Synthetic rubber prices likely to remain volatile

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AKRON—Prices for synthetic rubber and petrochemical feedstocks have been “incredibly volatile” and are likely to remain so for a while, according to a speaker at the International Tire Exhibition & Conference in Akron Sept. 11-13.

“Energy- and economy-related fundamentals in the synthetic rubber market are encouraging, but risks abound,” said Bill Hyde, executive director-olefins and elastomers at IHS Markit.

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Deep rubber ties push ExxonMobil forward

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HOUSTON—ExxonMobil Chemical Co. operates in three main elastomer markets, and in each case the firm was involved right from the start.

That means the Houston-based business of ExxonMobil Corp. has seen its ExxonMobil butyl rubber business operate for roughly 80 years, its Vistalon-brand EPDM unit for 55 years and its Santoprene-brand thermoplastic vulcanizate operation—the baby of the family—for more than 40 years.

And with that history, the company believes it has the knowledge, the technical know-how and the supporting business in place to continue achieving success now and in the future, whether that means in traditional businesses or the evolving new world of transportation, said Kurt Aerts, ExxonMobil vice president for specialty elastomers and butyl polymers.

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ContiTech opens 3D blow moulding plant in China

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Changshu, China – ContiTech AG has expanded its footprint in China with the opening of a production plant for 3D blow mould hoses in Changshu.

The company announced 28 Aug that the RMB 70 million (€10 million) production unit will supply hoses for high-performance turbochargers for automotive OEMs.

The hoses, ContiTech confirmed to ERJ, will be made of thermoplastic elastomers, expanding the company’s products and solutions portfolio within the Chinese automotive industry.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Game Changing Technology: The tires of the future (part 1)

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The tire of the future will be round, probably black and more than likely pneumatic.

Beyond that, the variables in play—new materials, new manufacturing methods, changing vehicle designs and needs, etc.—present an evolving spider web of tire design parameters that put all design features, except round, into play.

To gain insight into how the tire industry perceives the tire of tomorrow, Rubber & Plastics News surveyed a handful of major tire makers, asking about a number of game-changing aspects of tire design.

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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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New Products: Denka develops new high-performance elastomer

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TOKYO—Denka has developed its third high-performance elastomer, dubbed Evolmer, which can be used as an alternative to hydrogenated nitrile rubber.

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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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Kuraray’s liquid rubber enhances ice grip

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TOKYO — Specialty chemicals producer Kuraray Co. Ltd. has developed a reactive liquid rubber that it claims can be used in tread compounds to enhance the ice-grip performance of winter tires.

Read the source article at Tire Business