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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AirBoss expanding Kitchener plant

KITCHENER — AirBoss of America Corp. is expanding its capabilities at its Kitchener rubber compounding plant.

The company, headquartered in Newmarket, said it is expanding production in its one million-square-foot plant on Glasgow Street by adding a dedicated white and colour mixing line. In a news release, the company said the new line is expected to increase its market penetration in white and coloured specialty rubber compounds thanks to improved quality and lower production costs.

The new line is expected to be fully operational by March.

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Smithers Rapra introduces rubber compounding webinar series

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AKRON — Smithers Rapra will run a free four-part series on rubber compounding led by Christine Domer, general manager of Smithers’ analytical and physical testing labs.

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Smithers Rapra upgrades allow for testing of larger tires

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RAVENNA, Ohio—Polymer products testing company Smithers Rapra has upgraded the wheel-testing capabilities at its Tire and Wheel Test Center in Ravenna to handle wheels with rim diameters up to 24 inches.

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Webinar – Considerations for Compound Development

For every rubber product, there are myriad design factors that must be taken into account when formulating compound options. Service environment, performance specifications, and material selection must be reviewed carefully to ensure that you can not only design an effective product, but also do so with as few iterations in the development process as possible. In this webinar, Christine Domer, General Manager of Smithers Rapra’s Analytical and Physical Testing labs, will cover the various formulation and processing considerations that rubber product manufacturers must use when developing compounds. An overview of material properties, processing techniques, and how they relate to various end use applications will be covered.

 

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