PORT NECHES, Texas–Lion Elastomers is increasing the role of T.L. Squire & Co. as its North American distribution partner for reselling cold styrene butadiene rubber, Royalene and Royaltherm to selected accounts.
KIYOSU, Japan-Toyoda Gosei is purchasing a majority stake in Hubei Rock Rubber and Seal Technology to strengthen its automotive parts business in China.
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.
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.
COLOGNE, Germany–Lanxess plans to sell its remaining 50 percent stake in Arlanxeo to its joint venture partner Saudi Aramco.
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.
The Synthetic Rubber Market is Estimated to Be USD 28.88 Billion in 2017 And is Projected to Reach USD 37.82 Billion By 2022, Registering a CAGR of 5.5% Between 2017 And 2022.
Synthetic rubber is mostly produced from crude oil and natural gas, by the polymerization of monomers. Although used in a wide range of applications, its major application is in tires. There has been a growing demand for synthetic rubber from applications, such as tire, non-tire automotive, footwear, industrial, and others. Environmental regulations related to synthetic rubber may act as a restraint for the synthetic rubber market.
Based on type, the NBR (nitrile butadiene rubber) segment is projected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period. NBR is mostly used in applications where high oil resistance is required. Increasing demand for hoses, belts, and cables in the manufacturing and automotive industries in APAC, is likely to fuel the growth of the NBR segment over the forecast period. Rapid industrialization in China and India is anticipated to drive the demand for NBR in APAC over the next six years.
The report “Synthetic Rubber Market by Type (SBR, BR, SBC, EPDM, IIR, NBR), Application (Tire, Non-Tire Automotive, Footwear, Industrial), and Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South 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.
Starting 9 September, Jorge Nogueira is chief executive officer of Arlanxeo. He succeeds Jan Paul de Vries, who has left the synthetic rubber manufacturer to “seek a new professional challenge.” Prior to his appointment as CEO, Nogueira headed the company’s Tire & Specialty Rubbers (TSR) business unit, and he been a member of the Arlanxeo Executive Board since the joint venture was founded in April 2016.
The global automotive rubber moulded components sales grew from 65 million during the 2008-09 recession to over 89 million in 2015, with a spike of over 19% during the past seven years. In light of the growing demand for fuel-efficient and less polluting vehicles, the market for lightweight automotive components of higher durability is on the rise. Further, with chemical companies such as Chem-Trend coming up with better release agents and moulding process aids, the market for automotive rubber moulded components is expected to touch USD 45.16 billion by 2021. Technological advancements have been the major trigger for this growth. Innovations such as Ford’s eco-friendly rubber parts using soy oil and research labs trying to come up with better and durable rubber materials like EPDM are expected to drive the market at a CAGR of 6.26% by till 2022.