Smithers Adds Tire & Wheel Business Development Manager

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Smithers has announced the addition of Mark Shackelford as business development manager of tire and wheel for North America as part of the Smithers Materials Science and Engineering division.

Shackelford is responsible for business development efforts for the tire and wheel industry, connecting clients to tire, wheel and snow traction testing, the Smithers Tire Analysis Report and technical consulting. He will work closely with Smithers laboratory operations managers and subject matter experts.

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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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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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Phillips Carbon Black plans overseas R&D centre

Phillips Carbon Black Ltd. (PCBL) is planning to set up an overseas R&D centre, its chairman Sanjiv Goenka said.

This centre is likely to help the company find new applications and a diversified product mix for the carbon black that PCBL produces across its four plants in India. It plans to double the share of value-added products to 15% in two years. Indications were that the R&D centre may be located in Europe and could be either a new unit or acquired.

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New Rubber Board RPC with road-map for NR

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The new Rubber Production Commissioner of Rubber Board, India, Sabu P Idicula, who has taken charge recently, is a scientist by profession, and experienced in crop protection and various aspects of plantation management. He has been working as Joint Director (Crop Protection) in the Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII).

A known researcher and administrator, Sabu started his career as Agricultural Officer in Kerala State Agriculture Department. He played a crucial role in developing economic and efficient disease management strategies and in the studies on impact of various diseases on growth and yield in rubber. He had been editor to various journals, books and other publications of RRII and the Rubber Board. He is also the Chairman of Corynespora Task Force formed by the Board for control of Corynespora leaf disease of rubber.

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Nokian to focus on sustainability at new test facility

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Santa Cruz De La Zarza, Spain — Nokian Tyres PLC has said stepped up its focus on sustainability with the construction of a new technology centre in the Spanish town of Santa Cruz De La Zarza.

In addition to allowing for year-round testing of summer, all-season and winter tires, the tech centre—Nokian’s third globally—will focus on the cultivation of the guayule plant and its and utilization in the manufacturing of tires that demonstration environmentally friendly characteristics.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

CenTiRe sees improvements with tire simulation, but says work remains

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INDIANAPOLIS—The use of simulation has made great strides the past few decades to where it is an integral part of the tire development process, but it still has room to grow, according to the keynote speaker at the ACS Rubber Division Spring…

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Nokian Tires to build new testing and technology center in Spain

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Nokian Tires has launched the construction of a new testing and technology center in Spain. The groundbreaking ceremony was held this Friday on the grounds of the new center in Santa Cruz de la Zarza. The first test tracks will be completed next year, and the technology center is expected to be fully operational in 2020.

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Technology focus: Arlanxeo’s new self-sealing tire compound

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Hanover, Germany – Arlanxeo has developed a special compound for use in self-sealing tires, the synthetic rubber maker recently announced

The material, which is applied on the interior of a vehicle tire, enables punctures to be automatically sealed, said a 19 Feb company statement.

The development is in line with the requirements of future vehicles, according Frank Lückgen, global marketing director, tire, at Arlanxeo’s Tire & Specialty Rubbers business unit (BU TSR).

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Smithers Rapra Report: The Future of Green Tires to 2023

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TRAC Members receive 15 per cent discount on all rubber industry market reports produced by Smithers Rapra.

A “green tire” is defined as a tire optimised for low rolling resistance, using materials – especially elastomers – that are from renewable (sustainable) materials.

What methodology is used?

The data and information for this report were gathered using a combination of primary and secondary research. Primary research consisted of interviews with specialists, including fuel companies, tire fillers, raw material suppliers and additive suppliers. Secondary research consisted of a review of published material, conference proceedings and information from organisations and companies involved in the production, supply and use of tires and their ingredients. These data were analysed to provide estimates and forecasts for the tire markets by end-use sector, type and region.

What will you discover?

  • Identify and examine current and emerging sustainable technologies for tires, including materials used, production processes and recycling or disposing of end-of-life tires
  • Learn about commercial and automotive vehicle tires, as well as other niche markets
  • Understand global trends, and factors that may affect the industry
  • Find out about cutting-edge technology developments

 

 

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