Xingda Steel Tyre Cord opens office in Luxembourg

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Xingda Steel Tyre Cord has established an office in Luxembourg, enabling it to better serve customers in Europe while also expanding its footprint.

Senior execs celebrated at the opening ceremony in December last year, which was also attended by world-renowned rubber and tire manufacturers.

The company is systematically increasing its global footprint and also recently established a subsidiary in the USA, Xingda American Company, and has opened a plant in Thailand.

Read the source article at Tire Technology International

Latest Rubber Industry Report now available from IRSG

As the sole international body representing the global rubber industry, with its remit centred largely on the provision of timely and relevant economic and statistical information to industry stakeholders, the Secretariat of the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) publishes data on production, consumption, trade and prices – covering both natural rubber (NR) and synthetic rubber (SR) – on a quarterly basis in its flagship documents, the Rubber Statistical Bulletin and the Rubber Industry Report.

The October – December 2018 edition of Rubber Industry Report is now available from the IRSG. Annual subscriptions and single copies can be purchased by non-members via the website …

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Technology: NISSO advances epoxylated polybutadienes

Tokyo –  Nippon Soda (NISSO) is advancing the chemistry and materials science around its epoxylated polybutadienes, which allow the cross-linking reaction of 1,2-vinyl groups and the ring-opening reaction of epoxy groups

Applications include excipients in rubbers and resins and raw materials for adhesives, paints, and coatings, with NISSO also introducing new halogen rubber formulations for CSM rubber compounds.

Another focus is on providing new alternatives to the usage…

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Yokohama Rubber to exhibit ‘hobby tyres’, wheels at Tokyo Auto Salon 2019

Yokohama Rubber will participate in the Tokyo Auto Salon 2019 between 11 and 13 January at Makuhari Messe. The company will showcase its tyre and aluminium wheel products. Yokohama adds that it will have a special focus on its “hobby tyres” – those for motorsport or classic car applications. The booth will also introduce its motorsport activities, which it states make important contributions to its technology development for consumer tyres.

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Doublestar set to inaugurate 4.0 tire plant

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Qingdao, China – Doublestar will bring its ‘Industry 4.0 high performance green passenger car tire’ plant on stream shortly, the company announced 21 Dec.

The tire maker declined to provide further details – including about the start-up date – but indicated that it had completed trialling and optimisation phases on the €105 million (826.7 million yuan) project.

Construction work on the 6 million unit/year facility, located at Doublestar’s site in Qingdao, started in 2016.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

GM Brings You 10 Automotive Trends to Watch in 2019

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GM International , which oversees the Chevrolet , Holden, and Cadillac brands in the Asia-Pacific region , collaborated with Richard Watson , founder of NowAndNext.com and author of ‘Digital Vs. Human,’ for his Top 10 automotive trends to watch in 2019 .

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China says direct trade talks with U.S. in January, pledges more opening | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) – China and the United States have made plans for face-to-face consultations over trade in January, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday, as the world’s two biggest economies advanced efforts to resolve a months-long trade war. Consultations through “intensive” telephone calls will continue in the meantime, Gao Feng, spokesman at the commerce ministry, told reporters, adding that talks have been steadily moving forward despite the Christmas break in the United States.

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World NR supply up 5.5% during Jan-Oct, 2018: ANRPC

The Natural Rubber Trends and Statistics report by the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) in October 2018 has stated that the world production of natural rubber (NR) from January 2018 to October 2018 amounted to 11.468 million tonnes, an increase of 5.5% from the same period in a year earlier. The livelihood of rubber farmers was affected by the prevailing low rubber prices and unfavourable climate condition in member countries.

Read the source article at Rubber Asia

2018 Top 10: Raw material volatility

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Prices for raw materials continued to increase in 2018, causing a widespread impact throughout the tire and rubber industries in our No. 3 story of the year.

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JK Tyre launches Internet of Things platform

New Delhi – JK Tyre & Industries Ltd has implemented an industrial internet of things (IoT) platform from US-based Altizon Systems at one of its tire manufacturing plants.

The move is part of a “digital transformation” to enhance visibility and predictability across the manufacturing value-chain, JK Tyre said in a 17 Dec release.

Altizon’s Datonis ‘manufacturing intelligence platform’ will help improve asset-utilisation and reduce conversion-cost per unit of production, the tire maker added.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal