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Smithers Rapra expands winter test center in Brimley, MI  

Friday, August 18, 2017

Akron, OH - Smithers Rapra announced a major expansion at the Smithers Winter Test Center in Brimley, MI, to be opened mid-January 2018. The additions include a conference center, cafeteria, 130 acres with new track surfaces and two rental buildings. The 5,304 square-foot multi-purpose conference space includes a garage door for showcasing vehicles, a large open area holding up to 115 people, a divider wall that allows for multiple room configurations, a small group meeting room for 12-14 people, and a private kitchen area for food prep. Two new on-site rental buildings will feature furnished office space for clients, with a double bay garage, a kitchen area and wireless internet. “Having a space to showcase new vehicle technology and hold driving events, as well as supporting on-site staff with a cafeteria, was a critical need for our clients,” said Sean Connolly, general manager, Smithers Winter Test Center. “The expansions at our winter proving grounds will address these needs, while providing additional track space for driving and training events, along with new testing areas. The new facility will also be a great asset to the local community for events and meetings.” The 130-acre track expansion will be comprised of 38 acres for developing a large snow field, deep snow area and expanded ice area; 13 acres dedicated to demonstrations, training and exclusive use tied to the new conference building; 30 acres for an exclusive track with a testing partner on site; and 49 acres available to other testing partners to expand. “Our Winter Test Center can fulfill just about any testing for snowy or icy surfaces; the new additions of space and facilities will give our clients a winter ‘whiteboard,’ where we can recreate almost any scenario they wish,” said Jim Popio, vice president, North America, Smithers Rapra. “Automotive components need to meet the challenges of real world conditions, and winter driving can be some of the most challenging terrain for development engineers to consider in their development efforts.” The Smithers Winter Test Center currently features over 750 acres of snow, ice and bare pavement surfaces. The facility is staffed by more than 40 employees who create and maintain a variety of snow, ice and dry area surfaces. It is ideal for testing a variety of vehicle types, from small automobiles to Class 8 trucks, vehicle components, snow handling equipment, construction equipment, recreational sport vehicles and military equipment. Smithers Rapra operates laboratories in North America, Europe and China, covering a wide variety of testing and consulting services from material chemistry and product durability testing, to tire, wheel and winter testing. Smithers’ global network of ISO 17025 accredited test laboratories perform a wide variety of SAE, ASTM, ISO, UNECE and EC tests supporting raw material suppliers, tire manufacturers and automotive OEMs. - * Email

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Accella Polyurethane Systems acquires Covestro spray foam roofing assets  

Friday, August 18, 2017

St. Louis, MO - Accella Polyurethane Systems LLC renews its focus on polyurethane spray foam and roof coating systems, focusing on low slope and flat roof commercial coatings for new and restoration construction. The recent acquisition of the Covestro spray foam assets, combined with its leading BayTec silicone, BayBlock acrylic and BaySeal polyurethane spray foam technologies, positions Accella with an outstanding array of solutions. The solution options offered allow the user to maximize ROI depending on their specific needs for capital spend and roof longevity. The benefits of this system are easy application on most existing roofing surfaces with high durability, easy maintenance and cost-effective approach to extending roof life without replacement. Ridge Stockdale will assume the role of commercial director of Spray Foam Roofing and manage a nationally based dedicated team that covers both distribution and contractors. “A leader in the rapid growth of spray polyurethane wall insulation, Accella will now provide a platform for similar growth in SPF roofing, marketing their products that have a proven performance history of over 40 years.” Stockdale has 40 years in coatings experience and solution development for the roofing market segment and is considered a leader in the industry. Stockdale is based out of Houston, TX. Chris Brink, vice president of Accella Polyurethane Systems, remarked, “Spray Foam and liquid applied roof systems remain under-penetrated in the massive roofing market. Delivering these high value-added technologies to building owners, through our strong support of the best contractors in the country, is a focus area for Accella as we continue to build a strident materials business in the construction sector. We have assembled a dynamic and experienced team to aggressively build presence in this market, selling our best in class products.” Leading brands formed by the new Accella Roofing Solutions group include: RoofTek, PolySil, Premiseal, BaySeal, BayTec, BayBlock and SealTite its newest brand of advanced roofing solutions. For more information please go to Accellapolyurethanesystems.com. - * Email

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Wacker to present dispersions and silicones for easy-to-clean coatings at Abrafati 2017  

