Great opportunities for SR in advanced materials

The global SR industry continues to drive on growth of the automotive and tyre industries which are undergoing major transformations towards autonomous, electrical, connected, and shared mobility, which means more opportunities for advanced materials. Also in the medical sector, design of high-tech materials is also opening up, challenging opportunities for the SR industry.

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Eastman marks 75 years for Crystex

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AKRON—Eastman is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its Crystex insoluble sulfur, a longstanding additive in the tire and rubber industry.

Crystex was patented in 1944 with Stauffer Chemical Co., naming the product “No Crystals” and “Crystals-X” as an explanation of the product’s function, Eastman said. The brand grew over time and high thermal stability grades were added.

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Birla Carbon changes North America price index

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Birla Carbon will change all North America contract price formulas from August 1, 2019. The long-used index up to this date, U.S. Gulf Coast High Sulfur Fuel Oil, will change to U.S. Gulf Coast 0.5 percent Sulfur Fuel Oil. Feedstock to make carbon black is sourced from markets driven by marine fuel. This market is undergoing fundamental changes driven by regulations widely known as MARPOL 2020 or IMO 2020, which establishes the maximum allowable sulfur content in marine fuel at 0.5 percent. While this regulation is effective January 1, 2020, the supply chain is adjusting now.

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U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2019 Results

KATY, Texas, July 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SLCA), a diversified industrial minerals company and the leading last mile logistics provider to the oil and gas industry (the “Company”), today announced net income of $6.2 million, or $0.08 per basic and…

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Improving Brazilian NR competitiveness

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The Brazilian Natural Rubber Productive Chain has evolved a lot over the last 30 years. The country has planted about 250,000 hectares (of which just over 150,000 are in production).

Good productivity levels

Despite the average Brazilian productivity, according to the National Institute of Statistics (IBGE) data, the regions where the crop advances the most have good productivity levels. It is revealed that there is still a lot of potential for improvement.

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NR supply crunch hits manufacturing

The widening demand-supply gap in natural rubber in India, coupled with restrictions on import of the commodity, threatens to hit the tyre and non-tyre manufacturing sector badly. The drastic fall in production is particularly worrisome to rubber MSMEs who can hardly afford the high import duty and many have gone out of existence for want of raw material

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Lord outlines low-lead alternative products

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CINCINNATI—Lord Corp. proposed alternatives for some of its legacy Chemlok adhesive products as part of its low-lead initiative, with the deadline coming up next year.

JR Nordstrom, application engineer for Lord, covered the changes during his presentation at the Rubber Roller Group Meeting in Cincinnati.

Lord will stop making its Chemlok legacy products that have lead formulated into the batch, he said. 

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Cabot to expand elastomer composites facility in Malaysia

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Representatives from Cabot Corporation’s elastomer composites leadership team recently met with members of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority about Cabot’s long-term growth plans in Port Dickson, Malaysia. In 1995, Cabot built the world’s first facility dedicated to liquid mixing of elastomer composites in Port Dickson and has continued to develop this revolutionary technology at that site.

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Cambodia’s rubber exports show 23% increase, but prices decline

Cambodia’s rubber exports increased 23 per cent in the first quarter of this year on the same period last year, while rubber prices continue to decrease, according to figures from the General Directorate of Rubber under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The data showed the Kingdom exported 48,192 tonnes of rubber in the first quarter of this year, a 23 per cent increase compared to the same period last year, with an average price of $1,279 per tonne, a 12 per cent decrease.

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Bridgestone: 98% of tier 1 suppliers acknowledge procurement policy

The aim at Bridgestone Group is to use “100 per cent sustainable materials” by 2050 and beyond, and last year the tyre and rubber company introduced a new procurement policy to steer it towards this end. Under a partnership it began with CSR evaluation specialist EcoVadis in 2018, Bridgestone is now assessing its suppliers’ current sustainability practices and looking at what support may be needed to improve performance.

Together with EcoVadis, Bridgestone is monitoring and rating the environmental, social and ethical performance of its suppliers to help identify and evaluate qualified suppliers, promote best practices, and serve as a communication and improvement tool for the industry as a whole.

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