Study: Rubber turf doesn’t raise cancer risk

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 10, 2017)— A newly issued analysis from the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) concluded there is no evidence that cancer rates among young athletes are increased by playing on crumb rubber athletic turf.

“We did not find the number of cancers among soccer players, select and premier players or goalkeepers reported to the project team to be higher than expected based on Washington cancer rates for people of the same ages,” said the executive summary of the analysis from the WSDOH.

A coalition of three synthetic turf associations — the Recycled Rubber Council (RRC), the Safe Fields Alliance and the Synthetic Turf Council — said they were pleased but not surprised by the results of the WSDOH analysis.

Read the source article at Tire Business

Bridgestone, Conti and SRI win at TTI Awards

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Sustainable innovation, and next-generation information and communication technologies were championed at this year’s Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence.

The awards are decided by the votes of a 27-strong panel of experts from the tire industry and academia, with the winners announced last night (Wednesday, February 15) during Tire Technology Expo, at a Gala Dinner at the Hannover Congress Centrum.

This year’s winners are testament to how the latest consumer electronics and cutting-edge information communication technology are being successfully adopted into tire design and manufacturing, yielding great results.

Graham Heeps, editor, Tire Technology International & chairman of the judging panel said: “Cutting-edge sustainability and information technology is more prominent than ever among this year’s winners, showing that the tire industry is at the forefront of high-tech research, development and manufacturing. The judging panel was impressed by the strength in depth among this year’s finalists. Picking the winners gets harder every year!”

Bridgestone was awarded Tire Manufacturing Innovation of the Year with judges overwhelmingly voting for the brand’s Examation tire assembly system. Examation combines revolutionary artificial intelligence with information and communication technologies, for improved quality and enhanced factory productivity.

Versalis/Genomatica won the Environmental Achievement of the Year award for their long-term project to create renewable butadiene. The companies embarked on the joint venture in a bid to address concerns around potential butadiene shortages and price increases. In a demonstration run in 2016, several kilograms of renewable butadiene were prepared starting from commercial sugars, with polymerization tests showing no differences between the polybutadiene prepared from fossil or renewable feedstock.

Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI, producers of Falken tires) won the Tire Technology of the Year category for a record third time with its Advanced 4D Nano Design, which makes is possible to perform highly realistic simulations of the complex internal structures and behaviours of rubber materials at the nanoscale. The technology is being used to develop next-generation tire materials, including a new tread rubber that doubled the wear performance of SRI’s standard tread rubber from 2011.

The Tire Industry Supplier of the Year award was presented to Harm Voortman, president and CEO, VMI Group. Judges recognized the launch of VMI’s Milexx truck-tire building machine, along with further debuts including its Retrax automated pre-cure tread applicator, Pixxel vision system, and its new manufacturing facility in Leszno, Poland, operational from Q2 2017.

In the hotly contested Tire Manufacturer of the Year category it was Continental who scooped the prize, beating off stiff competition from Hankook, Michelin and Yokohama.

A raft of major R&D and production investments were unveiled by Continental in 2016, with German projects including a new high-performance technical center and a dedicated dandelion-rubber research center. In September, the first truck test tires containing dandelion rubber were revealed, with production expected to follow in 5-10 years.

Two specialist awards were also presented. TU Dresden PhD candidate, Pavel Sarkisov took home the Young Scientist Prize after delivering an impressive conference paper entitled “Optical measurement of tire deformation focused on transient handling properties”. Meanwhile tire materials expert, Gert Heinrich, director of the Institute of Polymer Materials at the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research in Dresden, and Continental’s former head of materials research, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more on all the winners, head to www.tiretechnology-expo.com.

Read the source article at Tire Technology International

Tire recycler Aliapur keeps a lid on costs

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Lyon, France – Amid all the price-rise announcement for new tires, French used tire collection and management company Aliapur has signalled some stability, at least in the recycling arena.

For 2017, Aliapur has announced that the ‘eco-contribution’ will remain unchanged for all categories of tires. The levy, therefore, remains at €1.25 for all passenger car tires, which account for two thirds of the total annual collection.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Crumb Rubber Athletic Turf — Health Department Analysis Finds No Cancer Link

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OLYMPIA, Wash.—A newly issued analysis from the Washington State Department of Health concluded there is no evidence that cancer rates among young athletes are increased by playing on crumb rubber athletic turf.

“We did not find the number of cancers among soccer players, select and premier players or goalkeepers reported to the project team to be higher than expected based on Washington cancer rates for people of the same ages,” said the executive summary of the analysis from the WSDOH.

A coalition of three synthetic turf associations—the Recycled Rubber Council, the Safe Fields Alliance and the Synthetic Turf Council—said they were pleased but not surprised by the results of the WSDOH analysis.

“The findings address an area of uncertainty and lend further credence to the many available scientific analyses on the subject with consistent conclusions,” said Michael Peterson, scientific adviser to the RRC. “The best evidence indicates there are no safety risks associated with chemicals found in recycled rubber infill.”

Read the source article at home.rubbernews.com

Tyre Derived Fuel reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Australia

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A new report prepared for Australian Tyre Recyclers Association (ATRA), “Carbon Value Proposition, Resource Recovery using Tyre Derived Fuels”, states that replacing one tonne of black coal with one tonne of TDF can save emissions of up to 1.05 tonnes of CO2-e into the atmosphere.

“This is good news for the environment when you consider the majority of used passenger and truck tyres in Australia are converted into a TDF and exported to high-end industrial facilities such as cement kilns and paper manufacturing plants in Japan and South Korea,” says ATRA Executive Officer Robert Kelman, adding:

“We could be using this fuel here and banking the greenhouse gas savings in Australia, after all there is no shortage of used passenger and truck tyres. The extremely high calorific value of TDF, makes it an attractive alternative fuel on an international scale and may ultimately be eligible domestically for energy efficiency or low emission credits”.

