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Bridgestone announces expansion of its Dueler tire line to include heavy duty truck tires  

Monday, April 24, 2017

Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Americas, Inc. announced the company is expanding its Dueler tire line to include an all new, heavy duty offering for pickup trucks. Specially engineered for towing and hauling heavy loads, the Bridgestone Dueler H/T 685 tire delivers long-lasting, premium performance across every season. “The Bridgestone Dueler H/T 685 tire is a great addition to our best-in-class Dueler tire line,” said Erik Seidel, president, consumer replacement tire sales, U.S. and Canada. “This new tire will combine several original equipment fitments into one go-to tire, allowing our dealers to capture more first and second replacement tire sales in the heavy duty pickup truck segment.” Built with heavy duty steel belts and a two-ply polyester construction, the Bridgestone Dueler H/T 685 is a tough tire that will give drivers complete confidence in a number of heavy duty applications ranging from towing a boat to moving loads on busy weekends, according to the company. The tire is said to feature an innovative, new tread-to-road contact footprint that allows it to adapt to the load and promotes even tread wear. Made to last season after season and year after year, the Dueler H/T 685 tire from Bridgestone is optimized to retain traction in snow, according to Bridgestone. The tire’s tread pattern also features wide grooves to channel water away from the tire and help resist hydroplaning in wet conditions. Backed by a 50,000 mile limited tread wear warranty, the Bridgestone Dueler H/T 685 tire is now available in 17 sizes and fits 96 percent of the pickup trucks on the road today. - * Email

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Vystar receives 3 international patent notices of allowance for Vytex latex deproteinization  

Monday, April 24, 2017

Atlanta, GA - Vystar Corp. has received notice of allowance for three international patents regarding "Natural Rubber Latex Having Reduced Allergenicity and Method of Making Same" from: Malaysia - (2010003317); Guatemala (2010-000208) and India -(2487/KOLNP/2010). The addition of these three international patents brings the total to 14 global patents, with 10 being international and four domestic. This further expands Vystar's patent portfolio related to its latex deproteinization process used in Vytex® natural rubber latex (NRL) which removes virtually all allergy-causing proteins from NRL, thus reducing risk of developing or experiencing allergic reactions from direct contact with latex. "These international notices of allowance provide intellectual property (IP) protection in two of the top six latex-producing countries in the world -- primary locations where we do business and are actively seeking additional manufacturing and/or processing partners for our ultra low protein Vytex raw material," stated William Doyle, CEO of Vystar. "The claims the international patent offices are allowing will serve to further strengthen our IP around Vystar's breakthrough deproteinization process and protect our shareholders' investments. Also, of the top eight consumers of latex globally, Vystar now has patents in six of those countries/unions, plus applications pending in several more." Vystar has multiple layers of IP protection for Vytex® ultra low protein latex that extend beyond patents. Vystar controls the manufacture of the proprietary deproteinization kit that is sold to licensed Vytex producers. Producers add the kit to field latex and use standard latex manufacturing equipment with slight modifications. Vystar tests every batch of Vytex to certify that it meets the high standards of Vytex brand latex. Removing the proteins and other non-rubbers results in the purest, cleanest, and odor-free latex that is more resilient and stronger than competitors' lattices, offers greater tactile sensitivity and puncture/tear resistance, creates a brighter, whiter foam and offers improved clarity and color for colored latex products such as balloons. Competitively priced against traditional latex, Vytex is a superior material for more than 40,000 applications that typically use latex or petrochemical based materials. Vytex can be used in medical gloves, catheters and devices; condoms; mattresses, toppers and pillows; cushions; balloons; adhesives; sports equipment, footwear; padding, apparel and threads. - * Email

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Engel Group appoints new chief financial officer  