Friday, August 18, 2017

São Paulo, Brazil - At the Abrafati 2017, Wacker is displaying several novelties for dirt-repellent treatment of mineral surfaces for the first time in the region. The Primis SAF 9000 dispersion has a special composition that is both oleophobic and hydrophobic, making wallpaints resistant to many different types of stains, from coffee and red wine to colored pencils. Further, Wacker is presenting its new anti-graffiti concentrate Silres BS 710. Formulations based on this product yield a long-lasting protective silicone film, any graffiti can simply be washed off with water. Stickers, posters or signs that have been pasted onto walls can easily be removed as well. The Abrafati will be held in São Paulo, Brazil, from October 3 to 6. The new anti-graffiti coating from Wacker offers a fast, cost-effective means of removal. The new dispersion Primis SAF 9000 can ideally be used to formulate so-called “easy-to-clean” interior wall paints which are resistant to a whole host of substances, from tea and coffee to lipstick, mustard or colored pencils. Just adding 10–20 percent of the dispersion in relation to the main binder is enough to allow dirt to be simply wiped off the wall without trace just using a sponge. The dispersion also increases the blocking resistance in paint formulations so that dried surfaces do not adhere if they are pressed together. In exterior wall paints, adding Primis SAF 9000 minimizes the dirt pick-up and prevents the soluble additives like emulsifiers in the paint from leaching and creating so-called “snail trails.” Primis SAF 9000 is exempt from labeling requirements and according to the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is even suitable for contact with food and drinking water (BfR Recommendation XIV). The new dispersions are thus an environmentally compatible option for formulating easy-to-clean coatings. The new anti-graffiti concentrate Silres BS 710 is a one-part silicone rubber formulation that cures to form a silicone elastomer at room temperature and upon exposure to moisture. The difference between Silres BS 710 and traditional silicone-based anti-graffiti coating compounds is its unique formulation concept, which completely eliminates the need for tin catalysts and oxime crosslinkers. Coating materials made from Silres BS 710 can be sprayed onto surfaces or applied with a roller or brush. A single treatment is generally enough. Surfaces will be reliably protected from graffiti and posters after a curing time of one day. Furthermore, the silicone film is permeable to water vapor. Studies conducted on adhesive properties have shown that porous mineral substrates like concrete or bricks do not need to be primed prior to the application of a coating material made from Silres BS 710. The cured silicone film is strongly abhesive, which means that other substances adhere either poorly to its surface or not at all. Graffiti can be easily removed from the surface, and stickers, posters or signs either fall off on their own or can be peeled off effortlessly. Cleaning the surface with cold water using a sponge or a pressure washer is all it takes to remove graffiti. The cured film is elastic and resistant to any impact that weather or temperature could have under real circumstances. Thanks to its flexibility and good adhesion to the substrate, the film remains intact even during the processes of washing off graffiti or removing stickers. In other words, Silres BS 710 offers permanent protection, while also intensifying colors and creating a slightly glossy surface. Manufacturers of building protection agents can incorporate Silres BS 710 into ready-to-use products. As a concentrate, the product gives formulators the freedom to adjust the active content and viscosity to meet the needs of the application at hand. They can even use pigments to adjust the color. Typical applications of Silres BS 710 include anti-graffiti and poster release coatings for residential areas, schools, pedestrian underpasses, parking garages, train stations, freeway bridges and noise barriers. - * Email

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Kraton adds two to its board of directors  

Friday, August 18, 2017

Houston, TX - Kraton Corporation announced the appointment of Shelley Bausch, global vice president, Global Industrial Coatings at PPG Industries, Inc., and Mark Blinn, former chief executive officer and president of Flowserve Corporation, to the company's board of directors. The appointment is effective as of August 11, 2017. "We are delighted to welcome Shelley Bausch and Mark Blinn to the company's board of directors," said Dan F. Smith, the company's chairman of the board. "Shelley and Mark will broaden the expertise and perspectives of the company's board, ensuring well-rounded and effective oversight. These additions to our board are reflective of our focus on strategically refreshing our board talent and on increasing our board's diversity." Kevin M. Fogarty, the company's president and chief executive officer, added, "In these two excellent candidates, we have expanded the financial expertise and industry experience of our board. I am proud that our company has continued to move forward with a commitment to identifying board candidates who bring a diverse range of perspectives, skills and experience to our board." Bausch is the global vice president, Global Industrial Coatings, at PPG Industries, Inc., where she has held the role since 2014. Bausch began her career at Dow Corning Corporation in 1988, and most recently served at Dow Corning Corporation's business vice president, Finished Products, from 2011 to 2014. Bausch earned a B.S. degree in business administration from Alma College and an MBA from the University of Michigan-Flint. Blinn served in various positions at Flowserve Corp., including, most recently as the chief executive officer and president from October 2009 until March 2017, and chief financial officer from October 2004 to October 2009. Prior to Flowserve, Blinn held senior finance, treasury and planning positions at FedEx Kinko's Office and Print Services, Inc., Centex Corp., FirstPlus Financial Inc., Electronic Data Systems Corp. and Commercial Capital Funding Inc. Blinn also was formerly an attorney with Smith, Barshop, Stoffer and Millsap, where he represented large financial institutions, foreign corporations and insurance companies in complex litigation issues. Blinn currently serves on the board of directors of Texas Instruments, Inc. Blinn earned a B.S. degree in engineering, an MBA and a J.D. degree from the Southern Methodist University. - * Email

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Book of the day - Fatigue, Stress and Strain of Rubber Components, by Judson Bauman  

Friday, August 18, 2017

Akron, OH - This book covers the fatigue testing of specimens, curve fitting of equations to the test data, and the use of such equations in life prediction. Topics include the nature of rubber, history of its usage, types of rubber in brief, manufacturing methods, and stress-strain testing and behavior. Also, the text covers the application of finite element analysis to components to determine high stress points that are vulnerable to fatigue failure. By Judson T. Bauman, hardcover, 214 pages, 140 figures, $130.00 plus shipping and handling. Click here to order. - * Email

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