Petrochemical demand alone could fall by between 2.4 million and 4 million metric tons because of the virus, according to Bill Hyde, senior director-olefins and elastomers at Houston-based analytics firm IHS Markit.
MAASTRICHT, Netherlands—Arlanxeo has completed a upgrade of its chloroprene rubber production facilities in Dormagen, Germany, bringing the total production capacity at the site to 70,000 metric tons per year.
CLEVELAND—ACS Rubber Division’s 2019 International Elastomer Conference kicked off Oct. 8 at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland with a keynote presentation, the opening of the conference expo and an array of networking opportunities.
Billed as the ‘world’s No. 1 trade fair for plastics and rubber, K2019 will take place 16-23 Oct in Düsseldorf, Germany, with over 3000 registered exhibitors and over 200,000 visitors expected to attend.
Over the eight days, participants from across the global plastics and rubber industries will meet here to show and learn about new materials and manufacturing technologies – and discuss current issues around sustainability and other challenges facing the polymer sector.
Tokyo, Japan – Zeon Corp.’s elastomers business has reported weaker first quarter results, on sluggish automotive demand and plant shutdowns.
Net sales for the elastomers segment – comprised of ‘rubbers’, latex and chemicals segments – fell 8% year-on-year to Yen47.1 billion in the three months to end of June, the Japanese materials supplier announced 31 July.
Similarly, sales volume fell 8% to 147 kilotonnes, as all business units reported a decline.
The Boston-based company has been carrying out liquid mixing of elastomer composites at the site since 1995 and was under a 10-year exclusive technology license with Michelin until recently. In 2017, Cabot announced an investment to expand the elastomer composites product line to serve a broader customer base.
STREETSBORO, Ohio—Compounding firm Aurora Plastics L.L.C. shows no signs of slowing its growth after purchasing Elastocon TPE Technologies Inc., Aurora’s fourth acquisition in two years.
For Aurora, acquiring Springfield, Ill.-based Elastocon “increases our presence in thermoplastic elastomers and allows us to build on an existing franchise,” CEO Darrell Hughes said.
RIPLEY, Miss.—After spending more than 15 years in the rubber industry, Steve Glidewell got the entrepreneurial urge. So he formed Elite Elastomers and things have grown from there.
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
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.