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.”
The European Chemicals Agency, ECHA, an agency of the EU has established a time table of the steps they are taking, which is driven by health concerns from the use of crumb rubber on sporting fields or children’s playgrounds, as well as emissions from using the material as furnace fuel. It mainly investigates the environmental impact from the use of crumb rubber granules with most of the material coming from end-of-life recycled tyres. They have particularly highlighted their concern at the presence of the carcinogenic PAH (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons).
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).
POTSDAM, Germany — Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research in Germany have developed a polyisoprene synthetic rubber they claim can exceed the treadwear performance of natural rubber in truck tires.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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).