Hankook Tire Partners with ARLANXEO

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Hankook Tire and ARLANXEO agree on R&D partnership to develop new synthetic rubber grades and technologies for premium-performance tires.

Hankook Tire signed a second memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ARLANXEO, the world’s largest synthetic rubber producer, to co-develop synthetic rubber technologies for high-performance tires.

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Raw-materials prices still volatile

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WASHINGTON — Volatility in raw materials prices for tires and rubber goods has moderated since last year, but is far from gone, according to manufacturers and industry analysts.

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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).

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Trinseo sales and profit grow in 2017, more expected for 2018

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BERWYN, Pa.—Positive 2017 results are leading executives with materials maker Trinseo to increase guidance for 2018.

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Sibur rubber sales up 10% in 2017

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Moscow – PAO Sibur Holding has reported a significant rise in synthetic rubber sales in its operational and financial results for full year 2017.

Sales of ‘elastomers’ increased by 9.7% year-on-year to 485 kilotonnes, according to the 28 Feb statement from the Russian energy and petrochemicals major.

Sibur linked the gains to increased capacity loading at its SBS production facility in Voronezh on the back of improved market conditions.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Synthetic rubber producer Arlanxeo proposes tire sealant material

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HANNOVER, Germany — Synthetic rubber producer Arlanxeo Performance Elastomers has developed an elastomer compound that it claims seals punctures, making it ideal for use in self-sealing tires. Arlanxeo — a joint venture of Germany\’s Lanxess A.G. and Saudi Aramco of Saudi Arabia — did not disclose specifics as to the type of elastomer nor say…

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Report: Michelin-licensed rubber JV to start operation in Q2 ‘18

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Jakarta – A Michelin-licensed synthetic rubber manufacturing plant in Indonesian is 93.5% complete and set to start production in spring, according to a news report.

The facility is to be operated by PT Synthetic Rubber Indonesia (SRI), a joint venture company of Michelin and PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk (CAP).

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Kumho Petrochemical expects materials prices to rise

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Seoul – Kumho Petrochemical is expecting slight improvements in prices for butadiene and maybe also synthetic rubber over the coming months – in contrast to the roller-coaster trends of last year.

In its 2017 full year financial statement, the South Korean rubber and resin manufacturer said butadiene supply is forecast to be “stable” due to new operations in the region.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

The US Rubber Industry Challenging Times

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The might of the US rubber industry over the years has grown by leaps and bounds. Changing with the times, the region continues to be a major force in terms of rubber and tyre consumption apart from being a major producer and consumer of synthetic rubber (SR), a host of speciality rubber chemicals and home to a booming US$130 billion medical devices market, the largest in the world. The region is also fiercely competitive in all aspects of the wider tyre market — passenger car tyres, truck and bus tyres, agricultural tyres and OTR tyres.

The United States’ rubber industry has an eventful past, a pulsating present and a challenging future. During the late 19th century, Ohio emerged as the leader of rubber production in the United States. Numerous rubber companies 

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Polymax TPE expands production

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WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Polymax Thermoplastic Elastomers, a manufacturer and custom compounder of thermoplastic elastomers, will increase the size of its production operation, adding about 8 million pounds of annual capacity.

Read the source article at Rubber and Plastics News