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Yokohama Rubber develops hardening accelerator for urethane waterproofing film  

Monday, June 25, 2018

Tokyo, Japan - Yokohama Rubber MB Japan will release the EU-One Oneda-F hardening accelerator for urethane waterproofing film as a new addition to the Criterion series of products. When used at a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius, the EU-One Oneda-F hardening accelerator hardens urethane waterproofing film in five hours. This allows the entire waterproofing process to be completed in one day. Urethane film waterproofing is one way of waterproofing a building. In this process, a coat of liquid urethane resin is applied to a surface and hardened to form a waterproof layer. The disadvantage, however, is that the process is lengthy compared to methods such as asphalt or sheet waterproofing, as the film takes a long time to dry. Yokohama Rubber MB Japan has shortened that time with EU-One, a urethane waterproofing film with only a single ingredient. The film is applied with the company’s proprietary Oneda-F method. By mixing in the EU-One Oneda-F hardening accelerator to speed up hardening, builders can quickly move on to the next task and shorten project schedules. - * Email

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Cooper Standard signs agreement with Inoac for Fortrex distribution in Japan and Asia  

Monday, June 25, 2018

Tokyo, Japan - Inoac has signed a licensing agreement with Cooper Standard for its Japanese and Asian bases, aiming to grow its business in these regions. In October, the company will set up a designated production line at its Seino Ohno Plant in Ibi District, Gifu Prefecture, establishing here extrusion facilities exclusively for Fortrex. Inoac plans to start mass-producing Fortrex within this year, and going forward will also deploy similar facilities for the product at its production bases in China and Southeast Asia, gradually rolling out production across these locations. One of Fortrex’s characteristics is that it is lightweight, about 10 percent lighter than TPV, and 20 to 30 percent lighter than EPDM. It also boasts better heat resistance and compression set characteristics than EPDM, which is already excellent in both of those areas. Even at temperatures from 70–175 degrees Celsius, Fortrex experiences very little distortion: At 175 degrees Celsius, its distortion is a remarkable 80 percent lower than TPV and EPDM at the same temperature. Fortrex also has excellent cold resistance, making it capable of handling temperatures of minus 40 degrees Celsius. Since it uses no carbon, the material also has excellent electrical insulation properties, and can easily handle colorization. In other qualities, Fortrex has crosslinking points make up more than 80 percent of its total structure, much higher than TPV, which has very few such points, and EPDM, where they make up less than 30 percent of the material. This gives Fortrex excellent hysteresis and abrasion resistance, according to the company. - * Email

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Sumitomo Riko starts construction on new R&D center in Hesse, Germany  

Monday, June 25, 2018

Steinau, Germany - Sumitomo Riko is now launching the construction of a new technology center in Steinau an der Straße, Germany. With this, the world market leader for vibration control components underlines its strategic position vis-à-vis European car manufacturers and aligns its development activities even more closely with the requirements of new mobility concepts. "The automotive industry is currently undergoing tremendous technological change through the use of electric drives and autonomous driving," said Tsutomu Matsuoka, executive managing director of the Sumitomo Riko Group. The decisive factor is the opportunity to redesign a development center that is geared to the requirements of the customer. "The new technology center is an important milestone in our strategy of translating global innovation into tailored applications that support the challenges of European OEM customers in their global business." "With the new center, we will not only optimize the current development processes. At the same time we will create space for the development of new technologies,"explains Hiroaki Tanahashi, CTO of SumiRiko AVS Germany. This will also create test benches for systems that improve the ride comfort of electric vehicles. "We are already developing many components for new vehicle concepts, which will soon go into series production, and are now also rigorously aligning our development conditions with the new challenges," says Olaf Hahn, managing director of SumiRiko AVS Germany and responsible for the AVS business Europe. This investment of around EUR 10 million is another commitment of the group to the Steinau location. The construction project will consist of an extension of the current administration building and a technology center and will comprise a total of 5,300 square meters of floor space. After the start of construction in April this year, a completion in spring 2019 is planned. As with the existing office building, SumiRiko has commissioned the construction company Goldbeck with general planning and turnkey construction work. - * Email

