Hankook Partners with Amazon for Tire Compound Prediction Modeling

Hankook Tire is partnering with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to incorporate more digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data.

Hankook Tire recently developed a Virtual Compound Design (VCD) system, which predicts the characteristics of tire compounds and finds an optimal combination through artificial intelligence analysis, the company says.

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Sumitomo Rubber claims breakthrough for tire material observation

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Kobe, Japan – Sumitomo Rubber Industries and Japan’s Ibaraki University have jointly developed a new technique for selectively observing any of the various materials in tire rubber.

Using a new particle beam microscope developed by Ibaraki University, the “groundbreaking technique” makes it possible to evaluate the rubber that is used in mass-produced tires rather than processed test samples, said Sumitomo 23 Jan.

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Kraton expands line with pine-based alternatives

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CLEVELAND—Kraton Corp.’s newest products have a similar feel, and that’s a good thing.

The firm unveiled its Sylvatraxx 8000 tread enhancement additives grades, which it said are designed to optimize the balance between wet traction and rolling resistance in silica-filled passenger car tire treads, specifically for high-performance all-season tires.

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Ergon positioned to serve evolving market

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CLEVELAND—The rubber processing oils market has seen a number of changes during the years, including a shift in the focus of big refineries that aren’t likely to supply RPOs anymore and changes in materials brought on by regulations.

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DRI makes deal, invests for future growth

COLDWATER, Ohio—Recycled rubber compounder DRI Rubber has grown rapidly in a short span thanks partially to an acquisition and a plant expansion, along with the addition of more machinery and personnel.

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Smithers sets webinar on silica in tire compounding for Dec. 4

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AKRON — Smithers Group is planning a one-hour webinar for Dec. 4 on the use of silica in tire compounding featuring Bruce Lambillotte, vice president of technical consulting for Smithers and an industry veteran with more than 40 years of experience.

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Technology: Bridgestone unveils new polymer rubber/resin polymer

Tokyo – Bridgestone Corp. has unveiled what it describes as the “world’s first” polymer that bonds rubbers and resins on the molecular level. Named Susym, the “next-generation” polymer material is expected to find applications in various fields that exceed the scope of use as a tire material, the Japanese tire & rubber company announced 11 Oc. The product, said Bridgestone, is the next step in the evolution of the company’s “high strength rubber”, unveiled in May 2018.

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JSR launches new SBR for high performance tires

Tokyo – JSR Corp. has developed a new styrene butadiene copolymer rubber (SBR) for automotive tires with “significantly improved” mechanical strength and wear resistance compared to conventional SBR, the company announced 3 Sept.

Developed to meet the demands of future mobility, the new rubber combines JSR’s “unique polymerisation and hydrogenation technologies” to control the number of unsaturated bonds in the material.

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Hillenbrand to buy Milacron in $2 billion deal

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BATESVILLE, Ind.—Hillenbrand Inc., the Batesville-based parent company of compounding extruder maker Coperion and auxiliary equipment firms K-Tron and Rotex, is buying Milacron Holdings Corp. in a cash and stock deal valued at about $2 billion.

Executives of both companies said one key area will be in extruders, making a combined, stronger and more diversified company.

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Updated: ExxonMobil introduces new tire material at Future Tire

Cologne, Germany – ExxonMobil Chemical introduced a newly-developed inner liner material that can significantly improve air retention in tires at the Future Tire – Sustainability conference in Cologne.

Branded Exxpro 3563, the high para-methyl styrene copolymer* can achieve a 50% improvement in air retention compared to currently used materials, said Arancha Guisuraga, global market development manager, specialty elastomer and…

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