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Wacker expands technical center in Moscow  

Friday, May 22, 2015

Munich, Germany – Munich-based chemicals group Wacker has expanded its technical center in Moscow, Russia. Auguste Willems of Wacker’s executive board and Dr. Christian Hartel, head of Wacker Silicones, dedicated the new service lab in the presence of several customers. The facility will serve as a test lab for silicone elastomers and ready-to-use silicone compounds and will cater to the energy, electrical and automotive industries. This investment aims at further enhancing services to key customers in Russia and Eastern Europe and spurring Wacker’s silicone business in the region. The lab is located south of downtown Moscow, right next to the technical center, which has supported customers of polymeric binders for construction and dry-mortar applications since 2003. The new lab, which opened today, is entirely geared to silicones customers. It will formulate and test high- and room-temperature-curing silicone rubber and ready-to-use silicone compounds. "The silicones lab makes it possible for us to adapt our products to customer needs and local industry requirements" said Dr. Christian Hartel during the official opening ceremony. "Providing quicker and more flexible support to key industries such as the cable, energy, and automotive industries will strengthen our position as one of the leading silicones manufacturers in the region and provide a basis for future growth." Silicones are extremely versatile and are used in numerous Russian industries. Mid-term, Wacker anticipates rising silicones demand in the transmission and distribution industry, for example. Currently, Russia is making great efforts to modernize the country’s transmission and distribution systems. "In the course of time, ceramic and glass insulators get polluted and don’t insulate properly when wet. If that happens, flashovers and power outages are quite common," explained Wacker executive board member Auguste Willems. Insulators with silicone rubber coatings could solve the problem. “Silicone is not only a good insulator. It also has water repellent properties. Even in rain, silicone coatings insulate reliably," Willems continued. "Wacker’s Powersil products can make a substantial contribution to minimizing power losses and improving the availability of the power grid.” Wacker also expects mid- and long-term business growth from the Russian automotive industry. Silicone rubber is increasingly used in cars because of its unique set of properties and because it meets the industry’s ever more complex requirements better than other plastics. "We are confident that we will be able to grow our business in Russia significantly over the next few years," Willems stated. The Moscow silicones lab will play an important role here. "Our lab expansion for silicone rubber is an integral building block in our strategy. Now, we can provide first-class service to our Russian customers. That is a unique selling point for us." - * Email

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Continental Tire sponsors Big-Rig Truck Racing series  

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fort Mill, SC - Continental Tire the Americas, LLC’s Commercial Vehicle Tire group, is now the named tire sponsor of the ChampTruck series, North America’s competitive big-rig truck racing. Big-rig truck racing can be found in Europe, Australia, India and South America, and has become one of the largest segments of professional motorsports. Now gaining momentum in the U.S., and often referred to as the next great American motorsport series, ChampTruck delivers an exciting competition featuring world-class drivers on world-class tracks. Continental Tire, as tire sponsor, will equip every truck in the series with its tires. “We are very excited to be part of the ChampTruck series and part of this growing segment in racing,” said Alex Chmiel, director of marketing for Continental truck tires, the Americas. “Our research and development engineers spent a lot of time with ChampTruck drivers and testing tires at races to determine the best tire for truck racing series.” All trucks in the 2015 ChampTruck series will run the Continental HSR2 tread pattern. “ChampTruck is all about Real Racing, Real Tracks and Really Big Trucks, with speeds reaching 100 miles per hour,” said John Condren, executive director and founder of ChampTruck. “It’s crucial our drivers have reliable and durable tires, which is why ChampTruck specifically chose Continental Tire as our Official Tire for the Meritor ChampTruck World Series. I am confident Continental Tire’s products will provide the quality needed for top-level competition.” ChampTruck races provide an exciting, family-friendly event that includes a series of 30-minute-long sprint races throughout race day. The inaugural 2015 season includes 10 events across the U.S. The next race will be held this weekend, May 22-24, at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, CA. - * Email

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National Tire Safety Week is May 24-30  

Friday, May 22, 2015

Washington, D.C. - More than 33 million Americans will hit the road this Memorial Day weekend to kick-off the summer driving season; but many will be wasting gas and putting themselves at risk with poorly maintained, under inflated tires. “No road trip should start without first checking tire pressure and inspecting tires for damage and insufficient tread depth,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “Vehicles with under-inflated tires burn more gas and have a greater risk of tire damage that may lead to failure. Consumers who are tire smart and maintain tires will help keep their families safe, keep more money in their wallet and help the environment.” A 2015 RMA survey found that more than 30 percent of U.S. drivers are less concerned about gas mileage performance since gas prices have dropped over the past year. A whopping 50 percent of drivers aged 18-29 say they are unconcerned with gas mileage performance. “Tire care shouldn’t take a back seat because of lower gas prices,” Zielinski said. “National Tire Safety Week is May 24-30 and is a good time to start a habit of regular, monthly tire maintenance to help promote safety, save money at the gas pump and help tires last.” Only 17 percent of drivers are “tire smart” or know how to properly check tire pressure. One out of three drivers don’t know that tires should be checked “cold,” before driving. Thirty-five percent of drivers do not know how to tell if their tires are bald. Nearly six out of ten drivers do not check the tire pressure in their spare tire. Four in ten drivers believe they can tell if a tire is under-inflated just by looking at it. Half of all drivers don’t know where to find the correct inflation pressure for their vehicle. (Label on a vehicle’s driver side door or owner’s manual; not tire sidewall.) National Tire Safety Week is an RMA initiative designed to educate motorists about proper tire maintenance. The effort is part of RMA’s Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART national consumer education program. PART is an acronym representing "Pressure, Alignment, Rotation and Tread," the four key elements of tire care. - * Email

