Michelin, partners building large-scale bio-BD plant

Paris – Michelin and its partners, IFP Energies Nouvelles and Axens, are scaling up their BioButterfly project with the construction of an “industrial prototype” plant for the production of bio-based butadiene.

Launched in late 2012, the €70-million BioButterfly project is a 10-year scheme aiming to produce butadiene from plant-based ethanol, to be used for the production of environmentally-friendly synthetic rubber.

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Pirelli honours nine companies in 2019 Supplier Awards

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Milan, Italy — Pirelli & C. SpA has honoured nine outstanding supplier companies recently with its 2019 Supplier Awards.

Pirelli chose the nine companies out of more than 10,000 that supply the tire maker globally, according to a 26-Sept Pirelli press release.

“Quality, capacity for innovation, speed and global coverage of supply were the key elements guiding the selection for the 2019 Supplier Awards,” Pirelli said.

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Pirelli, Nokian, Hankook among sustainability index leaders

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NEW YORK — Pirelli & C. SpA, Nokian Tyre P.L.C. and Hankook Tire & Technology Co. Ltd. are among the tire manufacturers named in the latest Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe Indexes, which is conducted annually by RobecoSam and S&P Dow Jones.

Pirelli earned the top spot globally in the automobile and components sector with 85 points, nearly 50 points higher than the sector average of 36 points.

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Sustainable natural rubber a big goal for industry

FAIRLAWN, Ohio—The natural rubber latex industry is taking steps toward sustainability, but it’s important to remember that the process has just begun.

That was the message from Whitney Luckett, founding president of Southland Rubber USA—which produces 200,000 metric tons of latex annually throughout its six manufacturing sites—at the 2019 International Latex Conference, held recently in Fairlawn, Ohio.

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Cabot exec sees limits on use of rCB in tires

London – There are major technical challenges to overcome before recycled carbon black (rCB) can be used as an effective alternative filler in tire compounds, believes Bart Kalkstein, president, reinforcement materials at Cabot Corp.

It is important to consider all available opportunities for tire recycling, Kalkstein set out in a Q&A interview for a new ERJ Special Report on Sustainability.*

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LANXESS included in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, again

Starting from September 23, 2019, speciality chemicals company LANXESS will be listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World for the ninth time in succession, at fourth place in the “Chemicals” category. LANXESS will also be included in the DJSI Europe for the third time in a row – as the second-best company in its industry.

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Michelin, Conti, Smag to set up JV for sustainable NR

Hanover, Germany – Michelin, Continental and French farming software company Smag are to set up a joint venture business to improve the sustainability of the natural rubber (NR) supply chain.

Rubberway, said Michelin and Conti in separate statement 12 Sept, is a “technical platform” – mobile application – that identifies and evaluates practices and risks related to the sustainability the entire NR supply chain, from rubber-processing plants downstream to plantations upstream.

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ITEC In Focus conference set for Sept. 25-26

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio—Experts from around the world will explore emerging tire sustainability trends during the ITEC In Focus: Green Tire conference, set for Sept. 25-26 in Cuyahoga Falls.

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Cooper touts stustainablity strides in CSR Report

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FINDLAY, Ohio — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has published its seventh annual Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability report, which outlines the company’s efforts on a number of fronts.

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Goodyear advances use of rice silica

Akron, Ohio – Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has progressed with the use of rice husk ash (RHA) silica in its tires as a bio-alternative to traditional sand-based silica.

The company started the production of rice-silica tires at its factory in Pulandian, china in 2015, using silica, provided by Yihai Food and Oil Industry.

In its 2018 corporate responsibility report, Goodyear said it had introduced RHA silica in ‘several of its global manufacturing facilities over the past two years.’

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