Bridgestone develops world’s first polymer using advanced synthetic technology for forming hybrid polymer

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In its pursuit of more sustainable materials, Bridgestone has successfully developed what is claimed to be the world’s first polymer to bond rubber and resins at the molecular level.

This new polymer is extremely high durability, with crack resistance more than five times higher than natural rubber, abrasion resistance more than 2.5 times higher, and tensile strength more than 1.5 times higher than natural rubber, which itself has a greater destruction resistance than common synthetic rubber.

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Arlanxeo wants to be a Global SR leader

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Arlanxeo is all set to strengthen its position as the world’s leading manufacturer of synthetic rubber. The company will invest EUR mid-double-digit million to modernise its production plants in Triunfo, Brazil and La Wantzenau, France. For the Brazil plant, the company will invest its facility in Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul, to make the production of polybutadiene rubber (PBR) more flexible. The plant currently produces emulsion styrene-butadiene rubber (E-SBR), mainly used for car, truck tyres.

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First Liberian rubber plant opened

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The first 100 percent Liberian owned rubber plant was inaugurated in the country. The Cooper Rubber Processing Plant (CRPP) will manufacture retreaded tyres, roofing materials, electrical insulators, fixtures PVC pipes, fittings, and rubber gloves. The CRPP plant is located in Blagai, Bomi Highway.

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Hankook Tire Partners with ARLANXEO

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Hankook Tire and ARLANXEO agree on R&D partnership to develop new synthetic rubber grades and technologies for premium-performance tires.

Hankook Tire signed a second memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ARLANXEO, the world’s largest synthetic rubber producer, to co-develop synthetic rubber technologies for high-performance tires.

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Carbon black shortage is now a reality

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Demand for carbon black by U.S. tire makers is starting to outstrip supply, and that isn’t likely to change any time soon.

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South Carolina manufacturing center adds liquid sodium silicate facility

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GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—A new liquid sodium silicate facility at the Charleston International Manufacturing Center at Bushy Park in Goose Creek is a bid to support companies like Evonik Industries.

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Global NR production likely to increase 3.7% in 2018: ANRPC

The Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) has predicted that the global outlook of Natural Rubber (NR) supply in 2018 is anticipated at 13.784 million tonnes, up 3.7% from 13.287 million tonnes in 2017. During January-February 2018, the world NR production was 2.207 million tonnes, compared to 2.116 million tonnes during the same period in 2017, said the February 2018 Natural Rubber Trends and Statistics report by ANRPC.

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LyondellBasel Industries: Great Long-Term Investment

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It’s been quite hard to find companies that produce high returns with little capital investments to maintain their underlying economic earnings. LyondellBasell Industries (NYSE:LYB) is one of those great franchise companies that Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) and Charlie Munger (Trades, Portfolio) would probably purchase.

 

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Camso raising aftermarket prices globally up to 6%

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Magog, Quebec — Camso Ltd. is planning to raise aftermarket prices globally in the coming months on its range of solid and pneumatic tires, tracks and track systems by between 1% and 6%.

Camso cited rising raw materials, logistics and other operating costs as the reasons for the increases. The timing of the increases will be based on market dynamics in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, Camso said.

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Russian carbon black producer raises prices

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Yaroslavl, Russia – Russian carbon black manufacturer JSC Yaroslavskiy Tekhnicheskiy Uglerod (Yaroslavl Carbon Black Plant) is increasing prices on all rubber carbon black products sold globally, the company informed ERJ.

Effective 1 April, prices for the materials will increase by over €100 per tonne, in addition to any applicable feedstock index-related adjustments for rubber carbon black products, a Yaroslavl spokesman said.

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