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Smither Rapra's TiO2 Summit begins next week in Montreal

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Falmouth, ME - More than 250 pigment supply chain leaders will come together next week at the Le Westin Montréal in Montréal, Canada for Smithers Rapra’s TiO2 World Summit 2014. Argex Titanium, Ford, DuPont Titanium Technologies, Iluka Resources, Tronox, General Motors, Boeing, Industrial Minerals, PPG, China Titanium Consulting and Wells Fargo Securities are just a few of the international leaders who will be providing attendees a global review of minerals and feedstocks; TiO2 supplier perspectives and major global project updates and a look at forging deeper connections between academia, R&D, performance engineering and industry. The TiO2 World Summit is co-located with Smithers Rapra’s Pigment and Color Science Forum. TiO2 conference chairman Reg Adams, managing director for Artikol noted, “As usual, the event will provide a unique opportunity for networking with high-level executives, industry analysts, scientists and engineers from a wide variety of countries and companies. The co-location with the Pigment & Color Science Forum will encourage a dynamic exchange of ideas and experiences with participants in other pigment sectors. Access to a wider range of presentations on organic and inorganic pigments will also be attractive to equipment suppliers and purchasing managers whose responsibilities are not simply confined to TiO2.” “Tronox is a fully integrated producer of TiO2; mining, upgrading and producing TiO2. We like to participate in this conference to share our view of the industry and understand others' perspectives,” added Jean-Francois Turgeon, Executive Vice President of Tronox Limited and conference advisor. “There is no better investment of your time to get a quick overview of the industry and its latest developments. You will meet old friends and hopefully make new ones. It is one stop where you could align meetings with suppliers, customers and investors.” As a new low-cost provider of high quality and high purity TiO2 pigment, Argex Titanium’s COO Enrico Di Cesare, and the company's head of sales and marketing, Philippe Guillemaille, will be keynote speakers. They will discuss the unique characteristics of Argex's titanium pigment and related production technology, which includes purity beyond 99.8 percent as well as significant cost and environmental advantages over current legacy TiO2 production methods. "The TiO2 World Summit is the ideal venue to showcase our environmentally friendly and low-cost TiO2 process, and we look forward to participating in panel discussions with our partners, PPG Industries and Helm," said Roy Bonnell, president and CEO of Argex and a member of the TiO2 Summit Advisory Board. Peter O’Sullivan, Global Sales Leader, DuPont Titanium Technologies will be providing an additional keynote presentation to the audience of business executives, R&D leaders, academics, government policy makers, stakeholders, and investors. For more information on TiO2 2014, visit www.tio2conference.com. - * Email

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Cabot to increase activated carbon production in North America

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Boston, MA - Cabot Corporation and Westmoreland Coal Company announced that they plan to increase activated carbon manufacturing capacity in North America. The joint venture partners plan to double the capacity of their Bienfait, Saskatchewan manufacturing facility to meet the future demand for mercury removal products for use in the coal-fired utility market. The jointly owned facility will produce an additional 35 million pounds of powdered activated carbon. The Bienfait plant will continue to be served from a co-located mine that is operated by Westmoreland. The additional capacity will be commissioned in 2016. The expansion will produce Cabot’s benchmark DARCO Hg family of mercury removal products. Cabot will be responsible for the marketing of these products as well as the technology package, while Westmoreland continues to be the operator of the plant. “The implementation of new mercury control technology throughout the North American coal-fired power generating fleet, driven by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS), will be a major driver of growth in the activated carbon market,” said Friedrich von Gottberg, senior vice president and president Cabot Purification Solutions. “We anticipate significant demand increases over the next three years as U.S. coal-fired utilities comply with the MATS regulation. Once commissioned, our new capacity will help us expand our market leadership and continue to be a long-term, reliable source of high quality products for our customers in North America.” “We are pleased with the expansion and deepening of our relationship with Cabot. Our activities in the activated carbon industry enable us to increase our presence in the industrial environmental market,” said Keith Alessi, Chief Executive Officer, Westmoreland. - * Email

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Trelleborg finalizes sale of rubber boot facility to Delmon

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Trelleborg, Sweden - Trelleborg has finalized the divestment of a facility that manufactures rubber boots for light vehicles. The business operation is based in Spain and is part of the Trelleborg Industrial Solutions business area. The buyer is the French Group Delmon Industrie S.A. Sales from the divested operation in 2013 amounted to approximately SEK 150 M. The transaction will only have a negligible impact on the Group’s earnings. A press release regarding the divestment was published on September 11, 2014. - * Email

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Huntsman and Rockwood complete pigment business sale

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Princeton, NJ - Rockwood Holdings, Inc. announced that it completed the previously announced sale of the Titanium Dioxide Pigments and four other non-strategic businesses to Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN), a global specialty chemical company, for an enterprise value of $1.275 billion, including the assumption of $225 million in pension obligations. The Rockwood businesses being sold include Titanium Dioxide Pigments, Color Pigments & Services, Timber Treatment Chemicals, Rubber/Thermoplastics Compounding, and Water Chemistry. Rockwood received net cash proceeds of $950 million, which is subject to certain potential post-closing adjustments. - * Email

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Smithers Rapra announces programs for the 2014 Silicone Elastomers World Summit in Vienna

