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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
The company has entered into an agreement to merge its defense business and other operations in Acton Vale, Quebec, with Critical Solutions International Inc., a privately owned Charleston, S.C.-based global supplier of route clearance vehicles, countermine and survivability products to U.S. and foreign military forces.
The office will serve as a regional headquarters for Toyoda Gosei North America Corp., which is based in Troy, Michigan. Certain functions, including design and sales of interior products and airbags, will be relocated from TGNA’s head office in Troy to the Dublin unit, which is set for operation in July.
STREETSBORO, Ohio—Compounding firm Aurora Plastics L.L.C. shows no signs of slowing its growth after purchasing Elastocon TPE Technologies Inc., Aurora’s fourth acquisition in two years.
For Aurora, acquiring Springfield, Ill.-based Elastocon “increases our presence in thermoplastic elastomers and allows us to build on an existing franchise,” CEO Darrell Hughes said.
Cooper Tire Europe has launched its new Discoverer all-season tire, designed to provide high traction in unpredictable weather – all year round.
The new Discoverer, which comes in a wide range of sizes, offers high levels of grip over a wide temperature range, thanks to the incorporation of special silica and resin technology.