Michelin signs synthetic rubber supply deal with Nizhnekamskneftekhim

Russian rubber and petrochemicals manufacturer Nizhnekamskneftekhim signed an agreement to provide synthetic rubber to Michelin during a meeting held in late June.

A delegation from the Russian company, including Vladimir Busygin, chairman of the board of directors and other senior officials, visited Michelin’s R&D center in Clermont-Ferrand, France to discuss the supply of new brands of synthetic rubber to the tyre maker.

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Trinseo Completes Acquisition of API Applicazioni Plastiche Industriali S.p.A.

Blog This Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of API Applicazioni Plastiche Industriali S.p.A. (API). The transaction includes API’s manufacturing and research facility at Mussolente, Italy, and all of API’s business, employees and assets. The API management team and employees are now part of Trinseo’s Performance Plastics business.

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Asahi seeing strong tire sector demand

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Tokyo – Asahi Kasei Corp. is expecting strong demand for its tire rubber materials this year, officials said at a recent conference about the company’s 2016 financial results.

“Demand for synthetic rubber for fuel-efficient tires has been firm,” said a transcript of the meeting, noting that both lines at Asahi’s Singapore plant have been “fully utilised” recently.

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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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Summary of Latest News in the Global Rubber Industry

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Summary of Latest News and Events in the Global Rubber Industry …

June

21/6 Indonesian authorities are unfazed by a recent drop in natural rubber prices as market fundamentals remain strong, Reuters has reported. According to…

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Trinseo marks 80 years of rubber production at Schkopau

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Horgen, Switzerland  – Trinseo has marked 80 years of synthetic rubber production in Schkopau, Germany, a production site with an event for employees, local associations and institutes and officials.

A 13 June company statement also highlighted new projects at the site, which directs much of its production to the tire industry.

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Trinseo CEO to receive leadership award

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BERWYN, Pa.—The Chemical Marketing and Economics group of the American Chemical Society’s New York Section has selected Trinseo CEO and President Christopher Pappas as the recipient of its Leadership Award for Outstanding Corporate Reinvention.

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Synthetic rubber suppliers face a crude hard truth

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This observation — by Yuka Kimoto, director of marketing for Lion Elastomers — is the accepted wisdom in the synthetic rubber market, and with good reason.

Prices for a wide swath of synthetic rubbers have gone sharply up in the past few months, sparked by equally sharp increases in butadiene, methanol and other petrochemical feedstocks.

Considering oil prices alone, there is no reason to believe that feedstock prices — and, with them, SR prices — are coming down any time soon. As of March 30, futures for both West Texas Intermediate Crude and Brent Crude were at a three-week high, at around $50 or so per barrel, indicating bullish prices for anything based on petroleum.

However, according to authoritative sources, butadiene prices are starting to fall.

The reason is another well-known factor, in SR and in every other commodity: supply and demand. In the case of butadiene, there was another issue: location, location, location.

Scheduled and unscheduled maintenance shutdowns for butadiene facilities in Asia and Europe placed limits on the availability of butadiene, according to sources who spoke to Rubber & Plastics News and European Rubber Journal.

An unexpected surge of demand for butadiene in China, starting in the fall of 2016 and continuing into 2017, caused Asian butadiene prices to soar as high as $3,000 per metric ton. North American and European prices, though never as high as in Asia, rose accordingly.

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Arlanxeo sales, earnings drop in “difficult” environment

Cologne, Germany – Arlanxeo, the 50:50 synthetic rubber joint venture between Lanxess and Saudi Aramco has reported a 5.2% decrease in sales to €2.71 billion in the full fiscal year 2016.

In its financial results for the year 2016, German-based parent company Lanxess said the drop in sales was due to “persistently difficult competitive environment.”

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Consumer Goods Stocks on Investors’ Radar — Trinseo

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NEW YORK, March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — On Tuesday, benchmark US indices were in bearish colors as the NASDAQ Composite closed the trading session down 0.32%; the Dow Jones Industrial Average edged 0.21% lower; and the S&P 500 was down 0.34%. …

On Tuesday, shares in Berwyn, Pennsylvania headquartered Trinseo S.A. ended the session 0.07% lower at $70.30 with a total volume of 532,964 shares traded. Trinseo’s shares have advanced 0.50% in the last one month and 17.36% in the previous three months. Furthermore, the stock has rallied 106.35% in the past one year. Shares of the Company, which manufactures and markets synthetic rubber, latex binders, and plastic products in EuropeNorth AmericaLatin America, and the Asia/Pacific, are trading at a PE ratio of 10.47. The stock is trading 5.55% above its 50-day moving average and 25.26% above its 200-day moving average. 

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