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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AirBoss, Critical Solutions Holdings form joint defense group

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NEWMARKET, Ontario—AirBoss of America Corp. is growing again, this time through a merger that will create a new business called AirBoss Defense Group.

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.

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Toyoda Gosei to set up engineering, sales office in U.S.

KIYOSU, Japan—Automotive supplier Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. is planning to establish a satellite engineering and sales office in Dublin, Ohio, to speed up its product development process in the U.S.

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.

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Aurora still on the hunt for acquisitions

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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.

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All-season tire from Cooper introduces special silica and resin tread technology

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.

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