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Nexen Tire receives ‘Winner’ prize at the 2016 Red Dot Design Awards  

Monday, July 25, 2016

Seoul, South Korea – Nexen Tire announced that its environmentally-friendly concept tire, the ‘Green Hive,’ has been awarded the ‘Winner’ prize in the category of Design Concept at the ‘2016 Red Dot Design Awards’. This is the third consecutive year that the ‘Green Hive’ has been recognized by the international design awards community. “Being the recipient of multiple world class global design awards highlights Nexen Tire’s capabilities. We will continue to innovate and grow into a world leader in the international tire market,” said Han Min-hyun, Nexen Tire vice president and research and development director. He added that, “The company will put further efforts to develop innovative and pioneering products through continuous research and development.” The ‘Red Dot Design Award’ is considered one of the world’s three biggest design awards, along with the ‘International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA)’ in the U.S., and the ‘iF Design Award’ in Germany. Evaluations are made based on innovation, aesthetic characteristics, applicability, functionality and efficiency. This year’s ‘Red Dot Design Award’ included applicants from over 60 countries and 4,698 products. The environmentally-friendly ‘Green Hive’ tire features a unique tread replenishment technology and has been praised internationally, winning awards at the ‘2014 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA),’ ‘2015 A’ Design Award and Competition,’ ‘2016 Green Good Design Awards,’ and finally, the ‘2016 Red Dot Design Award’ this year. Nexen Tire’s ‘Green Hive’ is an innovative next generation tire that allows customers to simply buy and replenish depleted treads on a continual basis. For its semi-permanent use, the ‘Green Hive’ has received high scores on innovation, eco-friendliness, and economic feasibility. It has been also applauded for presenting a new paradigm in a conventional tire market. The Red Dot Design Award ceremony will take place September 22, and winning products will be showcased in the Red Dot Design Museum located in Singapore. Earlier this year, Nexen Tire was recognized for its product design quality by receiving multiple awards from the A’Design Award and Competition in April. Prior to that, Nexen Tire was awarded the Red Dot Design Award and silver awards at the A’Design Award and Competition in 2015. The company has already completed a clean sweep of the world’s top four design awards, having picked up an International Design Excellence Award in 2014, a G-Mark award in 2013, a Red Dot Design Award in 2012 and an IF Design Award in 2011. - * Email

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Safic-Alcan extends exclusive distribution agreement with DuPont Performance Materials for Vamac throughout Europe  

Monday, July 25, 2016

Paris-La Défense, France – Effective July 1, 2016, Safic-Alcan, an international specialty chemicals distributor, announces an extended exclusive agreement with DuPont Performance Materials for Vamac distribution throughout Europe. Drawing on their successful partnership with Safic-Alcan for France, Spain, Portugal, Benelux, Italy and the Nordic countries, DuPont Performance Materials has decided to extend its existing Vamac distribution agreement all over Europe. The new territories covered by Safic-Alcan are: U.K., Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Moldavia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Greece, Turkey and South Africa. DuPont Vamac is widely used in engineered elastomer applications where superior thermal and chemical resistance are needed. Selected for broad ranges of demanding applications like automotive components, cables, jacketing or different seals and gaskets, ethylene acrylic elastomer delivers long term durability in challenging environments. Safic-Alcan teams are looking forward to further developments for Vamac grades with customers on the new territories by taking advantage of synergies with their own branded range of specialty additives dedicated to Vamac applications. Safic-Alcan is well known worldwide for its specialty curing agents among which (Vulcofac), plasticizers (Nycoflex, Alcanplast), processing aids (Ofalub), antioxidants (Alchem) as well as for continuously offering new technical solutions for Vamac formulations that responds to specific needs like high or low-temperature specifications or passing more demanding SH&E regulations. - * Email

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ARPM gains new sponsor with NaviGate Prepared  

Monday, July 25, 2016

Indianapolis, IN - The Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers (ARPM) is pleased to announce the recent commitment of NaviGate Prepared to become a sponsor of the association. NaviGate Prepared, a division of Lauren Innovations, is based in New Philadelphia, OH. The company focuses on safety and provides software as a service (SaaS) to help businesses and institutions effectively manage safety documentation, meet compliance requirements, and empower staff and first responders with real-time safety information. Lauren International, the parent company, is currently a member of the ARPM and felt a NaviGate Prepared sponsorship with ARPM is a way to network and help build the division’s brand. “We do hope to increase awareness in this market,” said Shannon Zaher, marketing director with NaviGate Prepared. “We have growing market share in the K-12 school market, but very little is known about our product in the manufacturing sector.” NaviGate Prepared hopes to make ARPM members and the rubber industry more aware of their solutions. “Safety is a critical component in manufacturing,” Zaher said. “The management of safety compliance requirements and safety documentation as well as scheduling, logging drills, and keeping everyone informed and equipped with the latest safety information is a significant undertaking. Staff are often inundated with paperwork, file updates, memos, reminders, spreadsheets, etc. Our tool can help eliminate the busy work while putting critical safety procedures in the hands of personnel and first responders.” - * Email

