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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Smithers Rapra: The Future of Rubber Belts and Hoses to 2022


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

This new exclusive study assesses the consumption of rubber for the various diverse applications for rubber belts and hoses.

Automotive applications dominate the market, although rail, aerospace and marine are making increasing demands on belts and hoses. Other applications such as oil and gas exploration, food processing, general fluid transfer and conveyor belts are also covered.

The trend towards automated manufacturing is driving the development of sophisticated robots, both belt and/or hydraulically driven.

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Smithers Rapra Report: The Future of Green Tires to 2023


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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Smithers Rapra expert to speak at Tire Technology Expo 2018


AKRON — Bruce Lambillotte, vice president of technical consulting at Smithers Rapra, will deliver a presentation on the present and future landscape of lightweighting in truck tires at the Tire Technology Expo 2018 in Hanover, Germany, Feb. 20-22.

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Tire test capabilities expanded at the Smithers Rapra Tire and Wheel testing lab in China


The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and Silent Sensors are developing tire sensors using additive manufacturing and novel materials. As part of this, Silent Sensors will make IoT components using a roll-to-roll process pioneered by CPI, which can be incorporated into tires

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The introduction of six new testing machines will improve the Suzhou laboratory’s ability to serve customer requests and will provide a 35% boost in capacity.

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