“Tyre-derived fuels address a challenging waste problem as well as providing a low carbon fuel at a cheaper rate than coal, even in Australia,” Jim Fairweather, CEO of Australia’s leading tyre recycler, Tyrecycle observed, continuing: “ATRA members export around 145,000 tonnes of TDF per year, which could increase further if a domestic market was established and greater access was given to tyres on mining sites and other tyre stockpiles”.

Read the source article at Tyrepress

Apollo Tyres’ revenue surges but margins skid as costs rise

No doubt, Apollo Tyres Ltd’s December quarter performance raced past Street expectations on all fronts. But rising raw material prices tempered the company’s profitability and the bigger concern is there is no sign of them cooling off.

In fact, Apollo Tyres’ management in the analysts’ call cautioned investors that there could be a 10% increase in overall raw material costs in the March quarter too. This is not surprising given that RSS Grade-4 rubber prices (used in tyre manufacture) alone surged by about 40% over the last 12 months. Other commodity prices like synthetic rubber, whose price is linked to crude oil, are up too.

No wonder then that the December quarter’s operating margin fell by about 270 basis points year-on-year to 14.4%, although higher than Bloomberg’s forecast. A basis point is one hundredth of a percentage point.

What came to Apollo Tyres’ rescue was its robust sales, which grew by 17.3% to Rs3,457 crore at the consolidated level.

Read the source article at Global Rubber Markets News

Study finds no increased rate of cancer among soccer players

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An investigation into a suspected cancer cluster among soccer players in Washington state found fewer than expected cases in the 5 to 24 age group, casting doubt on a theory that playing on artificial turf fields could increase the risk for cancer.

Officials from the Washington State Department of Health and the University of Washington School of Public Health launched the study after a coach for the UW women’s soccer team compiled a list of some 30 soccer players in the state who had been diagnosed with cancer, primarily Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, from the mid-1990s to 2015. The coach was particularly concerned about the number of goalkeepers with cancer and floated a theory that exposure to bits of recycled rubber used as infill in synthetic fields might be the cause. The list was later expanded to include more than 50 individuals with cancer, including some nonsoccer players who exercised on synthetic fields.

“We found that the number of cancers among all soccer players reported by the coach was less than expected, given rates of cancer in Washington residents of similar age,” said Dr. Cathy Wasserman, state epidemiologist for non-infectious conditions and lead investigator for the study.

The analysis calculated that given the number of soccer players in the state and the rate of cancer in the 5- to 24-year-old age group in the state, some 1,384 soccer players would develop cancer if there were no increased risk from synthetic turfs.

The finding suggests that the cancers reported by the coach, on its own, does not support a link between playing soccer and cancer. That was also true for goalkeepers and for players competing at higher levels, known as select or premier players.

Read the source article at bendbulletin.com

Arkansas Proposes Scrap-tire fee changes

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A bill was filed last week to overhaul parts of Arkansas’ scrap-tire management, establishing a different system of scrap-tire fees and electronic monitoring of tire shipments.

House Bill 1267, filed by state Rep. Lanny Fite, R-Benton, has been filed before the Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee of the House.

The bill is among the few dozen legislative priorities of Gov. Asa Hutchinson for 2017, and it comes more than a year after Fite first brought up issues he saw with the state’s waste-tire program with the joint House and Senate public health committees.

Fite said the bill would address the increasing financial strains on the state’s tire districts. He said three are in financial distress and more would be in distress by next year.

The state’s waste-tire program is operated by a dozen regional tire districts funded by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality but locally operated. Funds are based in part on the population of the district’s coverage area and in part on the number of tires the district reports processing.

Read the source article at ArkansasOnline.com

Nokian, From The Land Of Hakkapeliitta

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Summary

Russian market provides plenty of potential for future income growth.

Stable development from the Nordic and other growth markets together with a few strong winter seasons would intensify the growth even further.

A 50€ level could easily be achieved if the two above catalysts materialize.

In my previous article regarding Nokian Tyres (OTC:NKRKF), I was mainly focusing on current business segments and what type of factories the company had. This article will provide a more in-depth understanding about the company’s different market areas and a description of the current business environment. In addition, as majority of Nokian Tyres’ R&D costs are spent on tire testing, it is as well useful to look at what kind of test centers the company has.

Currently the share price is trading in mid-30s but it could quickly rise well above a 50€ level if the situation in Russia were to strengthen. Even a 60€ level could be reached if …

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Cortina Capital Corp. announces proposed Qualifying Transaction with Ecolomondo Corporation Inc.

Montreal, QC / TheNewswire / January 20, 2017 – Cortina Capital Corp. (TMXV: CCN.P) (Cortina” or the “Company”) is announcing that on January 14, 2017 it has entered into a definitive binding letter of intent (the “LOI”) with Ecolomondo Corporation Inc. (“Ecolomondo”), a private company incorporated under the Canada Business Corporation Act. According to such LOI, Cortina and Ecolomondo will complete a share purchase agreement whereby Cortina will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Ecolomondo for a price of $21,746,031 by issuing to Ecolomondo’s current shareholders, 155,328,790 Cortina common shares at a price of $0.14 per Cortina common share (the “Transaction”). This Transaction will constitute Cortina’s Qualifying Transaction (the “Qualifying Transaction”), as per Policy 2.4 of the TMX Venture Exchange (the “Exchange” or “TMX”).

Read the source article at news.morningstar.com