Zeon supplies rubber for Yokohama winter tire

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Tokyo – Nippon Zeon Co. has supplied solution polymerised rubber to Yokohama Rubber Co. (YRC) for its latest studless tire “iceGUARD 6″, Zeon announced 25 Jan.

The company said the solution rubber had high reactivity with silica, allowing for increased loadings and uniform dispersion.

Compounds based on the polymer would yield tires with improved rolling resistance and wet-grip properties, added Zeon.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Starlim expansion nears completion

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LONDON, Ontario—Starlim North America Corp. is on pace to complete the first phase of a multi-year expansion project at its liquid silicone rubber molding factory in London by the end of this summer.

The subsidiary of Austria’s Starlim Sterner Group broke ground on the $20 million project in September 2016 as part of a five- to seven-year plan to boost capacity to match the growth projected in the company’s business plan.

“Our company is privately held and the owner has a really long-term horizon in terms of planning,” said John Timmerman, Starlim North America vice president of sales and marketing. “The current construction is based on five to seven years, but we’re actually already planned out construction-wise for an additional five years should that be necessary. We’re planned out to 2025 in terms of capacity and sales.”

Read the source article at Rubber and Plastics News

Arlanxeo expanding  chloroprene rubber capacity

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Maastricht, The Netherlands – Arlanxeo is expanding its global chloroprene rubber (CR) production at the site in Dormagen, Germany, the company announced 22 Jan.

Capacity there will be increased to 70 kilotonnes per annum overall that will be available to the market already during the first quarter of 2019, said a 22 Jan release.

Arlanxeo said it is investing “an upper single-digit million” in the expansion project overall.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

ARPM names Chris Denick to board of directors

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INDIANAPOLIS—The Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers appointed Chris Denick, president of rubber products group for HBD/Thermoid, as a member of its board of directors.

Read the source article at Rubber and Plastics News

Kenda to acquire Denmark’s STARCO

Tire maker Kenda Rubber Industrial Co (建大輪胎) said it is to fully acquire Denmark-headquartered STARCO Europe A/S for no more than 18 million euros (US$21.2 million) to pursue vertical integration.

The acquisition, which is scheduled to be completed on Monday, also aims to expand the company’s presence in Europe, according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

Revenue generated from European customers only makes up 8 percent of the company’s total sales, while sales in the US contribute nearly 24 percent, data showed.

“The transaction is Kenda’s first acquisition in the European market and we aim to duplicate our success [of developing a US business] there,” a company official said by telephone yesterday.

Read the source article at Taipei Times

Jorge Nogueira takes over as Arlanxeo’s CEO

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Starting 9 September, Jorge Nogueira is chief executive officer of Arlanxeo. He succeeds Jan Paul de Vries, who has left the synthetic rubber manufacturer to “seek a new professional challenge.” Prior to his appointment as CEO, Nogueira headed the company’s Tire & Specialty Rubbers (TSR) business unit, and he been a member of the Arlanxeo Executive Board since the joint venture was founded in April 2016.

Read the source article at Tyrepress

Analysis: Rubber mixing plants of the future

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LONDON—Rubber mixers will have to become more automated and part of “holistic” production set-ups to deal with complexity in both the materials being processed and end use markets, according to Andreas Limper, a senior executive of HF Mixing Group.

There is a continuing rise in the number and types of tires required by the automotive industry as  brings more and more car models onto the market, Limper noted at a recent HF event in Manchester,  to mark 100 years of the Banbury mixer.

“This trend will go further with new challenges like full electric  requiring low rolling resistance designs and so on. So you will see a higher variety of compounds [used] in the  industry,” the HF leader forecast.

Silica compounds

In terms of materials, Limper said the introduction of silica tire compounds and modified/functionalized polymers was making control of temperature and other parameters more critical within the mixer. Likewise, he noted the emergence of more complex carbon blacks, which are also harder to mix.

In response, Limper said, mixer manufacturers and operators will have to become even more …

Read the source article at Global Rubber Markets News

Griswold board elects new CEO

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MOOSUP, Conn.—Griswold L.L.C.’s board has elected David Natorski as the firm’s CEO, effective June 1. He will replace current CEO Daniel P. Mahoney, who is retiring.

“David has been intimately involved in every aspect of our business and has most recently led the company’s expansion into Asia,” said Henry Hortenstine, chairman of Griswold’s Board of Managers. “We are excited to have such an accomplished executive available to continue Griswold’s track record of success.”

Natorski has worked for Griswold for more than 33 years in various sales and management positions since being hired in 1984 by Larry Sarni, past president and co-founder of the company. He has spearheaded both the company’s growth strategy and its collaborative approach to product development.

Read the source article at Rubber and Plastics News

Ontario Helps Leading Manufacturer Create and Protect Jobs in Elora

Ontario is partnering with Polycorp Ltd. to support a multi-million dollar expansion at the company’s manufacturing facility in Elora, creating 26 new jobs and retaining 146 positions.

Ontario is investing up to $2.5 million through the Jobs and Prosperity Fund for this project, supporting an additional investment of more than $14.5 million from Polycorp, for a total project value of $17 million. The project is expected to be completed in 2022.

Polycorp is a leading Canadian designer and manufacturer of engineered rubber products that mitigate risk associated with corrosion, abrasion, impact, noise and vibration for a variety of applications in the transportation, mining and protective linings industries. The company serves customers in 38 countries worldwide.

With support from Ontario’s Jobs and Prosperity Fund, the company is investing to purchase new equipment, create a testing laboratory and expand its manufacturing facility. This will help boost productivity and competitiveness, increasing exports and revenues.

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Silicone rubber robots could vastly improve mobility for the infirm, say researchers

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These robotic muscle-like actuators could replace metal joints in exoskeletons. EPFL roboticists say the silicone rubber elastomer based parts are far more flexible. They could be used to help the infirm move around, while improving posture and reducing discomfort for lower back pain sufferers. SOUNDBITE (English) JAMIE PAIK, THE DIRECTOR OF EPFL’S RECONFIGURABLE ROBOTICS LAB (RRL), SAYING: “We can foresee a new type of technology being brought closer to our daily lives. When I say that, it’s not us trying to bring in Terminator for everyone’s home, but to bring in different types of technology that enable us to live healthier and live with more comfort, and that was not able to be done beforehand.” The robots are controlled by changing the air pressure in special soft balloons that serve as its body. A modular system, they can be moved around the body to where physical support is needed. The team has devised this belt for potential use on stroke patients. SOUNDBITE (English) MATTHEW ROBERTSON, EPFL RESEARCHER, SPEAKING ABOUT THE BELT, SAYING: “In stroke patients I know they have a common asymmetry where they lean to one side and it could be used to correct for that asymmetry and then focus on if you’re using it to restore gait the belt could do the task of providing the support for your upper body.” The belt’s hooked up to a system of external pumps. The team hopes to miniaturise these and place them directly on the belt.

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Silicone rubber robots could vastly improve mobility for the infirm, say researchers

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