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DuPont Performance Materials starts operations at Shenzhen, China  

Monday, July 25, 2016

Shenzhen, China - DuPont Performance Materials (DuPont) has formally expanded its capacity by inaugurating its largest engineering plastics compounding plant located in the Guangming New District, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. The site produces a variety of DuPont products, including Zytel polyamide (PA), Crastin (PBT), Delrin acetal (POM) resins, Bynel adhesive resins, and Fusabond resins, to primarily serve automotive, industrial and consumer, and packaging markets in both China and the Asia Pacific region. The new state-of-the-art facility incorporates the latest compounding technologies and features a number of innovations to deliver consistent high quality and increased productivity. Notably, DuPont collaborated closely with the extrusion equipment builder during the research and development phase to create a production setup that allows faster transitions between different product families to provide greater asset flexibility to meet customer needs with shorter delivery cycles. “This investment reinforces our commitment to meet the growing needs of our customers and will provide increased capacity, greater asset flexibility and speed to respond to demand changes. The technology advancements enable consistent delivery of high quality product and will strengthen our position as a market leader with innovative, high-quality DuPont products produced in a timely and responsive manner,” stated Randy Stone, president, DuPont Performance Materials. Designed with future expansions in mind, this new compounding facility is the largest in DuPont’s global manufacturing network. The larger extruders installed deliver a higher volume output with increased efficiency. Furthermore, a greater level of automation from silo to extruder is beneficial for product uniformity and quality. Product packaging also is fully automated at the new facility. “This is a major investment in DuPont Performance Materials’ largest market, China, and in our fastest growing area, Asia. It complements our extended global operations network and demonstrates our commitment to growth in China and Asia Pacific. DuPont started its China growth journey from Shenzhen 27 years ago. We remain committed to participating and contributing to China’s drive for sustainable development, leveraging DuPont’s scientific innovation capabilities,” said Tony Su, president, DuPont Asia Pacific. - * Email

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Hankook Tire's concept tire DynaSync wins Red Dot Design Award  

Monday, July 25, 2016

Seoul, Korea – Hankook Tire announced that the company’s DynaSync, the futuristic concept tire for off-road, has been awarded the Red Dot Design Award 2016: Design Concept. The award proves Hankook Tire’s innovative design leadership and premium brand asset recognized by the prestigious global design awards. The award-winning DynaSync was highly evaluated for illustrating Hankook Tire’s leading design capabilities and innovative technology. In collaboration with Vibram, a premium outsole company, Hankook Tire developed the futuristic concept tire that pushed the boundaries of both performance and design. The combination of Hankook Tire’s advanced technologies and Vibram’s hyper-functional outsole designs created the innovative off-road tire. DynaSync is Hankook Tire’s next generation off-road tire which enables safe and powerful driving in diverse off-road conditions. It features Vibram’s iconic Carrarmato lugs design on its tread pattern to improve traction in mountainous terrain. The honeycomb structure grooves prevent puncture or tire chips due to gravel or stones. This improves shock absorption and provides powerful and safe handling. And the sidewall comes in a variety of color compounds, allowing car owners to match the tires to their car’s body color. Seung Hwa Suh, vice chairman and CEO of Hankook Tire, said, “It is a great honor that Hankook Tire once again has been recognized for its innovative technology by the prestigious Red Dot Design Award." He added that, “Receiving the award solidifies Hankook Tire’s commitment and determination to lead future driving through progressive innovation and creative design. Hankook Tire will continue to contribute to advancement in driving with an aspiration for innovative technology.” It is the fourth time in 2016 alone that Hankook Tire received international design awards for its innovative achievements, following the iF Design Award in February, Mercury Excellence Awards and awards in the product design category at the Red Dot Design Award in March. The continuous recognition by the world’s renowned design awards highlights Hankook Tire’s global top tier technology and design leadership. This year, a total of 4,698 entries from 60 countries participated in the Red Dot Design Award. The award ceremony will take place at the Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore on September 22, 2016. - * Email

