Researchers invent process to produce renewable car tires from trees, grass

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A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire production industry toward using renewable resources found right in our backyards.

The technology has been patented by the University of Minnesota and is available for licensing through the University of Minnesota Office of Technology Commercialization.

The new study is published by the American Chemical Society’s ACS Catalysis, a leading journal in the chemical and catalysis sciences. Authors of the study, include researchers from the University of Minnesota, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Center for Sustainable Polymers, a National Science Foundation-funded center at the University of Minnesota.

“Our team created a new chemical process to make isoprene, the key molecule in car tires, from natural products like trees, grasses, or corn,” said Paul Dauenhauer, a University of Minnesota associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science and lead researcher of the study. “This research could have a major impact on the multi-billion dollar automobile tires industry.”

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IRE 2017 Asia’s jumbo Show

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The 9th edition of India Rubber Expo, the premier international rubber event showcasing India’s rubber power to the world, is back in the south Indian metropolis of Chennai for a second time. Once again, this grand rubber show provides a great a global platform for the rubber industry players across the world, especially those hailing from the most happening Asian region, to come together, interact and exchange their ideas, display their most innovative products and services to the visitors. Major overseas rubber industry players and experts from Japan, China, Malaysia, Korea, the Netherlands, Germany and the US will converge at Chennai during the event, meet face to face with their Indian counterparts and discuss emerging market scenarios, technologies, alliances and other industry-related issues and explore opportunities to work together.

It is also a venue for the Indian players to get to know and imbibe the latest technological trends and happenings taking place in rubber world and make improvements in their own processes. IRE 2017 is particularly relevant in Asia where growth rates for the rubber markets are expected to be higher than any other region in the coming years. IRE is a clear indicator of India’s own position which is currently the fastest growing economy in the world pushing back China to the second slot.

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ANRPC Releases Natural Rubber Trends & Statistics, January 2017

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The Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) is happy to release its Natural Rubber Trends & Statistics, January 2017. Natural rubber (NR) prices have registered a good start in the beginning of 2017 with an average 10% growth across key NR markets, in spite of the price decline to US$1.00 per kilogram during early […]

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Natural Rubber flourishing in China

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China is the top consumer of natural rubber in the world, thanks to its booming auto and tyre industries. The country’s domestic production of NR, however, constitutes only a fraction of its demand.

China consumed 4.7 million tonnes of NR in 2015 while the country’s total NR production came to only 794,000 tonnes in 2015. ANRPC expects China’s NR consumption to further rise to 4.9 million tonnes in 2016.

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Trinseo backing new rubber technologies

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London – Trinseo expects to commercialise its neodymium BR (Nd-BR) production by end of 2017 or early 2018 depending on customer feedback, according to Samer Al-Jabi, global business director for synthetic rubber.

The Berwyn, Pennsylvania-based company announced in April 2014 that it planned to convert its nickel butadiene rubber (Ni-BR) production train in Schkopau, Germany to manufacture Nd-BR.

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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

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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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Congress of Philippines : House pushes for rubber industry board creation

The House committee on agriculture and food has approved the creation of a technical working group (TWG) that will finalize the bill seeking to create a Philippine Rubber Industry Development Board (PhilRubber) which shall be responsible mainly for the promotion, development and growth of the rubber industry by improving its quality and productivity, and expanding its markets.

The TWG creation was agreed upon during a recent hearing of the committee chaired by Rep. Jose T. Panganiban, Jr. (Party-list, ANAC IP). The TWG shall be headed by Rep. Isagani S. Amatong (3rd District, Zamboanga del Norte) who is also the author of the proposal embodied in House Bill 2912.

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Thai rubber prices seen advancing this year on flood-hit supply

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Thailand’s rubber prices are expected to rise this year due to scant supply, hit by unseasonal flooding in the country’s main growing region, industry players said. Thailand, the world’s biggest rubber producer and exporter, has suffered downpours since Jan 1, resulting in flash floods that have killed 36 people and sent global rubber prices spiking on output concerns.

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Natural Rubber prices rebounds amid Thai floods

Natural rubber (NR) prices in India jumped to a two-and-a-half-year high last weekend on limited supplies and tracking gains in overseas markets due to supply disruptions in top producer Thailand, according to reports.

In the last weekend the spot price of the most-traded RSS-4 rubber (Ribbed smoked sheet) at the Kottayam market in the top producing southern state of Kerala (India) rose to Rs 146 rupees ($2.14) per kg, the highest since June 2014.

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