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.

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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.

 

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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.

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Kraton expands line with pine-based alternatives

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CLEVELAND—Kraton Corp.’s newest products have a similar feel, and that’s a good thing.

The firm unveiled its Sylvatraxx 8000 tread enhancement additives grades, which it said are designed to optimize the balance between wet traction and rolling resistance in silica-filled passenger car tire treads, specifically for high-performance all-season tires.

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IISRP to Honor Dr Gary M Marsh

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The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP) will honor one of its outstanding technical leaders  Dr. Gary M. Marsh at its next Annual General Meeting (AGM). He will receive the prestigious Institute Technical Award. The Award will be presented during the 61st AGM of the IISRP in Bangkok, Thailand on May 12, 2020.

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DRI makes deal, invests for future growth

COLDWATER, Ohio—Recycled rubber compounder DRI Rubber has grown rapidly in a short span thanks partially to an acquisition and a plant expansion, along with the addition of more machinery and personnel.

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Corrie MacColl details landmark collaboration in Cameroon

Singapore — Natural rubber company Corrie MacColl, a subsidiary of global NR supply chain manager Halcyon Agri, has joined forces with local and international NGOs to strengthen rubber production across its plantations in Cameroon.

Two prominent NGOs, Mighty Earth and the Community Forests Platform, have joined the Cameroon Sustainability Council initiated by Corrie MacColl after a long-running consultation, Corrie MacColl said in a 21 Nov news release.

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ARPM to fund new training program

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NDIANAPOLIS—The Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers’ board of directors has approved new funding to support the creation of a new training curriculum.

Rubber Operator Training – Material Mixing and Compression/Transfer Molding is designed to train the rubber processor, something the ARPM said is the first of its kind in the rubber industry.

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