MARCO ISLAND, Fla. – Specialty hose manufacturer Tubigomma Deregibus is spending $8 million to add 40,000 square feet to its Padua, Italy, factory, a project that will include a clean room for silicone hose.
Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 21, 2018 – Redwood Plastics and Rubber, a leading distributor and manufacturer of performance plastics and rubber announced Angela Rodenburgh as the new VP of Sales & Marketing. Angela has worked with Redwood Plastics and Rubber for fifteen years within the management team and became a board member and shareholder late last year.
“As the VP of Marketing, Angela has strengthened our brand in the marketplace, introduced new channels to market, and continues to support and inspire change within every department of our business. Her influence on sales and business retention is substantial and she has a clear understanding of what is required to be a customer focused organization.” said President Dale Delmage.
AURORA, Ohio—A new Philpott Solutions Group is on the way, starting by shutting down operations in China and bringing them back to its new Aurora facility.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 it brings more and more car models onto the market, Limper noted at a recent HF event in Manchester, England to mark 100 years of the Banbury mixer.
“This trend will go further with new challenges like full electric cars requiring low rolling resistance designs and so on. So you will see a higher variety of compounds [used] in the tire industry,” the HF leader forecast.
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 …