Versalis and Bridgestone JV in developing innovative elastomers for tyres

Versalis, Eni’s chemical company, a leader in the production and marketing of elastomers, and Bridgestone EMIA, a leader in advanced mobility solutions, have signed a joint development agreement for the research, production and supply of synthetic rubber with advanced properties.

The Research and Development divisions of the two organizations will collaborate, using an Open Innovation model, to develop technologies and new elastomer grades, including Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR), for the production of high-performance tyres. Versalis will leverage the expertise of its Research Center at Ravenna and Ferrara, while Bridgestone will use its Technical Center Europe near Rome.

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Goodyear Makes New Soybean Oil Procurement Policy

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced a new sustainable soybean oil procurement policy to show the responsible sourcing of raw materials.

The company says through this policy it can help guide processors, farmers and all other members of the supply chain to establish practices and make sound environmental and social decisions related to the growing, harvesting and processing of soybeans.

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Bridgestone, ARLANXEO and Solvay launch TECHSYN for unrivalled environmental performance

Bridgestone, a global leader in sustainable mobility and advanced solutions, ARLANXEO, a world-leading synthetic rubber producer, and Solvay, one of the world´s top science companies and worldwide leader in Highly Dispersible Silica (HDS), both for innovation and for manufacturing, have today announced the launch of TECHSYN, a new, co-developed tyre technology platform enabling tyres to deliver unrivalled strength and environmental performance.

 

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Michelin Wins Sustainability Award for Natural Rubber Sustainable Supply Chain

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 17 December 2020 – Michelin has won the ‘Smart Mobility’ award from the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (EuroCham) at its inaugural EuroCham Sustainability Awards 2020, held virtually on November 17, 2020. The award recognized Michelin’s continued efforts to ensure that its raw materials, in particular natural rubber, are sustainably and ethically sourced.

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US Trinseo cuts dividend, mulls synthetic-rubber sale

HOUSTON (ICIS)–Trinseo is cutting its quarterly dividend to 8 cents/share, suspending its share repurchase programme, and is considering the sale of its synthetic rubber business, the US-based styrenics producer said on Monday. …

… Meanwhile, Trinseo is exploring the possible divestment of its synthetic-rubber business.

“Our synthetic-rubber business is a very valuable asset and there are significant growth opportunities in the tyre market,” Frank A. Bozich, President and CEO, said in a statement. “However, we believe the industry continues to evolve and there are other parties who can better capitalise on these growth opportunities.”

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40 industry organisations call to postpone Substances of Concern in Products (SCIP) database in Europe

Brussels, 21 September – ETRMA and a coalition of 39 industry organisations wrote a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen calling for decisive action to solve implementation issues within the EU Waste Framework Directive (WFD), specifically the Substances of Concern in Products (SCIP) database.
The signatories representing a very significant part of the European Economy request urgent resolution of implementation issues in a database designed to support the circular economy as expressed in the European Green Deal. This “SCIP” database is required by Article 9.1 of the updated Waste Framework Directive.

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Michelin and BlackCycle: A major European project for recycling end-of-life tires into new tires

Officially funded by the EU in May 2020, the BlackCycle partners are pleased to announce the launch of the project today. The BlackCycle project involves 13 organisations1 in a unique European public-private partnership that will demonstrate the technical, environmental, and economic viability of world-first circular processes. The consortium will develop specific solutions to produce sustainable raw materials for tyres: ELT collection and feedstock selection, pyrolysis2 optimisation, oil refining and valorisation, furnace process optimisation, and sustainable tyre performance assessment. As early as 5-6 years after the project, close to 1 out of every 2 European ELTs will be incorporated into the only virtuous cycle of this magnitude amongst all industrial sectors for the recovery of end of life products.

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Elastomers for Sustainability Top 10

The top entries for the inaugural staging of ERJ’s new Elastomers for Sustainability initiative has now been decided by our judging panel led by leading experts in the field of polymer science & technology.

E4S is an industry-first sustainability initiative, designed to highlight significant advances for end-user sectors including automotive, tires, automotive components, construction, consumer, industrial and medical.

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Halcyon Agri founding chief executive Robert Meyer retires

NATURAL rubber supplier Halcyon Agri Corporation on Monday said its founding chief executive officer (CEO) Robert Meyer, as well as chief corporate officer Pascal Demierre, retired on Friday. 

Taking over from Mr Meyer as CEO is David Li Xuetao, the former CEO of GMG Global. He has more than 20 years of experience in the tyre, synthetic rubber and natural rubber business, mainboard-listed Halcyon Agri said in a regulatory update.

Halcyon Agri acquired industry peer GMG Global in 2016 in a series of transactions to consolidate the natural rubber business of Sinochem International Corp – Halcyon Agri’s major shareholder.

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Orion Engineered Carbons Commissions New Air Emissions Controls at U.S. Facility

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. (NYSE: OEC), a worldwide supplier of specialty and high-performance Carbon Black, today announced that it has successfully completed a significant upgrade of its emissions controls at its plant in Orange, Texas. As a result of these actions, the site complies with strengthened environmental standards which reduce the site’s emission permits for NOx and SO2 by 2,300 metric tons of air pollutant emissions per year.

 

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