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Milliken highlights the power of “Making Polypropylene Clearer, Better, Faster. Together” at K 2016  

Monday, July 25, 2016

Ghent, Belgium – Milliken invites polypropylene (PP) producers, compounders and converters attending K 2016 to join with it to enable future innovation across the plastics industry by “Making Polypropylene Clearer, Better, Faster. Together.” Milliken will give center stage to the advantages of using its technology leading clarifiers and nucleators to improve PP, demonstrating the range of solutions available to suit specific individual or application requirements. Milliken’s clarifiers and nucleators embrace the key sustainability and performance related challenges affecting today’s plastics processing industry. For example, the move toward lightweight applications with high-performance features, functional solutions, energy-efficiency and process optimization. At K 2016, visitors will be able to explore application examples and case studies featuring the benefits of its Millad NX 8000 and Hyperform HPN nucleators under the three core themes of Making PP Clearer; Making PP Better; Making PP Faster. Milliken will demonstrate the ability of Millad NX 8000 to make PP UltraClear allowing for material replacement in a wide range of processes, highlighting additional advantages of lower processing temperatures and therefore faster and more sustainable processing in injection molding. Milliken will also showcase examples of how to reinforce the faster, trouble-free production and improved end-product performance, which is made possible by Hyperform HPN nucleators’ excellent balance of physical properties. Both Millad NX 8000 and Hyperform HPN perform effectively in high melt flow PP grades, responding to the increasing industry demands for developing high melt flow rate (MFR) PP grades for faster production. Allen Jacoby, vice president, plastics additives, Milliken, comments: “Milliken is the technology leader in clarifiers and nucleators for polypropylene. We also offer technical support with a global footprint. This provides producers, compounders and converters with viable opportunities to make innovative, reliable PP improvements that will benefit their customers and the various market segments where PP can add real value. By working together we can support future innovation across the plastics industry.” In addition to supporting PP innovation, Milliken will also present its wide range of additives designed to advance the features and performance of materials such as PET, PE and PU. These additives seek to address some of the key challenges and trends in the plastics industry including new solutions to meet evolving electrostatic discharge standards, reactive colorants, antioxidant and antimicrobial additives, UV absorbers for PET, and nucleators to enhance the performance and processing of PE films, injection molded parts and extruded applications. For more information on Milliken’s K 2016 focus, visit the Milliken Booth in Hall 6 A27, from October 19-26, 2016, Messe Düsseldorf. Milliken’s products can also be seen in action on the K booths of several machinery manufacturers throughout the trade show. - * Email

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Bridgestone working to enhance bus rapid transit with its Tirematics fleet solution in Rio de Janeiro  

Monday, July 25, 2016

Tokyo, Japan - Bridgestone Corporation, in partnership with Bridgestone do Brasil, announced that it has commenced verification tests of a fleet solution using its proprietary IT system called Tirematics in cooperation with Rio de Janeiro's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) operators. Tirematics is an IT system that uses sensors to measure air pressure and temperature of tires for buses as well as commercial trucks. The system uses a cellular network to remotely monitor and transmit real-time information about the tires as well as vehicle location. The Tirematics fleet solution can provide added value to operators by helping to ensure efficient and on-time operations of a BRT, as well as enhance passenger safety and comfort. With Bridgestone's Tirematics fleet solution, it is possible to interpret tire information while on the road and in real-time, with a high degree of accuracy. When abnormal air pressures or temperatures are detected, the system will inform the service manager and the driver via an alert. This will make it possible to prevent unexpected operation problems or major delays caused by tire failures. By monitoring tire information remotely, it is not necessary to manually check tire pressures, which can make tire maintenance more efficient and effective. This should, in turn, allow for tires to be used for a longer time and in the best performing condition, reducing the number of tires to be replaced. In addition, the Tirematics fleet solution can contribute to the reduction of operating costs such as fuel and tire related expenses for fleet customers, and help fleet customers achieve a more efficient operation. BRT is an abbreviation for bus rapid transit and refers to buses that operate without traffic jams in exclusive lanes. As a high-capacity transport system with a high level of punctuality, BRT is expected to support reductions in the environmental footprint by making mass transportation more available. Bridgestone has focused on promoting technology and business model innovation as priorities in its 2015 Mid-Term Management Plan. Starting with these verification tests, Bridgestone is committed to continuously develop fleet solutions that will provide the customers with new value. - * Email

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