Kuraray’s liquid rubber enhances ice grip


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


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


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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Polymax TPE expands production


WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Polymax Thermoplastic Elastomers, a manufacturer and custom compounder of thermoplastic elastomers, will increase the size of its production operation, adding about 8 million pounds of annual capacity.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS, 20 Dec 2017—The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP) has published the 20th edition of Synthetic Rubber Manual, the world’s leading source for synthetic rubber products grade information worldwide. The Manual also includes detailed contact information of global synthetic rubber producers and summaries of the major elastomers. “The book, widely used by the elastomer downstream customers and marketing planners includes product applications”, according to with Juan R. Salinas, IISRP’s Managing Director, and CEO. It is recognized internationally as the standard reference in the synthetic rubber industry. The book is available at the IISRP for $ 450.00 USD for the general public. $ 225.00 USD for IISRP members and $ 5,000.00 USD for non-members producers. 

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Elastomer Valley encourages training, knowledge


SHERBROOKE, Quebec—Elastomer Valley is continuing to support the industry by building up its training program and laying the foundation for a new research and development facility.

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Synthetic Rubber Market Worth 37.82 Billion USD by 2022


The report “Synthetic Rubber Market by Type (SBR, BR, SBC, EPDM, IIR, NBR), Application (Tire, Non-Tire Automotive, Footwear, Industrial), and Region (North AmericaEuropeAsia PacificSouth America, and Middle East & Africa) – Global Forecast to 2022″ published by MarketsandMarkets™, the market is estimated to be USD 28.88 Billion in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 37.82 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 5.5% between 2017 and 2022. The Synthetic Rubber Market is driven by the rising demand for synthetic rubbers in applications such as tire, non-tire automotive, footwear, and industrial.


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ERJ Top 10 Technology Stories


ERJ focus on significant developments and advances in rubber materials, processing and application technologies:

Mesnac advances “most intelligent” TBM

TIRE MANUFACTURE – Mesnac has recently introduced what it said was “the most intelligent tire building machine (TBM) designed independently in China”. The PS2A PCR machine, features ‘synchronous turn-up’ and intelligent control technologies, and achieves cycle times of less than 40s…

Yokohama taps ‘informatics’ to accelerate rubber research

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Cabot Corporation Selects Nexeo Solutions as Distribution Partner

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Oct. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nexeo Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXEO) a leading global chemicals and plastics distributor, announced a new distribution agreement with Cabot Corporation (NYSE:CBT) a global specialty chemicals and performance materials company, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

This new agreement starting in October will make Cabot’s specialty carbon, fumed silica, fumed alumina, dispersions, and aerogel product lines available to current and prospective U.S. based Nexeo customers in the states of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Nexeo Solutions was chosen for its ability to continue Cabot’s tradition of high-quality customer care and technically capable sales support. Through this agreement, Cabot will enhance customer engagement by leveraging Nexeo Solutions’ market specific commercial and technical expertise that aligns with Cabot’s product lines. In addition, Cabot will benefit from Nexeo Solutions’ complementary product offerings as well as their strong infrastructure and integrated systems.

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