Evonik starts up US tire-silicas plant

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Essen, Germany – Evonik Industries has started up a precipitated silica plant for the tire industry in South Carolina, the company announced 17 Oct.

The $120-million investment, it said, is in response to the high demand from the tire industry for precipitated silica in North America. It has created over 40 new jobs.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Shin-Etsu to invest €850m in silicones business

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Tokyo – Japanese materials supplier Shin-Etsu Chemical has announced plans to invest ¥110 billion (€854 million) in the next two-and-a-half years in its silicones operations, a core business of the company.

As part of the commitment, the Tokyo-based company will expand production capacity for silicone monomer – the intermediate product of silicones – and various types of silicone fluids, resins and rubber end products at the company’s main bases in Japan and globally.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Cabot Corporation Increases Prices for Specialty Compounds Globally

BOSTON – Effective October 1, 2018, or as contracts allow, Cabot Corporation will increase prices, up to 7 percent globally, for its PLASBLAK® masterbatches as well as its CABELEC® conductive compounds and concentrates. This price increase is required to offset the dramatic rise in raw material costs. The increase will help to ensure that Cabot remains a reliable, long-term supplier of high quality products and services.

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India’s rubber output to drop over 15% due to floods, says merchants

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Cochin Rubber Merchants’ Association has said that the decline in rubber output will be more than 15 percent due to floods. President of the  Association GP Goyal has told Moneycontrol that the rubber tapping has completely stopped for last 15-20 days.

Workers from Bihar and Orissa left Kerala and product sale has drastically come down, he said. Prices have not gone up much because the import is taking place and North Indian states are getting material from Tripura.

Read the source article at Rubber Asia

ANRPC downgrades NR production estimate for 2018

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The world production of natural rubber (NR) rose 4.5 percent, year-over-year, to 6.214 million tonnes during the first-half of 2018. This is inclusive of production from non-ANRPC countries accounting for around 10 percent of the world output, stated the Natural Rubber Trends and Statistics report by the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) in June 2018.

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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.

Read the source article at Tire Technology International

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.

Read the source article at Rubber Asia

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.

Read the source article at Autosphere.ca

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.

Read the source article at Tire Business