Simtec integrates LSR, metal, thermoplastics production in one cell

Miramar, Fla.-based Simtec Silicone Parts LLC is starting a production process that integrates parts made of three materials — a metal, liquid silicone rubber and a thermoplastic — into one component within one manufacturing cell.

A breakthrough in LSR tooling technology enables the combination of multiple materials in a single production cell and the company is about to use it for a new application, Simtec President Enrique Camacho said in a telephone interview.

“A revolutionary approach for the integration of functions and materials is starting production at Simtec. It’s the first of its kind in the world for this particular application,” Camacho said.

He said he can’t identify the product or customer because of a confidentiality agreement but he could talk about the technology that is moving the company beyond overmolding LSR onto a thermoplastic substrate to also incorporating a metal part.

“We are redefining the LSR two-shot manufacturing process to LSR multi-shot,” Camacho said.

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Rubber Processing Chemicals Companies in China

This study focuses on China’s Rubber Processing Chemicals industry assessments and company profiles. In the two past decades, the industry has been growing at a fast pace. The dramatic expansions of the manufacturing capabilities and rising consumer consumptions in China have transformed China’s society and economy. China is one of the world’s major producers for industrial and consumer products. Far outpacing other economies in the world, China is the world’s fastest growing market for the consumptions of goods and services. The Chinese economy maintains a high speed growth which has been stimulated by the consecutive increases of industrial output, imports & exports, consumer consumption and capital investment for over two decades. Rapid consolidation between medium and large players is anticipated since the Chinese government has been encouraging industry consolidation with an effort to regulate the industry and to improve competitiveness in the world market. 

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United States Non Tire Rubber Industry 2016 Market Research Report


The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Non Tire Rubber market analysis is provided for the United States markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status. Development policies and plans are discussed as well as manufacturing processes and Bill of Materials cost structures are also analyzed. 

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Koppers Holdings Inc. Schedules Fourth Quarter 2016 Conference Call

PITTSBURGHFeb. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE: KOP) intends to release its fourth quarter 2016 financial results before the opening of the markets on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, and discuss its results on a conference call later that day at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Presentation materials will be available online at least 15 minutes before the call.

Interested parties may access the live audio broadcast by dialing 866-719-0110 in the United States/Canada, or 719-234-0008 for international, Conference ID number 4441959. Investors are requested to access the call at least five minutes before the scheduled start time in order to complete a brief registration. An audio replay will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the call at 888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820, Conference ID number 4441959. The recording will be available for replay through March 24, 2017.

The live broadcast of the Koppers conference call will be available online: (Due to the length of this URL, it may be necessary to copy and paste this hyperlink into your internet browser’s URL address field.)

If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, the call will be archived on and shortly after the live call and continuing through March 24, 2017.

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Overcapacity Biggest challenge for Synthetic Rubber


Overcapacity is one of the biggest challenges facing the global synthetic rubber (SR) industry. This has been driven mainly by over-investment in China during the past years. This situation of overcapacity has forced many facilities to work with reduced operating rates and delay or cancel several expansion projects. Some facilities have been deactivated or dismantled and others are in the process of switching over to produce other elastomer types such as SBS. This is most noticeable in China and the Asia Pacific region.
Even so, the SR industry is expected to continue to grow moderately compared to the previous years. By 2016, the installed capacity is expected to grow by 2 per cent, according to our information. To this situation of overcapacity, if we add dull world economic growth, the situation becomes more complicated.

Uses in key industries

Synthetic rubbers have been leading the global rubber market since the 1940’s and are used in the manufacture of many types of products that we use every day which make our lives more comfortable. The automotive and tyre sectors will keep driving the SR demand. The construction sector generates significant demand of synthetic rubber in many end-uses such as paving/roads, waterproofing membranes, and adhesives and sealants. It is also very useful to the food industry with several end uses such as labelling, packaging, and more. Synthetic rubbers are also the material of choice for appliances, footwear, personal care, medical applications and others.
The SR industry has an important and extensive business relationship with all these key industries, and therefore, has been influenced by the performance and situation of its trading partners. The global SR market experienced a sharp downfall in demand during the global economic crisis. However, coming out of the deep recession impact, it expects a moderate growth rate close to 2 per cent CAGR in the upcoming years.

