Tire & Rubber Summit 2019: Suppliers ready to overcome tire industry challenges

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TORONTO—Raw material suppliers face various challenges in providing tire makers with the quality and quantity of materials they need. But they are more than prepared to meet those challenges.

This was the message representatives from three raw materials sectors—carbon black, natural rubber and synthetic rubber—had for attendees at “Driving to the Future,” the 2019 Tire & Rubber Summit sponsored by the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada.

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Asahi Kasei still mulling SR plant in Europe

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LONDON—Japanese materials supplier Asahi Kasei is continuing to assess plans to build a synthetic rubber plant in Europe, the company said.

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Future Tire: Tires could give new life to packaging waste

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Cologne, Germany – Recycled styrene from plastic waste streams has the capability to be “upcycled” in tires, according to Sandra Hofmann, global technology & innovation director, synthetic rubber, Trinseo.

“The question is, how to transform from a linear production model to something which enables the circular economy,” said Hofmann, during a presentation to Future Tire Conference 2019, held in Cologne, 11-12 June.

Polystyrene, according to Hofmann, has “a very unique feature” in that it…

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Kumho’s Jong-Hoon Baek elected president of the IISRP

SEATTLE— Jong-Hoon Baek, an executive vice president for Kumho Petrochemicals, was elected president of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers for 2019-20.He will succeed Brian Chapman, who will become the institute’s past–president international.

Baek, who was elected at the association’s 60th annual general meeting on May 15, has a range of experience in the polymer industry from roles he has had in technical, marketing and sales areas, in addition to senior management positions he has held.

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Synthetic rubber outperforms natural rubber for the first time

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Initial testing of tires made from the nature-identical, biomimetic synthetic rubber (BISYKA) shows that they achieve around 30 to 50 percent less abrasion compared to natural rubber tires. … 

On April 4, 2019, the researchers present their results at a transfer workshop at the annual conference of the German Rubber Society, East (Deutsche Kautschuk-Gesellschaft Ost) in Merseburg, Germany.

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Synthetic rubber development could yield improved truck tires

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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.

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Continental Introduces New Compound for RDT-Master for Rigid Dump Trucks

Continental is further extending its tire portfolio for the earthmoving industry with the launch of a new compound for its RDT-Master for use on rigid dump trucks.

The cut-resistant compound was developed for rough and abrasive applications where tires have to withstand sharp gravel, rocks and stones.

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Ravago buys rubber distributor HB Chemical

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Twinsburg, Ohio – Ravago Holdings America Inc has acquired  HB Chemical Inc for an undisclosed amount.

Based in Twinsburg, Ohio, HB Chemical is a North American distributor for the rubber industry.

The company’s product portfolio includes synthetic rubber, accelerators, plasticisers and antioxidants required by manufacturers of rubber and elastomer products.

“HB represents a unique combination of Ravago’s core businesses: polymers and chemicals,” Ravago America CEO Jim Duffy said in a statement.

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Trinseo presents new synthetic rubber solution

Trinseo, the global plastics, latex binder, and synthetic rubber manufacturer, is introducing a new grade of multifunctionalized S-SBR called Sprintan 918S, at the Tire Technology Expo from March 5-7 in Hanover, Germany.

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Rubber chemical traders converge for RCMA Silver Jubilee fete

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The Rubber Chemical Merchants Association (RCMA) celebrated its Silver Jubilee (25th anniversary) in Mumbai recently by organising an event styled Optima 6, a platform for rubber chemical traders across the country for networking and knowledge-sharing.

The theme of the networking event was: ‘Trade Openness, Boosting Competitiveness.’ Dr Parimal Merchant, Director – Global FMB Program at S. P. Jain School of Global Management, delivered a talk on current issues in family business.

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