Monday, April 24, 2017

Schwertberg, Austria - The Engel Group, headquartered in Schwertberg, Austria, has appointed Markus Richter as chief financial officer with effect from May 1, 2017. He succeeds Klaus Siegmund, who left Engel in March. Markus Richter has more than 25 years of experience in commercial management roles in globally successful companies in the industrial, energy, transportation and personnel services sectors. As chief financial officer (CFO) at Engel, Markus Richter, who holds a masters degree in commerce, will be responsible for the fields of finance, human resources and IT, and will head the operational business of the group together with Dr. Stefan Engleder (CEO), Dr. Christoph Steger (CSO) and Joachim Metzmacher (CPO). “We are pleased to have found in Mr. Richter an acknowledged expert in international finance who also has experience in human resources and global IT projects,” said Dr. Birgitte Engleder, chairwoman of the supervisory board of the Engel Group. The previous CFO, Klaus Siegmund, left the company in March in agreement with the supervisory board of the Engel Group. He was a member of the board of directors for two years, during which extensive investments were made in the expansion of sites and the workforce increased considerably worldwide. “Mr. Siegmund helped drive the expansion in our business with great dedication. We would like to thank him warmly for this,” said Dr. Engleder. “We wish Mr. Siegmund all the best for his professional and personal future.” - * Email

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Global emulsion polymers market forecast to reach $43 billion by 2020  

Monday, April 24, 2017

Deerfield Beach, FL - According to the report from Zion Market Research, the global demand for emulsion polymers market was valued at $31.5 billion in 2014, and is expected to generate revenue of $43.0 billion by the end of 2020, growing at a CAGR of around 6.0 percent between 2015 and 2020. In terms of volume, the global emulsion polymers stood at approximately 12.0 million tons in 2014. Emulsion polymerization is used to manufacture several commercially important polymers. Many of these polymers are used as solid materials and must be isolated from the aqueous dispersion after polymerization. Emulsion polymerization is a type of radical polymerization that usually starts with an emulsion incorporating water, monomer and surfactant. Emulsion polymers (EP) include different types of waterborne polymers such as acrylic emulsion, vinyl emulsion, SB latex and others. Better thermal stability, elasticity and improved adhesion are the important characteristics of emulsion polymers. Monomers (styrene, butyl acrylate, etc.), surfactants, stabilizers (acrylic acid) and initiators are the key raw materials used in the manufacturing of emulsion polymers. One of the key driving factors for emulsion polymers is increasing awareness regarding volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Due to stringent environmental regulations, applications are more inclined toward using low VOC products. Emulsion polymers contain high volume of water and they are low VOC polymers. Another major driving factor for the global emulsion polymers market is rapidly growing in building and construction and the automotive industry. Revival of the global economy with a rise in residential and commercial construction activity and strong demand for the automotive industry are in turn driving demand for paints and coating, adhesives, etc. Paints and coatings and adhesives are key application markets for emulsion polymers. Especially, building & construction, electronics and automotive industry is expected to witness robust growth in emerging economies such as China, India, Brazil, etc. This in turn is expected to fuel growth of the emulsion polymers market. However, fluctuations in raw material prices and supply are expected to remain a major concern for the manufacturers. Acrylics were the leading product segment for emulsion polymers, which accounted for over 35 percent share of the entire market in 2104. Acrylics are the most widely used emulsion polymers in the processing of acrylic emulsion paints and coatings, adhesives, and paper and paperboard. Vinyl acetate emulsion is also expected to witness strong demand from vinyl acetate-ethylene (VAE) copolymers for adhesives and coatings applications. Moreover, in terms of volume, this is one of the fastest growing product segments. Styrene-butadiene latex is another growing segment, and held the second largest share in the global emulsion polymers market owing to its increasing usage in adhesives, textiles and non-wovens, and the paper and paperboard coatings industry. On the basis of application, the emulsion polymers market has been classified into paints and coatings, paper and paperboard, adhesives, textiles and non-wovens, and others (leather, etc.). Paints and coatings were the largest application market for emulsion polymers in 2014. Paints and coatings were followed by adhesives and paper and paperboard coatings. Adhesives are the second-largest application of emulsion polymers and are expected to boost the demand for emulsion polymers during the forecast period. Paperboard coatings also accounted for a significant share of the global emulsion polymers market in 2014. Other applications (such as the leather industry) are also expected to witness fast growth during the forecast period. Asia Pacific dominated the emulsion polymer market and accounted for the largest share of the global market in 2014. Asia Pacific is followed by Europe and North America. The Asia Pacific region will continue to see above average growth in demand throughout the forecast period driven by strong growth in China and India. In terms of volume, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific are expected to witness robust growth during the forecast period. Availability of cheap labor, favorable weather conditions and governmental support are some of the factors driving the emulsion polymers market in these regions. The Latin America Europe and North America regions are also expected to experience significant growth of the emulsion polymers market in the years to come. - * Email

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