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Elkem Silicones expands capacity to meet growing demand in North America

6/14/2019 - East Brunswick, NJ - Elkem Silicones has expanded its local product offering to include upstream basic silicones to meet the growing demands of the North American marketplace. These basic silicone materials, including cyclosiloxanes D4 and D5, polydimethylsiloxane oils (PDMS), silanol fluids, emulsions and sealants, now will be readily available in warehouses located throughout the United States. Elkem Silicones manufactures these materials in two facilities located in St. Fons, France, and Xinghuo, China, that supply customers, as well as Elkem's downstream manufacturing, around the globe. "Elkem has strategically invested in siloxane capacity expansions to meet the increasing global demand for silicone materials today and into the future. In North America, we are diversifying our product offering to include upstream materials to match a...
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Orion Engineered Carbon to expand gas blacks capacity at Cologne facility

6/14/2019 - Houston, TX - Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. announced that it will expand its production capacity for gas blacks at its Cologne (Kalscheuren) plant in Germany. Orion is responding to the continuously growing global market for waterborne and solventborne coatings by debottlenecking its gas black production. Orion’s gas blacks are said to feature excellent fineness and a very narrow particle size distribution to provide the deepest blackness specialty carbon blacks available for demanding coatings customers. “The expansion of capacity in Cologne is one more step in the rapid realignment of Orion’s portfolio toward higher value-added carbon blacks for specialty and technical rubber applications,” said Corning Painter, Orion’s chief executive officer. Dr. Sandra Niewiem, vice president, business line specialty carbon black, added, “Products f...
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Titan to host advanced TIA Tire Service Training

6/14/2019 - Des Moines, IA - Titan International, Inc. is offering four advanced training sessions with the Tire Industry Association (TIA) this summer at Titan’s training facility in Boone, IA. Courses will be taught by Matthew White, director of tire service at TIA. The sessions include agriculture, forestry and off-the-road (OTR) tire service training. Session dates are as follows: Session 1 – Agriculture: June 9-12 Session 2 – Agriculture: July 8-11 Session 3 – Agriculture: July 29-August 1 Session 4 – Agriculture, Forestry and OTR: August 4-9 “We appreciate manufacturers like Titan that put training at the forefront of their initiatives and recognize the importance of their dealers’ knowledge of safety procedures,” says Matthew White, director of tire service at TIA. “Partnering with Titan allows us to uphold our mission of promoting s...
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Trelleborg inaugurates expanded silicone solutions facility in Bulgaria

6/14/2019 - Pernik, Bulgaria - On May 29, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions inaugurated its expanded manufacturing facility in Pernik, Bulgaria. Adding over 1,000 square meters of production and warehouse space, it allows this facility to further focus on its liquid silicone rubber (LSR) manufacturing and provide an enhanced service to its customers. Kristian Brok, president, global operations, elastomers, says: “The expansion of the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions facility in Pernik is a significant step. It will enable continued growth of our sales of LSR products for industrial and automotive applications. It is also an important element of our strategy to offer sophisticated products based on advanced technology.” The original facility in Pernik was opened in 2010 and construction of the extension began in 2018. The facility produces LSR solutions for au...
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Bridgestone plans 3 percent price hike for Japanese aftermarket tires

6/14/2019 - Tokyo, Japan - Bridgestone Corp. is set to increase its prices on aftermarket tires shipped within Japan starting August 1. With distribution-related costs surging amid factors such as a labor shortage, and the expectation that this trend will continue going forward, Bridgestone has decided on the strategy of increasing its own prices in response. This marks the company’s first price increase since 2004 that has not been caused by rising raw material costs. The price hike is slated to apply to tires for passenger cars and vans; small trucks and buses; regular trucks and buses; construction and mining equipment; industrial vehicles; and motorcycles. These changes will apply to both summer and winter tires, and will see prices on these tires rise by 3 percent across the board. Explaining its decision, Bridgestone said that while it has made...
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Dow launches next generation of silicone optical bonding materials for displays

6/14/2019 - Midland, MI - Dow Performance Silicones unveiled at CES Asia 2019 two new optical bonding solutions for automotive and consumer displays exposed to harsh environmental conditions. They include DowSil VE-2003 UV optical bonding material, designed to bond a glass or plastic display cover and touch panel to the LCD or OLED display module, and DowSil VE-4001 UV electrode protective resin, which protects electrodes on the display module. “As interactive displays in connected vehicles play an increasingly vital role in safety, navigation and entertainment, consumers expect an exceptional user experience,” said Jayden Cho, global consumer marketing segment leader, Dow Performance Silicones. “These displays must sustain their performance over the vehicle lifespan, under the demanding conditions of automotive interiors. DowSil VE optical bonding m...
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Market Reports

Mold Release Agents market is projected to reach $2.5 billion by 2024

6/12/2019 - Chicago, IL - According to the new market research report published by MarketsandMarkets™, the Mold Release Agents Market is projected to reach USD 2.5 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 6.0% from USD 1.8 billion in 2019. Growing production of automobiles and increased use of mold release agents in various applications such as rubber molding, PU molding, and composite molding are expected to drive the mold release agents market. In addition, rapid urbanization and industrialization in countries such as China and India will increase the demand for various end-use products such as concrete, rubber, plastics, and wood. This factor is estimated to drive the mold release agents market. The water-based mold release agent product type segment is estimated to lead the market, in terms of value, in 2019. The demand for water-based mold release agen... (read more)

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