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R.D. Abbott expands distribution of Lanxess tire and specialty rubber products  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cerritos, CA Ė R.D. Abbott Company, Inc. (RDA), has signed a new distribution agreement with the Tire and Specialty Rubber (TSR) business unit of Lanxess Corporation to expand its distribution of Lanxess TSR products to the continental United States. Prior to this revised agreement, RDA represented Lanxess TSR product lines in the western U.S. This new distribution agreement expands their working relationship to the rest of the United States. Specifically, this agreement will be in effect July 1, 2015, and includes the following trade names: X_Butyl (including regular butyl, chlorobutyl, bromobutyl, and ionomer) and BUNA (including CoBR, NdBR, LiBR, ESBR, SSBR). On the same date, Lanxess affiliate Rhein Chemie Additives will cease distribution of these product lines. - * Email

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BASF sells stake in SolVin to Solvay  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ludwigshafen, Germany - BASF sold its 25 percent share in the joint venture SolVin to Solvay. The transaction took place on July 1, 2015. Financial details were not disclosed. In addition, BASF has reached agreements with Solvay and Inovyn to continue to supply BASFís site in Antwerp with basic chemicals. SolVin was established in 1999 as a 75-25 joint venture between Solvay and BASF in the area of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). - * Email

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Arkema announces a global price increase for its Clearstrength MBS (MMA-butadiene-styrene) impact modifiers.  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Colombes, France - On July 1, 2015 or as soon as contracts allow, Arkema will increase the prices of its Clearstrength MBS impact modifiers. Increases will range from 6 percent to 10 percent, depending on grades and current prices, and are dictated by recent increases of main raw materials. Clearstrength MBS impact modifiers are designed to deliver optimum cost and performance in several thermoplastic matrixes, including PVC and PC. Arkema manufactures Clearstrength MBS impact modifiers for the world in its plant of Vlissingen, The Netherlands. - * Email

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Low latex prices boost Vietnam's rubber exports  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hanoi, Vietnam - By the end of May 2015, the average selling price of rubber in Vietnam was $1,442 per ton, down from over $2,000 per ton in early 2014. Prices have been averaging under $1,500 per ton since October 2014. Compared to exports in April 2015, exports in May rose 53.3 percent in volume and 57.2 percent in value. In May, low prices spurred Vietnam on to export 80,485 tons of natural latex, reaching a total of 330,059 for the first five months of 2015. In May, synthetic rubber exports reached 38,145 tons. In 2015, much of Vietnamís rubber exports have gone to neighboring China and Malaysia, which had imported 160,430 and 54,244 tons of Vietnamese rubber respectively in the first five months of the year. According to Vietnamís Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), in 2014, Vietnamís two biggest latex importers, including China and Malaysia, imported 43.5 percent and 19.4 percent of Vietnamís total export, respectively, minor drops of 3.4 percent and 8.5 percent, respectively, from 2013 levels. Vietnamís latex exports to other core markets, such as India, German and Korea, also dropped over the course of the year. In contrast, exports to Sri Lanka, Turkey and the U.S. quadrupled in 2014. In response to the falling latex price, the Vietnam Rubber Association (VRA) had advised its members not to supply latex at any price lower than $1,500 per ton, with an aim to stop the plunge. In the recent notice sent to International Rubber Consortium (IRCo), VRA has mentioned its members and Vietnamese farmers struggling with the low prices. In response to this, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, the top three nations exporting 70 percent of the worldís rubber, intend to restrict supply in order to to help raise the price of the substance. Vietnamís Agriculture Minister Cao Duc Phat met recently with his Thai counterpart Petipong Pungbun na Ayudhya to discuss how to improve the rubber prices in the near future and how to work together with the International Tripartite Rubber Council (ITRC) and International Rubber Consortium (IRCo) to stabilize the rubberís price. Vietnamís Ministry of Finance brought in tax incentives in 2014 granting some rubber products zero export tax, a decrease from the previous one percent tax. These products include balata, natural rubber and synthetic rubber. - * Email

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Rubber Division, ACS announces $100 discount for its September course  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Akron, OH - The Rubber Division, ACS is offering a $100 discount for its September course, Design of Experiments, to be held September 22-23, 2015, in Atlanta, GA. Offer valid through August 14. This two-day course is perfect for compounders, chemists and process engineers, factory troubleshooters, manufacturing supervisors, research managers and technical managers. The book Understanding Design of Experiments is included in course fee. Focuses of this course will include: short review of basic statistics; what designed experiments are; how designed experiments function to yield maximum information from minimal work; examples of designs in rubber technology, types of designs; how to prepare and implement basic designs; discussion of advanced designs; and full scale exercise in designing and implementing the method. Instructed by RJ DelVecchio, consultant. Cost: $925 member/$975 non-member/$250 student member. Offer code 100-ATL when registering at www.rubber.org. Additionally, the Rubber Divsion is offering $50 off their online courses through August 14. Enter promo code 50-Course upon check-out when registering. Online courses include: Basic Rubber Technology; Intermediate Rubber Technology; and Advanced Rubber Technology. - * Email

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ARPM holds plant tour event at Trostel in Whitewater, WI  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Indianapolis, IN - Save the date, August 13, for the next ARPM Plant Tour event at Trostel in Whitewater, WI. Topics of focus include: Trostel, Ltd. has been a leader in the rubber industry since 1858. From engineering to design, they specialize in rubber compounding and molded rubber products. Manufacturing customers from a range of markets count on Trostel for high precision and repeatability in a vast array of rubber manufacturing capabilities, enabled by some of the industryís most advanced design, manufacturing, testing equipment and expertise. The company has built success by creating products that seamlessly integrate into their customerís applications. Trostel works closely with customers through the entire process, beginning with a collaborative effort between the client and the proactive engineering team. This partnership helps determine the suitable mix of technical expertise and capabilities to develop the appropriate polymer formulation, the right design and the right manufacturing job all in a timely manner. This responsiveness and customer focus have positioned Trostel at the top of their niche market. Trostel uses innovative ways to ensure every recipe meets their customerís expectations and has perfected the art of managing changes in their customersí demands. Benefits of attending include: As most manufacturers continually search for ways to separate themselves from the pack, tour attendees will observe how developing superior knowledge bases and being identified as lead authorities in the market segments, can lead to enriched growth and new business opportunities. During this plant tour event, ARPM members will witness what it takes to accomplish this quality, speed and excellent internal communication amongst the Trostel team. Attendees will also learn about successful internal communication tools and understand the importance of a customer-focused business. Attendees will engage with employees of the Whitewater Facility while walking the production floor and business office operations, examining project management, design and engineering, manufacturing, special services and quality assurance. The tour will include lunch and cross-talk on Thursday, August 13. Visit www.arpminc.com for more information. - * Email

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