US university develops rubber-reinforced bioplastics

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Columbus, Ohio – Researchers at the Ohio State University have combined natural rubber with bioplastics to develop a “tough and flexible” biodegradable material.

The biocompound is “a much stronger replacement for plastic,” said the university in a report published in the journal Polymer in March.

The study involved melting rubber into plant-derived poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) along with organic peroxide and trimethylolpropane triacrylate (TMPTA).

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Katrina Cornish to advise dandelion rubber startup

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WOOSTER, Ohio—Katrina Cornish has taken on many roles in more than 30 years as a world-renowned researcher in alternative sources of natural rubber.

As of Feb. 28, Cornish added a new role: scientific adviser to a start-up hydroponic dandelion rubber company, Chicago-based American Sustainable Rubber Co. L.L.C.

ASR chose Cornish for her extensive research into developing hydroponic indoor cultivation of the Taraxacum kok-saghyz (TKS) dandelion, as well as her general experience in alternative rubber production, bio-based fillers and feedstocks from agriculture and food processing wastes for value-added products and biofuels.

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Bridgestone Joins International Space Exploration Mission with JAXA and Toyota

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.April 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Bridgestone Corporation today announced that it will take part in an international space exploration mission together with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corporation. Recently announced by JAXA and Toyota, the goals of this mission are to expand the domain of human activity and develop intellectual property on space exploration. Bridgestone’s mission assignment is to research the performance needs of tires for use on manned, pressurized rovers*1 in order to help these rovers make better contact with the surface of the moon.

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Goodyear branches out to address new mobility trends

AKRON—Chris Helsel, Goodyear’s senior vice president and chief technology officer, must need a large score card to keep up with the activities of his global research and development team.

Working out of four global innovation labs, the Akron-based firm has a broad range of ongoing projects, many focused on the future of transportation and mobility, and others looking to improve the performance of its tires that are used in today’s world. There are numerous partnerships, trends to keep up with and splashes to be made at such iconic venues as the recent Geneva International Motor Show.

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VW eyes buying big stake in China partner JAC, report says

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HONG KONG — Volkswagen Group is exploring purchasing a big stake in its Chinese electric-vehicle joint-venture partner JAC Motors and has tapped Goldman Sachs as an adviser on the plan, people with direct knowledge of the matter said. The move by VW, the largest foreign automaker in China, to buy into JAC is the latest step by foreign automakers to increase their stakes in their Chinese joint venture partners or in the ventures themselves since Beijing relaxed ownership rules last year in the world’s biggest car market. BMW agreed in October to buy control of its main joint venture in …

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Synthetic rubber outperforms natural rubber for the first time

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Initial testing of tires made from the nature-identical, biomimetic synthetic rubber (BISYKA) shows that they achieve around 30 to 50 percent less abrasion compared to natural rubber tires. … 

On April 4, 2019, the researchers present their results at a transfer workshop at the annual conference of the German Rubber Society, East (Deutsche Kautschuk-Gesellschaft Ost) in Merseburg, Germany.

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Continental to Showcase ContiLogger Cosultancy Concept at 2019 Bauma

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Continental will be showcasing its latest ContiLogger consultancy concept that incorporates tires, hardware, software and data in an innovative service concept, at this year’s bauma in Munich.

The event is to take place from April 8 to 14 in Munich. The Contilogger consultancy concept allows Continental to effectively link the company’s expertise and its end user even more closely.

ContiLogger service concept

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Synthetic rubber development could yield improved truck tires

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POTSDAM, Germany — Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research in Germany have developed a polyisoprene synthetic rubber they claim can exceed the treadwear performance of natural rubber in truck tires.

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Hankook Tire Partners with Rinspeed on Visionary Project

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Hankook Tire has partnered with Rinspeed to equip their micro vehicle system “microSNAP”.

The company’s tires from its flagship-UHP Ventus S1 evo line in 195/40R17 size are fitted on the micro vehicles.

The temporary combination of chassis and bodies in the micro vehicle system allows for a flexible and sustainable usage. Hankook’s high performance tire with balanced environmental properties helps support this new system.

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Elite Elastomers finds its niche in rubber industry

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.

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