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Wacker announces Intertronics as RTV silicone distributor in the U.K. and Ireland  

Monday, June 25, 2018

Kidlington, U.K. - Munich based chemical company Wacker and Intertronics announced the signing of a distribution contract under which Intertronics will sell Wacker’s range of RTV silicone encapsulants and potting compounds, adhesive sealants and thermally conductive compounds to customers in the U.K. and Ireland. Intertronics’ customers are involved in technology manufacturing in areas such as electronics, lighting, automotive, defense and aerospace. Wacker’s silicone rubber products are used as sealants and gaskets, adhesives and protective potting and encapsulation materials, applications which are very familiar to the Intertronics team. Thermal management is another demand, as electronics designs continue to pursue increasing power in smaller circuits. Thermally conductive silicones provide an answer to controlling the resultant heat. Peter Swanson, managing director of Intertronics, explains, “Silicone chemistry offers great benefits for our customers, including outstanding long term temperature stability, very good chemical resistance and long-lasting flexibility. It is a strategically important and synergistic addition to our range, adding extended capability. We are very excited to be working with Wacker with its huge resources and strong brand.” Gabriele Thye, managing director of Wacker’s U.K. sales region, adds, “We welcome Intertronics as a Wacker distributor. Their position as a trusted advisor to the market and their renowned high level of customer service will be key to generating many new mutual customers.” - * Email

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Farm tires market forecast to grow at a 6 percent CAGR through 2028  

Monday, June 25, 2018

Rockville, MD - The latest study by Fact.MR projects the farm tires market to grow at a 6 percent CAGR through 2028. The report finds that sluggishness in the U.S. farm sector remains a key restraining factor for the growth of farm tires market. Weak commodity prices have cut farm earnings, which has led to a decline in equipment spending. The sluggishness continues to impact sales of both new and replacement tires. The report finds that manufacturer focus has shifted to digitalization and adoption of innovative technology. Product differentiation has emerged as a key strategy for market players to increase sales. The prevailing low commodity prices are influencing farm owners to boost operational efficiency, while reducing overheads. These developments have compelled farm tire manufacturers to launch technologically superior and cost-efficient products in the market. In view of the evolving end-user demand, launch of innovative agriculture tires that are equipped with sensors is likely to gain ground during the assessment period. The prevailing scenario in the market has also induced a ‘shop for value’ trend among end-users. The weakness in global commodity prices has meant that farm owners are prioritizing price over quality. The change in buying behavior has made farm tire manufacturers to make changes to production. Farm tire manufacturers are now including cost-effective offerings in their portfolio. Demand for farm tires is higher in tractors segment as compared to harvesters. According to the report, demand for farm tires is highest in the 45 to 140 HP category. The demand for farm tires in the 300 to 450 HP harvesters is the highest. The report projects these two vehicle types to remain at the forefront of adoption for farm tires during the assessment period. Spreaders remain the least attractive segment for farm tire manufacturers, and the status quo is likely to remain unchanged during the assessment period. The radialization trend in the farm tires market is tapering off, however, radial tires continue to be an attractive segment for manufacturers. In a bid to cater to the evolving demand from farm owners, manufacturers are focusing on increasing the tire size to support heavy weights. Farm tire manufacturers are shifting to Group 49, which are 7 ft. tall, and have a rolling circumference index of 256 inches. The report projects 20 to 45 inch rim diameter to grow at the highest CAGR, signifying a shift towards large radial tires. The report opines that size will continue to be a key focus area for manufacturers during the assessment period. Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) will lead the global demand for farm tires, with nearly 20 million tires expected to be sold in 2018. Growth will be complemented by steady demand in North America and Europe. The weakness in commodity prices will continue to offset gains made in lucrative markets. - * Email

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