Save the Date – Rubber Industry in the Spotlight: Tire and Rubber Summit 2017

About the Tire & Rubber Summit

The precursor of our Tire & Rubber Summit dates back more than 30 years, and its core value remains constant to this day: as a networking aggregator, bring together C-level executives of the tire and rubber industry to collaborate, reveal latest trends and address key issues and developments affecting the global tire industry, with a spotlight on Canada.

In the Tire & Rubber Summit, TRAC created world-class event that explores the rubber industry’s economic aspects, technology, innovation and regulation. All the expertise put forth at the event comes from executives in rubber companies, non-tire manufacturers, rubber compounders, suppliers, auxiliary businesses, and regulators who together create what we know to be the global rubber industry.

Our event features presentations and speakers who deliver thought-provoking ideas, allows the attendees the opportunity to absorb the latest industry insights, and jumpstarts industry conversations. The Summit’s professional presentations provide latest insights and uncover potential new market directions, while the cooperative and collegial environment creates invaluable networking opportunities, connects new business opportunities, and helps grow market presence and increase business performance.

 

Summit 2017: Industry in the Spotlight

With 200-year history of production, manufacturing and market experience, the rubber industry is the most agile one when it comes to raising up to the challenges and evolving with market demands. Today, the industry faces regulatory challenges brought on by global economic and political changes, need to meet increased demand using limited natural resources, new competition, as well as the ‘elasticity’ of the market—its fragmentation as well as consolidation. But in the face of these challenges, the industry continues to competitively feed the ever-growing demand for this one most strategic of resources.

 

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Koppers Holdings Inc. Schedules Fourth Quarter 2016 Conference Call

PITTSBURGHFeb. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE: KOP) intends to release its fourth quarter 2016 financial results before the opening of the markets on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, and discuss its results on a conference call later that day at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Presentation materials will be available online at least 15 minutes before the call.

Interested parties may access the live audio broadcast by dialing 866-719-0110 in the United States/Canada, or 719-234-0008 for international, Conference ID number 4441959. Investors are requested to access the call at least five minutes before the scheduled start time in order to complete a brief registration. An audio replay will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the call at 888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820, Conference ID number 4441959. The recording will be available for replay through March 24, 2017.

The live broadcast of the Koppers conference call will be available online: http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/opof589q. (Due to the length of this URL, it may be necessary to copy and paste this hyperlink into your internet browser’s URL address field.)

If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, the call will be archived on www.koppers.com and www.streetevents.com shortly after the live call and continuing through March 24, 2017.

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Bridgestone, Conti and SRI win at TTI Awards

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Sustainable innovation, and next-generation information and communication technologies were championed at this year’s Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence.

The awards are decided by the votes of a 27-strong panel of experts from the tire industry and academia, with the winners announced last night (Wednesday, February 15) during Tire Technology Expo, at a Gala Dinner at the Hannover Congress Centrum.

This year’s winners are testament to how the latest consumer electronics and cutting-edge information communication technology are being successfully adopted into tire design and manufacturing, yielding great results.

Graham Heeps, editor, Tire Technology International & chairman of the judging panel said: “Cutting-edge sustainability and information technology is more prominent than ever among this year’s winners, showing that the tire industry is at the forefront of high-tech research, development and manufacturing. The judging panel was impressed by the strength in depth among this year’s finalists. Picking the winners gets harder every year!”

Bridgestone was awarded Tire Manufacturing Innovation of the Year with judges overwhelmingly voting for the brand’s Examation tire assembly system. Examation combines revolutionary artificial intelligence with information and communication technologies, for improved quality and enhanced factory productivity.

Versalis/Genomatica won the Environmental Achievement of the Year award for their long-term project to create renewable butadiene. The companies embarked on the joint venture in a bid to address concerns around potential butadiene shortages and price increases. In a demonstration run in 2016, several kilograms of renewable butadiene were prepared starting from commercial sugars, with polymerization tests showing no differences between the polybutadiene prepared from fossil or renewable feedstock.

Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI, producers of Falken tires) won the Tire Technology of the Year category for a record third time with its Advanced 4D Nano Design, which makes is possible to perform highly realistic simulations of the complex internal structures and behaviours of rubber materials at the nanoscale. The technology is being used to develop next-generation tire materials, including a new tread rubber that doubled the wear performance of SRI’s standard tread rubber from 2011.

The Tire Industry Supplier of the Year award was presented to Harm Voortman, president and CEO, VMI Group. Judges recognized the launch of VMI’s Milexx truck-tire building machine, along with further debuts including its Retrax automated pre-cure tread applicator, Pixxel vision system, and its new manufacturing facility in Leszno, Poland, operational from Q2 2017.

In the hotly contested Tire Manufacturer of the Year category it was Continental who scooped the prize, beating off stiff competition from Hankook, Michelin and Yokohama.

