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.

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Market forces tighten silicone sector supply, spike prices

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AKRON—Tightness in silicone supply is straining the market, bringing on higher prices and causing trouble for steady sources, with no relief in sight until at least 2019, industry insiders said.

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Smithers Rapra Course: Introduction to Silicone Elastomers

This course will take place over one day, commencing at 9.15am and finishing at 4.30pm.

The properties and processing of silicone elastomers are often very different from other Elastomers. 

This course is structured to provide an understanding and overview of the main types of silicone elastomer currently available and will give a comparison of chemical structure; manufacturers; grades; properties; compounding; processing and applications between each type.

Enough basic polymer science is included to understand these topics, and extensive use will be made of samples and other visual aids to assist. Reference is made to the place of silicone rubber relative to other commercial polymers.

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Shin-Etsu sees double-digit growth in silicones business

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TOKYO—Japanese materials supplier Shin-Etsu saw double-digit increases in sales and operating income at its silicones business.

In the nine-month report covering April-December 2017, the Japanese company reported a 14.7 percent rise in sales to $1.4 million, compared to the same period last year.

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Starlim expansion nears completion

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LONDON, Ontario—Starlim North America Corp. is on pace to complete the first phase of a multi-year expansion project at its liquid silicone rubber molding factory in London by the end of this summer.

The subsidiary of Austria’s Starlim Sterner Group broke ground on the $20 million project in September 2016 as part of a five- to seven-year plan to boost capacity to match the growth projected in the company’s business plan.

“Our company is privately held and the owner has a really long-term horizon in terms of planning,” said John Timmerman, Starlim North America vice president of sales and marketing. “The current construction is based on five to seven years, but we’re actually already planned out construction-wise for an additional five years should that be necessary. We’re planned out to 2025 in terms of capacity and sales.”

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ERJ Top 10 Technology Stories

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ERJ focus on significant developments and advances in rubber materials, processing and application technologies:

Mesnac advances “most intelligent” TBM

TIRE MANUFACTURE – Mesnac has recently introduced what it said was “the most intelligent tire building machine (TBM) designed independently in China”. The PS2A PCR machine, features ‘synchronous turn-up’ and intelligent control technologies, and achieves cycle times of less than 40s…

Yokohama taps ‘informatics’ to accelerate rubber research

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Shin-Etsu expanding in Akron

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AKRON—Shin-Etsu Silicones of America Inc. is set to increase its production capabilities for the North American market.

The firm is investing $21.3 million to add a 44,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility at its Akron campus, which currently consists of five buildings—production sites and a technical center—and 200 employees.

The new site will add 20-30 jobs, according to Eric Bishop, North America marketing manager for Shin-Etsu, and is set to be operational by 2019, though Bishop said the firm hopes to begin some production in 2018.

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Silcotech is spending $2 million on upgrades to headquarters plant

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BOLTON, Ontario—Silcotech North America is spending close to $2 million to expand its Bolton, Ontario, headquarters plant.

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Tire & Rubber Industry Rundown: European Rubber Journal

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Asia BD price drop… Nike sales… Clariant-Huntsman link-up… Michelin buys wine reviewer… Conti acquires… Eversafe Rubber… SKF sued ?… Firestone leak… UK down… Kumho limbo… Thai NR…

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Acquisitions allow Trelleborg to add more product offerings

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NEW YORK—Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has added more medical silicone parts to its portfolio thanks to a late 2016 acquisition.

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