Elastomers for Sustainability Top 10

The top entries for the inaugural staging of ERJ’s new Elastomers for Sustainability initiative has now been decided by our judging panel led by leading experts in the field of polymer science & technology.

E4S is an industry-first sustainability initiative, designed to highlight significant advances for end-user sectors including automotive, tires, automotive components, construction, consumer, industrial and medical.

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Halcyon Agri founding chief executive Robert Meyer retires

NATURAL rubber supplier Halcyon Agri Corporation on Monday said its founding chief executive officer (CEO) Robert Meyer, as well as chief corporate officer Pascal Demierre, retired on Friday. 

Taking over from Mr Meyer as CEO is David Li Xuetao, the former CEO of GMG Global. He has more than 20 years of experience in the tyre, synthetic rubber and natural rubber business, mainboard-listed Halcyon Agri said in a regulatory update.

Halcyon Agri acquired industry peer GMG Global in 2016 in a series of transactions to consolidate the natural rubber business of Sinochem International Corp – Halcyon Agri’s major shareholder.

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Orion Engineered Carbons Commissions New Air Emissions Controls at U.S. Facility

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. (NYSE: OEC), a worldwide supplier of specialty and high-performance Carbon Black, today announced that it has successfully completed a significant upgrade of its emissions controls at its plant in Orange, Texas. As a result of these actions, the site complies with strengthened environmental standards which reduce the site’s emission permits for NOx and SO2 by 2,300 metric tons of air pollutant emissions per year.

 

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Australian Engineers Create Recyclable Rubber Polymer to be Used in the Construction Industry

The versatile new material can be used both on its own, like regular rubber, or mixed with other materials to create a large variety of composites. According to the Australian researchers behind the invention, once the useful life of the product is over, the material can then be recycled almost indefinitely.

Made from sulphur and canola oil, the polymer doesn’t melt, but can be broken down and reformed by applying pressure and low-level heat of about 100 °C while the material, in powder form, rests in a mould – a process the team calls “reactive compression moulding”.

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Orion breaks ground at Cologne logistics center

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Orion Engineered Carbons has broken ground for a logistics center at its manufacturing plant in Cologne, Germany.

The warehouse for the supplier of carbon black, which is used for various rubber products including tires, will cover 8,850 m2  and have the capacity for 12,400 pallets.

Built by construction company Goldbeck, the building will have eight truck docks, and about 100 trucks will pass through the gates every day.

Read the source article at Tire Technology International

Trinseo first quarter sales fall 18%

Berwyn, Pennsylvania – Trinseo SA’s synthetic rubber (SR) business has reported a double-digit decline in first quarter sales due in part to Covid-19.

Over the three months to end of March, segment’s sales fell 18% to $102 million (€94 million) while earnings (adjusted EBITDA) grew 36% to $15 million.

The company linked the decrease in sales to a volume decline of 8% as customers cancelled solution styrene butadiene rubber (SSBR) orders due to Covid-19 impact.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Orion reports sharp declines in rubber black sales

Houston, Texas – Orion Engineered Carbons has posted decreases in first quarter rubber black sales and volumes and expects a larger Covid-19 impact on the segment in the second quarter.

Rubber carbon black volumes decreased by 11%, year on year to 177 kilotonnes, over the three months to end of March, due to “a sharp decline” in sales as tire and auto manufacturers idled plants from mid-March.

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Analysis: Rubber mixing plants of the future

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.

 

Read the source article at Rubber and Plastics News

Cabot cuts rubber-blacks production in Europe

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Boston, Massachusetts – Cabot Corp. has reduced rubber-black volumes in Europe in response to soft market conditions and “aggressive pricing,” the company has informed ERJ.

“We opted not to pursue certain contracts [in Europe] due to the pricing structure, meaning we do not have to manufacture for those contracts,” Cabot explained in a 19 Feb written statement.

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Vegan material reduces CO2 during tyre production

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Speciality chemicals company Lanxess has added a plant-based raw material variant to the Aktiplast PP product range produced by its Rhein Chemie business unit. These processing promoters for polymer blends are used in the production of tyres and a wide range of technical rubber articles. Aktiplast PP-veg, which is based on renewable raw materials, was developed specifically in response to a customer requirement from Asia.

Read the source article at Tyrepress