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.

Read the source article at Tire Technology International

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.

Read the source article at Waterloo Region News

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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AirBoss Announces 1st Quarter 2018 Results and Dividend

NEWMARKET, Ontario, May 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AirBoss of America Corp. (TSX:BOS) ($US except where otherwise noted) Highlights: Consolidated net sales increased by 15.2% to $80.5 million Net sales in the Engineered Products’ defense business more than doubled EBITDA increased by 7.2% to $7.5 million Quarterly dividend paid of C$0.07 per share Basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.14 per common share compared to $0.12 per common share in Q1 2017 Three months ended March 31 (In thousands of US dollars) 2018 2017 Net Sales 80,549 69,927 Gross …

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Technology focus: Arlanxeo’s new self-sealing tire compound

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Hanover, Germany – Arlanxeo has developed a special compound for use in self-sealing tires, the synthetic rubber maker recently announced

The material, which is applied on the interior of a vehicle tire, enables punctures to be automatically sealed, said a 19 Feb company statement.

The development is in line with the requirements of future vehicles, according Frank Lückgen, global marketing director, tire, at Arlanxeo’s Tire & Specialty Rubbers business unit (BU TSR).

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

HF Mixing Group plans for major restructuring

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FREUDENBERG, Germany—HF Mixing Group has announced a number of organizational changes and restructuring plans in order to improve its offerings to meet growing market demand for automation and integrated auxiliary products.

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HF Mixing Group undergoes organisational changes

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HF Mixing Group has announced a strategic co-operation with B&K Wäge- & Anlagentechnik, Germany with a focus on weighing, storage, feeding, dosing of raw materials and liquids that are tailored to system requirements. Based on the know-how of company Steimel-Fix (1925), B&K was founded in 2002. This longtime experience of B&K, allows the HF Mixing Group to further expand its product portfolio and in the future have access to their upstream

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