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Akron, OH - Smithers Rapra, a leader in rubber, plastics, polymer and composites testing, consulting and information products and events, has announced the cutting-edge programmes for the 2014 editions of the Silicone Elastomers World Summit and Thermoplastic Elastomers World Summit, which will be hosting over 250 industry leaders from December 3-4 at the Imperial Riding School Renaissance Hotel in Vienna, Austria. For years, Smithers Rapra has been delivering conferences for the Silicone Elastomer and Thermoplastic Elastomers industry. Both leadership forums have been considered home to many innovative and forward-thinking entrepreneurs from across the two sectors, as they attend these events to hear about the most relevant, actionable and up-to-date information that enables them to stay ahead of the market and achieve their business objectives. By co-locating the two events for 2014, delegates will be able to purchase one technical pass to the conference that most appeals to their business needs, whilst enjoying unfiltered and complete access to the other event as desired. This includes the opportunity to attend any of the 48 high level presentations from across both summits and benefit from two full days of direct business development time with all of the key industry stakeholders from the silicone elastomers, TPE and global elastomers market. Each summit will maintain its tradition of laser-sharp focus on the core materials of either Silicone Elastomers or TPE. The format of the 2014 agenda for both the TPE and Silicone Elastomers World Summit will allow delegates to stay with one material technology throughout the two day event, or follow an end-use industry such as automotive, personal goods, medical, building and construction, across all materials. Advisors MESGO, University of Cincinnati, Momentive Performance Materials, ELMET Elastomere Produktions and Dow Corning have worked with Smithers Rapra to develop the 2014 agenda for the Silicone Elastomers World Summit. It will cover the use of silicone elastomers in a wide range of industries, including applications in medical, automotive and industries yet to be fully exploited, touching on the whole range of silicone elastomer materials, including high temperature vulcanised (HTV), room temperature vulcanised (RTV), high consistency silicone rubber (HCR) and liquid silicone rubber (LSR). Advisors for the 2014 edition of the Thermoplastic Elastomers World Summit include Bio Amber, Robert Eller & Associates, Smithers Rapra, Ford Motor Company, Genomatica, GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers and Teknor Apex. With representation from the major TPE material suppliers and compounders, the TPE 2014 agenda will provide attendees with a comprehensive coverage of a range of materials under the TPE umbrella including TPUs, TPVs, TPOs, EPDM and styrenic block copolymers. See more at: http://www.innovationintextiles.com/programmes-for-silicone-and-thermoplastic-elastomers-world-summits-announced/#sthash.2yRk5iua.dpuf - * Email

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Goodyear's Aiman Abdrabou selected as International Energy Manager of the Year

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Akron, OH - The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) selected Aiman Abdrabou as the 2014 International Energy Manager of the Year. Abdrabou is global manager, Energy & Greenhouse Gas (GHG) for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. The International Energy Manager of the Year Award is recognition for an individual who has excelled in promoting the practices and principles of energy engineering and management. Abdrabou will receive the award October 1, in Washington, D.C., at the AEE World Energy Engineering Congress, which will feature a keynote address by former President Bill Clinton. “I am thrilled and honored to receive this award on behalf of Goodyear and the associates all over the world who work daily to improve our energy efficiency,” said Abdrabou. “This is in recognition of the team effort it takes to improve energy efficiency on a global scale.” Abdrabou leads a team of regional energy and GHG managers who have helped the company’s efforts to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. In recent years, the team developed a new company standard for energy conservation, founded a global energy system based on the elements of continuous improvement and encouraged the continuing education of regional and plant energy leaders, with 30 associates recently becoming Certified Energy Managers. The team also led the effort to link the energy meters from each of Goodyear’s manufacturing plants around the world to one central system to allow for global monitoring. “Through Aiman’s leadership and the work of the global, regional and plant energy teams, we have been able to make solid progress in reducing Goodyear’s environmental impact,” said Don Stanley, vice president, Product Quality and Plant Technology. “By the end of 2013, we had reduced both energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions by 9 percent from the baseline established in 2010, keeping us well on track to meet our goal of reducing energy usage and emissions 15 percent by 2015.” The AEE is a nonprofit professional organization with 16,000 members in 90 countries. The mission of AEE is to promote the scientific and educational interest of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development. AEE’s World Energy Engineering Congress is the nation’s largest energy efficiency conference and exposition and addresses new advances in energy management technologies, lighting, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). - * Email

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Yokohama adds new tire to its winter line

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fullerton, CA - From slush to snow to ice, winter driving can be a challenge. That’s why Yokohama Tire Corporation has added a new member to its winter tire line, the iceGUARD iG52c. The tire, designed to handle all wintry conditions, is now available in the U.S. in 39 sizes for a wide variety of vehicles. “The iceGUARD iG52c is extremely versatile and excels during one of the most unpredictable seasons,” said Andrew Briggs, Yokohama director, marketing and product planning. “Our engineers developed a tread compound with aggressive grip and confident handling on both slick roads and dry pavement so drivers can feel assured in any winter situation.” Briggs said one of the most important features of the iceGUARD iG52c is how it improves ice grip. “The thin film of water that forms on the ice surface is the cause of traction problems, but the iceGUARD iG52c’s triple-action compound counteracts them with enhanced absorption of the water film, followed by drainage of the excess moisture resulting in a more assured grip.” Other iceGUARD iG52c highlights include: An extra-wide center rib and large control blocks maximize road contact for greater stability in wet, dry and icy conditions. Triple 3D sipes enhance block rigidity for excellent stability while creating more biting edges for traction on snowy and icy roads. - * Email

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