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.

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Smithers Rapra Course: Introduction to Silicone Elastomers

This course will take place over one day, commencing at 9.15am and finishing at 4.30pm.

The properties and processing of silicone elastomers are often very different from other Elastomers. 

This course is structured to provide an understanding and overview of the main types of silicone elastomer currently available and will give a comparison of chemical structure; manufacturers; grades; properties; compounding; processing and applications between each type.

Enough basic polymer science is included to understand these topics, and extensive use will be made of samples and other visual aids to assist. Reference is made to the place of silicone rubber relative to other commercial polymers.

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Sibur rubber sales up 10% in 2017

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Moscow – PAO Sibur Holding has reported a significant rise in synthetic rubber sales in its operational and financial results for full year 2017.

Sales of ‘elastomers’ increased by 9.7% year-on-year to 485 kilotonnes, according to the 28 Feb statement from the Russian energy and petrochemicals major.

Sibur linked the gains to increased capacity loading at its SBS production facility in Voronezh on the back of improved market conditions.

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Synthetic rubber producer Arlanxeo proposes tire sealant material

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HANNOVER, Germany — Synthetic rubber producer Arlanxeo Performance Elastomers has developed an elastomer compound that it claims seals punctures, making it ideal for use in self-sealing tires. Arlanxeo — a joint venture of Germany\’s Lanxess A.G. and Saudi Aramco of Saudi Arabia — did not disclose specifics as to the type of elastomer nor say…

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