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New market report on adhesives and seleants  

Friday, May 22, 2015

Dallas, TX - Marketsandmarkets.com report "Adhesives and Sealants Market by Technology (Water, Solvent, Hot-Melt, Reactive and Others), by Chemistry (PAE, PVA, VAE, EVA, SBS, Synthetic Rubber, Polyamide, Polyurethane, Epoxy, Cyanoacrylate and Others), and by Application - Global Forecast to 2020," report analyzes the global adhesives and sealants value was estimated to be about $45.36 billion in 2014 and is projected to reach $59.75 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 4.72 percent between 2015 and 2020. Browse 162 market data tables and 61 figures spread through 175 pages and in-depth TOC on "Adhesives & Sealants Market." Driven by the requirement of superior performance characteristics, the adhesives market is slowly shifting from the traditional solvent based adhesives towards the use of high-performance products such as reactive hot melts and pressure sensitive hot melt adhesives. This slow but certain shift in portfolio is fuelling the overall growth of hot melt adhesives. The adhesives and sealants market demand, in terms of value and volume, depicts the current and future projections according to the parallel economic and industrial outlook. This analysis covers important developments, investments and expansions, partnerships and agreements, and mergers and acquisitions of the leading global companies. The global market value of the adhesives and sealants was estimated to be about $45.36 billion in 2014, and is projected to reach $59.75 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 4.72 percent between 2015 and 2020. Technological advancements are fueling demand for sealants in the mature North American and European markets. Less cure time, increased performance benefits such as high-performing seals, better adhesion to a variety of substrates, resistance to chemicals and gas, coupled with a host of other innovations are reviving the market. There has also been significant consolidation via merger and acquisition of participants at all levels of the value chain. With millions of surgical procedures taking place annually, the market for wound closure products and techniques is expected to grow significantly. It is driven by an increase in the aging world population, which creates increased demand for all types of surgical intervention, particularly cardiovascular, orthopedic, urological and dermatological procedures. The emerging generation of wound closure products and technologies consists of green as well as synthetic sealants; energy-based wound closure methods are well-positioned to capitalize on this growth, owing to their ability to seal wounds quickly with little or no clinical follow-up. - * Email

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New report on the U.S. carbon black market  

Friday, May 22, 2015

New York, NY - Reportlinker.com has released a new report on carbon black, a pure elemental form of carbon manufactured through incomplete combustion of heavy hydrocarbons. Tire manufacturing facilities constitute the largest end user industry for carbon black, which is used in tire production as a reinforcing filler and pigment. Carbon black is also used to provide strength and rigidity to industrial rubber and in manufacturing belts, hoses, cables and automotive parts. Carbon black powder is further processed to produce carbon black pellets, which find application in specialty products including plastics, paints and coatings, and printing inks. Ongoing revival in the US economy is resulting in higher demand for carbon black from various manufacturing industries. According to "United States Carbon Black Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2020," the market for carbon black in the U.S. is projected to register a CAGR of 4.5 percent through 2020. Expansion of manufacturing facilities in the U.S. is a key factor propelling growth in the U.S. carbon black market. In addition to strong demand from downstream sector, recovery of automobile industry coupled with growing application of carbon black in specialized products is expected to drive carbon black demand in the US over the next five years. Rising investments in tire manufacturing to address the growing demand from automobile sector in North America is expected to further boost the US carbon black market in the coming years. The domestic market is highly competitive and is dominated by Cabot Corporation, Sid Richardson Carbon and Energy Co., Birla Carbon, Orion Engineered Carbons and Continental Carbon Company. - * Email

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Book of the day - Resistance and Stability of Polymers  

Friday, May 22, 2015

Akron, OH - A new book is offered in the Rubber World book store - 'Resistance and Stability of Polymers.' The stability and resistance of polymeric materials determine whether they can be utilized in a given application. Authoritative and reliable material information is needed during the material selection process, and this information must consider the influences of material manufacturing, compounding and stabilization, processing, part design, use and subsequent disposal/recycling. This book is based on a review of more than 1,200 literature sources and represents a comprehensive overview of the current know-how regarding the stability and resistance of thermoplastics, thermosets and elastomers, as well as the most commonly used reinforcements and additives. Extensive tables document material resistance to given media, facilitating appropriate material selection or stabilization for a given application. Volume 1 covers principles of aging, testing methods, stabilization, processing, applications, mechanical behavior of fiber reinforced plastics. Volume 2 covers plastics, rubbers and their acronyms. Other abbreviations, tables of chemical resistance, a bibliography and an index are included. Author: Gottfried Ehrenstrein & Sonja Pongratz ISBN: 978-1-56990-456-5 2 volumes, 1,436 pages ©2013, hardcover $499.95 USD + SH Visit http://www.rubberworld.com/RWbookstore.asp for more information - * Email

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