion.

Global demand for carbon black is forecast to increase to reach almost 18 million tons in 2023, an average year-on-year increase of 4.3%, Smithers Rapra data shows. Total value will increase significantly faster and the market will be worth $30.4 billion. The market is driven primarily by continued large investments in capacity for passenger vehicle tires and light truck tires, and a stable replacement market. Carbon black has a stable growth profile, with a compound annual growth rate (by volume) of around 3.9% during 2013–18.

Several key trends are driving the increased demand for carbon black globally.

Changes in the tire market

Because the tire industry consumed 73.5% of the global volumes of carbon black in 2017, changes in the tire manufacturing industry are putting new pressures on carbon black producers. In the US, capacity utilization in all sectors of tire production is in the 70%–80% range, but tire size and structure are changing. Tires are getting wider with smaller sidewalls, which creates more demand for tread blacks, and less demand for carcass carbon blacks. The most popular rim size has increased from 14-16 inches and reached 18 inches in 2018.

Industry consolidation

There is a trend toward merger and acquisition (M&A) activities in the carbon black industry worldwide. The growing consolidation within the carbon black industry is inevitable to meet market demand for quality products at competitive pricing. This benefits larger suppliers.

The top three carbon black producers are Cabot, Aditya Birla and Orion Engineered Carbons. In

2017 these three companies produced around 39.2% of global supply. To meet growing demand, Cabot has strengthened its position with multiple expansion projects, while Aditya Birla has doubled its capacity by acquiring Columbian Chemical’s assets. The India-based firm is now present in 12 countries with 17 manufacturing facilities.

For Chinese producers the emphasis is more on increasing operating rates and realizing higher pricing and profit margins. However, still more new carbon black production capacity is required to meet the growing demand during 2018–23.

Environmental issues and government regulations

Environmental issues and national government regulations are playing an important role in the M&A activity, shifting production sites around the world; as does a renewed focus on lean manufacturing. In the US, for example, the five major domestic carbon black makers have signed consent agreements with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – three of them in 2017 – to reduce toxic emissions from their plants. The expense of complying with these environmental consent agreements will hamper investment in production capacity to the end of the current decade.

Shifting trade patterns

The international market in carbon black trading across 2013–23 will experience change. Most significantly, since 2015 North America has become a net importer, due to an increase in demand for carbon black based on reinvigorated domestic tire production. Since 2015 the Middle East has switched from net imports to exports. New production facilities in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have created a surplus of carbon black for exporting within the Middle East, and beyond its borders to Africa and Western Europe.

China was the leading global exporter of the commodity, and this is expected to continue during 2018–23. Thailand and Indonesia are its main trade partners, followed by India, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Recently, China has started to export more carbon black to the US, Western Europe, Poland and Turkey. This has led to protectionist measures – anti-dumping measures in some countries – most recently in India and the US.

For more information about Smithers Rapra’s The Future of Carbon Black to 2023 market report, visit: https://www.smithersrapra.com/market-reports/tire-industry-market-reports/the-future-of-carbon-black-to-2023.

 

Top rubber growers mull cutting exports 300,000 tons: Indonesia

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JAKARTA (Jan 16): A technical team at the International Tripartite Rubber Council has proposed cutting shipments of natural rubber by 300,000 tons this year as part of efforts to improve prices, says Oke Nurwan, director general of foreign trade at Indonesia’s Trade Ministry.

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Lanxess launches online marketplace for chemicals trading

Cologne, Germany – German polymers & chemicals maker Lanxess AG has launched an online marketplace for chemical products.

Headquartered in Cologne, CheMondis is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lanxess, but has its own workforce, branding and IT systems.

The trading hub is set up as “a cross-manufacturer and cross-dealer B2B platform on which products can be bought and sold,” Lanxess announced 22 Jan.

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Phillips Carbon Black plans overseas R&D centre

Phillips Carbon Black Ltd. (PCBL) is planning to set up an overseas R&D centre, its chairman Sanjiv Goenka said.

This centre is likely to help the company find new applications and a diversified product mix for the carbon black that PCBL produces across its four plants in India. It plans to double the share of value-added products to 15% in two years. Indications were that the R&D centre may be located in Europe and could be either a new unit or acquired.

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