A raft of major R&D and production investments were unveiled by Continental in 2016, with German projects including a new high-performance technical center and a dedicated dandelion-rubber research center. In September, the first truck test tires containing dandelion rubber were revealed, with production expected to follow in 5-10 years.

Two specialist awards were also presented. TU Dresden PhD candidate, Pavel Sarkisov took home the Young Scientist Prize after delivering an impressive conference paper entitled “Optical measurement of tire deformation focused on transient handling properties”. Meanwhile tire materials expert, Gert Heinrich, director of the Institute of Polymer Materials at the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research in Dresden, and Continental’s former head of materials research, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more on all the winners, head to www.tiretechnology-expo.com.

Read the source article at Tire Technology International

Conti Increasing Truck Tire Prices

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Continental Tire the Americas will increase the prices of its Continental, General and AmeriSteel brand truck tires by up to 8% in the U.S. and Canada, effective March 1.

According to the tiremaker, the increase is due to the rising cost of of raw materials, as well as energy and logistics costs associated with the production and distribution of radial truck tires.

Read the source article at Tire Review

Arlanxeo introduces two SSBR grades for low rolling resistance tires

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Maastricht, The Netherlands – Arlanxeo is introducing new solution styrene butadiene rubbers (SSBR) and other tire production technologies during Tire Technology Expo in Hannover, Germany on 13-16 Feb.

The Lanxess-Saudi Aramco rubber JV said on 13 Feb that its Tire & Speciality Rubbers (TSR) unit would be introducing two new commercialised SSBRs, featuring first and second generation functionalisation technologies respectively: Buna FX 3234A-2 and Buna FX 5000.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Natural Rubber productivity: Vietnam remains on top in 2016

Vietnam continued to be on top in NR productivity in 2016, by registering an Average Annual Yield of 1,680 kg per hectare of tapped area, according to ANRPC data. Vietnam was followed by India with an Average Annual Yield of 1,455 kg, Malaysia (1,400 kg), Thailand (1,333 kg), Cambodia (1,122 kg), China (1,075 kg) and Indonesia (1,039 kg).

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Michelin publishes 2016 financial information

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Michelin reports having met its financial objectives in 2016 and its chief executive officer considers the year “a successful milestone in our strategic roadmap.” The tyre maker’s sales volumes increased 2.1 per cent during the year, outperforming the market, and an increase in operating and net income was also recorded.

Read the source article at Tyrepress

Trinseo backing new rubber technologies

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London – Trinseo expects to commercialise its neodymium BR (Nd-BR) production by end of 2017 or early 2018 depending on customer feedback, according to Samer Al-Jabi, global business director for synthetic rubber.

The Berwyn, Pennsylvania-based company announced in April 2014 that it planned to convert its nickel butadiene rubber (Ni-BR) production train in Schkopau, Germany to manufacture Nd-BR.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Study finds no increased rate of cancer among soccer players

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An investigation into a suspected cancer cluster among soccer players in Washington state found fewer than expected cases in the 5 to 24 age group, casting doubt on a theory that playing on artificial turf fields could increase the risk for cancer.

Officials from the Washington State Department of Health and the University of Washington School of Public Health launched the study after a coach for the UW women’s soccer team compiled a list of some 30 soccer players in the state who had been diagnosed with cancer, primarily Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, from the mid-1990s to 2015. The coach was particularly concerned about the number of goalkeepers with cancer and floated a theory that exposure to bits of recycled rubber used as infill in synthetic fields might be the cause. The list was later expanded to include more than 50 individuals with cancer, including some nonsoccer players who exercised on synthetic fields.

“We found that the number of cancers among all soccer players reported by the coach was less than expected, given rates of cancer in Washington residents of similar age,” said Dr. Cathy Wasserman, state epidemiologist for non-infectious conditions and lead investigator for the study.

The analysis calculated that given the number of soccer players in the state and the rate of cancer in the 5- to 24-year-old age group in the state, some 1,384 soccer players would develop cancer if there were no increased risk from synthetic turfs.

The finding suggests that the cancers reported by the coach, on its own, does not support a link between playing soccer and cancer. That was also true for goalkeepers and for players competing at higher levels, known as select or premier players.

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USW, importers face off at ITC duties hearing

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WASHINGTON (Jan. 26, 2017) — Depending on who’s talking, truck and bus tires imported from China are either underpriced and subsidized products that have snatched market share from domestic manufacturers or are products that have little substitutability with U.S.-produced tires.

These were the opposing views presented at the Jan. 24 hearing at the International Trade Commission (ITC). This hearing represents the ITC’s final public consideration of whether imported Chinese truck and bus tires have caused material injury to the U.S. truck and bus tire industry.

The United Steelworkers (USW) union filed petitions in January 2016 with the ITC under Sections 701 and 731 of the Trade Act, requesting antidumping and countervailing duty relief against Chinese truck and bus tire imports.

Read the source article at Tire Business