Lanxess to sell stake in Arlanxeo to Saudi Aramco

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COLOGNE, Germany–Lanxess plans to sell its remaining 50 percent stake in Arlanxeo to its joint venture partner Saudi Aramco.

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Bridgestone develops world’s first polymer using advanced synthetic technology for forming hybrid polymer

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In its pursuit of more sustainable materials, Bridgestone has successfully developed what is claimed to be the world’s first polymer to bond rubber and resins at the molecular level.

This new polymer is extremely high durability, with crack resistance more than five times higher than natural rubber, abrasion resistance more than 2.5 times higher, and tensile strength more than 1.5 times higher than natural rubber, which itself has a greater destruction resistance than common synthetic rubber.

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New chemicals and additives for tire production from Lanxess

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Lanxess has revealed details of a number of additives for higher-performance rubber and easier production. Its range of Rhenogran products are designed to shorten mixing times, lower processing temperatures and improve the quality of the finished tires.

Rhenogran CLD-80 is a sulphur donor that ensures a stable vulcanization network by forming mainly mono- and disulfidic bridges. Lanxess says this results in excellent heat aging resistance of the vulcanizates and prevents premature reversion.

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A World of Opportunity for the Automotive Aftermarket

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The automotive aftermarket parts industry is expected to see global sales grow by 6% over the next seven years as the need for parts worldwide increases. Smart companies should be working now to earn a piece of that business.

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Nexeo Solutions Named Distributor in Canada for Cabot Corporation

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, June 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nexeo Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXEO) and Cabot Corporation (“Cabot”) have expanded their agreement to distribute Cabot’s specialty carbon, fumed silica, fumed alumina, dispersion, and aerogel product lines in Canada. …

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“Working with Nexeo Solutions to distribute our high-value products to customers has proven to bring numerous benefits to our customers,” said Bill Masterson, Cabot North American Commercial Director, Performance Chemicals segment. “We are pleased to expand our partnership with Nexeo Solutions and believe that working with a global leader that shares our drive for technical innovation will help deliver meaningful benefits to our customers in Canada.”

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Raw-materials prices still volatile

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WASHINGTON — Volatility in raw materials prices for tires and rubber goods has moderated since last year, but is far from gone, according to manufacturers and industry analysts.

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Nycoa debuts a nylon-based TPE

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ORLANDO, Fla.—Nylon Corp. of America (Nycoa) will commercialize a new line of nylon-based thermoplastic elastomers by the end of the year.

The materials, to be sold under the Ny-Flex trade name, are in pilot-scale production, Pratik Shah, vice president of new business development and research and development, said in a May 9 interview at NPE2018 in Orlando.

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Market forces tighten silicone sector supply, spike prices

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AKRON—Tightness in silicone supply is straining the market, bringing on higher prices and causing trouble for steady sources, with no relief in sight until at least 2019, industry insiders said.

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South Carolina manufacturing center adds liquid sodium silicate facility

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GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—A new liquid sodium silicate facility at the Charleston International Manufacturing Center at Bushy Park in Goose Creek is a bid to support companies like Evonik Industries.

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LyondellBasel Industries: Great Long-Term Investment

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It’s been quite hard to find companies that produce high returns with little capital investments to maintain their underlying economic earnings. LyondellBasell Industries (NYSE:LYB) is one of those great franchise companies that Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) and Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio) would probably purchase.

 

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