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Kraiburg entrepreneur Peter Schmidt dies at 85

Kraiburg Group is mourning the passing of highly esteemed shareholder Peter Schmidt. From 1954 to 1999 he participated actively in the company’s operations and as a member of the management board he implemented numerous decisions that shaped the company’s history.

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Construction Industry as Growth Opportunity – Demand for Hydraulic Rubber Hoses Increases

Manufacturers View Construction Industry as Growth Opportunity as Demand for Hydraulic Rubber Hoses Increases, reports TMR Press release from: TMR The top tier manufacturers of global hydraulic rubber hoses market in 2013 – Gates Corporation, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Polyhose, and Eaton Corporation – accounted for a significant share in the market despite its highly fragmented nature.

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Glenrock Rubber Products Pvt. Ltd – Leader in custom made Moulded Rubber Products


With a wide range of innovative products, Glenrock Rubber Products has already taken the global market of speciality rubber products by storm. The company’s world-class manufacturing facility produces an impressive array of products ranging from Holomats, Stable & Cow comfort mats, Gym & Playground mats, Anti-fatigue mats, Oil resistant and Fire Retardant mats, Pathway anti-skid interlocking tiles, Mats in rolls, Special- purpose rubber products as well as continuous rubber sheets of various designs.
Today, Glenrock’s manufacturing facility, spread over 15,000 square meters in 12 acres of land, houses a Rubber compound mixing unit, a Moulded goods unit, R&D facility, a Sheeting unit and a Mould tooling unit.
Stress on quality
In line with international standards, the company has a full-fledged R&D centre with in-house testing facilities for all quality parameters required for rubber products. As an ISO 9001- 2008 certified company, every precaution is taken with regard to quality from procurement of raw materials to the despatch of goods to the customers’ store.
Glenrock has the professional expertise and technology to develop, manufacture and deliver the finest products for its customers worldwide. With a workforce of over 250 people, operating in 3 shifts day and night, Glenrock has grown to be a market leader, producing more than 250 custom products, exported to various countries across the seven continents .
“The fact that we are still serving customers who are associated with us from the very beginning of our company is a testimony to our commitment to quality and ethical business practices,” the company says.

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Forbo’s Hoffman to retire in February

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C.—Wayne E. Hoffman has spent 46 years in the industrial rubber products industry and experienced virtually every possible high and low the sector can dish out.

Each experience has been a new adventure for the longtime veteran—and sometimes another obstacle to overcome. But he admitted he has enjoyed each and every one of those experiences.

Hoffman has finally decided to hang up his gloves in February—not because it has been mandated by his employer of the last 24 years, Forbo Siegling L.L.C.—but because he figures it is time to retire to St. Augustine, Fla., with his wife, Karen. Hoffman disclosed his plans at the recent NIBA—the Belting Association meeting held in Indianapolis.

He will be replaced as president of Forbo Siegling’s North American region by Bob Ciurczak, who has 26 years of experience, primarily with the Schneider Electric Group, in different industries relevant to Forbo Siegling’s business both on the original equipment and end user sides.

“My career has reflected the many ups and downs in the industry,” Hoffman said in a recent interview. “But that goes with any career.” For him personally, the executive said, “it has been mostly ups.”

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Denka to increase polychloroprene prices


LaPLACE, Louisiana – Denka Performance Elastomer LLC will increase the prices of its Denka Neoprene branded polychloroprene rubber manufactured at a facility in LaPlace.

The increase, Denka said, begins 1 Feb, applies to both the domestic and overseas markets and represents a minimum of $400 (€380) per tonne. This cost is in addition to price increases announced late last year.

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