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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US university develops rubber-reinforced bioplastics

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Columbus, Ohio – Researchers at the Ohio State University have combined natural rubber with bioplastics to develop a “tough and flexible” biodegradable material.

The biocompound is “a much stronger replacement for plastic,” said the university in a report published in the journal Polymer in March.

The study involved melting rubber into plant-derived poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) along with organic peroxide and trimethylolpropane triacrylate (TMPTA).

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Birla Carbon to raise carbon black prices in U.S.

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MARIETTA, Ga.—Birla Carbon will raise base prices for all its carbon black markets in North America, a move it says is driven by increasing operating costs.

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Trinseo presents new SSBR grade at Tire Tech Show

Hanover, Germany – Trinseo SA has presented a new grade of multi-functionalised S-SBR, Sprintan 918S, at the Tire Technology Expo, held 5-7 March in Hanover.

The new grade, the company said in a statement, achieves “an optimum balance of low rolling resistance, high grip, and a good mechanical property profile.”

The new oil extended grade offers easy processability while addressing challenges such as physical stability, safety and high fuel efficiency, the company said.

The rubber…

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China Rubber Network: Market Information

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(Translated by Google Translator)

Point 1: Reaffirm the long-term rising logic of natural rubber. The rise of natural rubber lies in the fundamental changes. The emergence of high points on the supply end and the stimulation of the demand side lead to the arrival of natural rubber. With the gradual improvement in fundamentals, we reiterate the logic of natural rubber.

Point 2: The main producing country reduces exports, and the supply turning point may appear. The International Tripartite (Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia) Rubber Council reached an agreement …

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Evonik’s new truck tyre silica

Evonik reports that it has developed a new silica that it says is particularly suitable for use in truck and bus (TBR) tyres. In contrast to passenger car tyres, TBR tyres use mainly natural rubber, which, in combination with silane, places special requirements on the silica. With Evonik’s latest silica/silane development, fuel savings could be as high 8 per cent, the company said, which cuts costs and is better for the environment.

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Trinseo presents new synthetic rubber solution

Trinseo, the global plastics, latex binder, and synthetic rubber manufacturer, is introducing a new grade of multifunctionalized S-SBR called Sprintan 918S, at the Tire Technology Expo from March 5-7 in Hanover, Germany.

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All-season tire from Cooper introduces special silica and resin tread technology

Cooper Tire Europe has launched its new Discoverer all-season tire, designed to provide high traction in unpredictable weather – all year round.

The new Discoverer, which comes in a wide range of sizes, offers high levels of grip over a wide temperature range, thanks to the incorporation of special silica and resin technology.

Read the source article at Tire Technology International