IRSG focus stays steady throughout its evolution

SINGAPORE—Seventy-five years after its founding, the International Rubber Study Group continues to evolve as an analytical, statistical and forecasting body serving the natural and synthetic rubber industries, according to its current secretary general.

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Michelin, partners building large-scale bio-BD plant

Paris – Michelin and its partners, IFP Energies Nouvelles and Axens, are scaling up their BioButterfly project with the construction of an “industrial prototype” plant for the production of bio-based butadiene.

Launched in late 2012, the €70-million BioButterfly project is a 10-year scheme aiming to produce butadiene from plant-based ethanol, to be used for the production of environmentally-friendly synthetic rubber.

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Pirelli honours nine companies in 2019 Supplier Awards

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Milan, Italy — Pirelli & C. SpA has honoured nine outstanding supplier companies recently with its 2019 Supplier Awards.

Pirelli chose the nine companies out of more than 10,000 that supply the tire maker globally, according to a 26-Sept Pirelli press release.

“Quality, capacity for innovation, speed and global coverage of supply were the key elements guiding the selection for the 2019 Supplier Awards,” Pirelli said.

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JSR launches new SBR for high performance tires

Tokyo – JSR Corp. has developed a new styrene butadiene copolymer rubber (SBR) for automotive tires with “significantly improved” mechanical strength and wear resistance compared to conventional SBR, the company announced 3 Sept.

Developed to meet the demands of future mobility, the new rubber combines JSR’s “unique polymerisation and hydrogenation technologies” to control the number of unsaturated bonds in the material.

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Monolith Materials hires new chief commercial and supply chain officer

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A manufacturer of natural gas-based carbon black, Monolith Materials has named Chris Cornille as its chief commercial and supply chain officer. Cornille has more than 33 years of experience in the specialty chemicals industry, including his most recent role as senior vice president of supply chain services for SI Group. He has also worked in various leadership positions in sales, marketing and general management at Cabot Corporation.

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Smithers unifies companies under single brand identity

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AKRON — In a move designed to streamline services for its clients, Smithers Group Inc. is planning to consolidate all of its companies under a single brand identity and motto: “Innovate with Confidence.”

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LANXESS included in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, again

Starting from September 23, 2019, speciality chemicals company LANXESS will be listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World for the ninth time in succession, at fourth place in the “Chemicals” category. LANXESS will also be included in the DJSI Europe for the third time in a row – as the second-best company in its industry.

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Global Carbon Black World Data Book 2019: Overview of the $17 Billion Global Markets – Forecast Through 2023

The Carbon Black World Data Book 2019 provides an up-to-date overview of the $17 billion global markets for carbon black, a reinforcing filler and pigment used mainly in the rubber, plastics, paint, and ink industries. The report provides detailed coverage for 26 leading countries, as well as demand for 16 smaller national markets. 

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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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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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