Trinseo first quarter sales fall 18%

Berwyn, Pennsylvania – Trinseo SA’s synthetic rubber (SR) business has reported a double-digit decline in first quarter sales due in part to Covid-19.

Over the three months to end of March, segment’s sales fell 18% to $102 million (€94 million) while earnings (adjusted EBITDA) grew 36% to $15 million.

The company linked the decrease in sales to a volume decline of 8% as customers cancelled solution styrene butadiene rubber (SSBR) orders due to Covid-19 impact.

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Global Rubber Processing Chemicals Market 2020: Market Size, Demand by Product, Application and Type of Rubber

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DUBLIN, April 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “Global Rubber Processing Chemicals – 7th Edition” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. This study covers the global market for rubber processing chemicals. Demand is provided in metric tons for 2008, 2013, and 2018, with…

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LyondellBasell Provides Estimated First Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Operational Update

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LyondellBasell Provides Estimated First Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Operational Update News provided by Apr 15, 2020, 08:55 ET Share this article HOUSTON and LONDON , April 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB ), one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world, today announced estimated first quarter financial results and provided an operational update. First quarter 2020 net income is expected to be in the range of $110 million to $180 million .

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Vegan material reduces CO2 during tyre production

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Speciality chemicals company Lanxess has added a plant-based raw material variant to the Aktiplast PP product range produced by its Rhein Chemie business unit. These processing promoters for polymer blends are used in the production of tyres and a wide range of technical rubber articles. Aktiplast PP-veg, which is based on renewable raw materials, was developed specifically in response to a customer requirement from Asia.

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Natural Resources Lifted By Trade, Growth Optimism

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Commodities and natural resource equities faced a number of headwinds leading up to October as fears around slowing growth in China and a strong U.S. dollar created less than ideal conditions for the space. As the quarter progressed, these were joined by concerns around Brexit […]

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Kraton expands line with pine-based alternatives

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CLEVELAND—Kraton Corp.’s newest products have a similar feel, and that’s a good thing.

The firm unveiled its Sylvatraxx 8000 tread enhancement additives grades, which it said are designed to optimize the balance between wet traction and rolling resistance in silica-filled passenger car tire treads, specifically for high-performance all-season tires.

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Ergon positioned to serve evolving market

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CLEVELAND—The rubber processing oils market has seen a number of changes during the years, including a shift in the focus of big refineries that aren’t likely to supply RPOs anymore and changes in materials brought on by regulations.

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LANXESS uses AI in product development

LANXESS has launched a project aimed at expanding its range of prepolymers using artificial intelligence (AI). The goal is to offer customers tailor-made polyurethane systems with even shorter lead times, including for entirely new applications with different requirements. The Urethane Systems business unit is using the potential of AI and has brought materials AI company Citrine Informatics on board as a project partner.

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Michelin, partners building large-scale bio-BD plant

Paris – Michelin and its partners, IFP Energies Nouvelles and Axens, are scaling up their BioButterfly project with the construction of an “industrial prototype” plant for the production of bio-based butadiene.

Launched in late 2012, the €70-million BioButterfly project is a 10-year scheme aiming to produce butadiene from plant-based ethanol, to be used for the production of environmentally-friendly synthetic rubber.

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Firestone, Dow contribute to energy modeling tool

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MIDLAND, Mich.—Dow will collaborate with Firestone Building Products L.L.C. to create an energy modeling tool for analysis of the use of polyurethane roofing insulation from Firestone.

The tool will accurately describe reductions in cost, energy and greenhouse gas emissions of commercial structures using the Isogard-brand insulation material, according to a Firestone news release.

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