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ExxonMobil to complete new Singapore halobutyl unit in 2017

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Singapore - ExxonMobil broke ground to begin building two new specialty polymers units at its Singapore Chemical Plant. The project reaffirms ExxonMobil’s commitment to supplying the chemical products that support the region's economic growth. Just 10 months after celebrating completion of the major petrochemical expansion in Singapore, ExxonMobil is now ready to construct new halobutyl rubber and hydrogenated hydrocarbon resin production facilities on the Jurong Island site. Work is expected to be completed in 2017 and will add about 140 new jobs to the existing workforce of more than 2,000 at the integrated manufacturing site. “Our expanded steam cracking capability at Singapore provides a platform for growth through a wide range of petrochemical building blocks that can be further upgraded to specialty products, such as halobutyl rubber and adhesive resins,” said Neil Chapman, senior vice president, ExxonMobil Chemical Company. At the ceremony Chapman added: “ExxonMobil’s Singapore Chemical Plant is the optimal base for serving the fast growing market in Asia with advantaged feedstock, economies of scale, and excellent logistics.” “This new plant is another example of ExxonMobil’s commitment to building on its investments in Singapore for the future growth and competitiveness of our business here,” said Mr Gan Seow Kee, chairman and managing director, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. “Our decision to expand our operations here is further proof that we recognize Singapore’s long-term importance to global trade and economic growth.” “We are proud to host yet another world scale manufacturing facility from ExxonMobil in Singapore, which will cater to growing demand for sustainable products such as halobutyl rubber. This investment is a reflection of the long term partnership between ExxonMobil and Singapore, and we will continue to deepen our collaboration to capture new growth opportunities in this region.” said Lim Kok Kiang, assistant managing director, Singapore Economic Development Board. The company is a major supplier of halobutyl rubber to the global tire industry, and this expansion project will add production capacity of 140,000 tons per year. The hydrogenated hydrocarbon resin production unit will be the world’s largest, with a capacity of 90,000 tons per year, to meet long-term demand growth for hot-melt adhesives. ExxonMobil has operated in Singapore for over 120 years and is one of the country’s largest foreign manufacturing investors. - * Email

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Thailand announces one-time cash handout to rubber farmers

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bangkok, Thailand - The Wall Street Journal reports, "Thailand’s military-appointed government approved measures to help rubber farmers who have been hit hard by sharp declines in export prices. The decision enables the National Rubber Policy Committee to dispense a one-time cash handout worth no more than 15,000 baht ($465) to each of some 850,000 rubber farmers across the country. The total is estimated at nearly 8.5 billion baht, according to Maj. Gen. Sunsern Kaewkumnerd, a government spokesman. “The rubber panel is in the process of verifying the names of eligible farmers and we are certain that the payment will be made by November,” Maj. Gen. Sunsern said. The government also approved a proposal to authorize the state-run Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives to lend nearly 1.1 billion baht to around 150,000 rubber-farming households who need to rehabilitate their farms or switch to other crops. The two measures were proposed last week by the National Rubber Policy Committee. Thai rubber export prices have fallen more than 30% this year to five-year lows; global stockpiles exceed demand. Thailand is the world’s largest producer and exporter of natural rubber, accounting for about a third of output worldwide. The latest measures follow a short-term government plan that focuses on purchasing rubber directly from farmers with the intention of selling the stocks later to boost prices. More than 20 billion baht has been made available for the purchase plan." - * Email

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Goodyear begins testing on Air Maintenance Technology for commercial vehicles

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Akron, OH - The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Air Maintenance Technology (AMT) for commercial vehicles will begin testing on U.S. trucking fleets in the next few months, as part of a research project supported by United States Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Vehicle Technology. Since 2011, Goodyear has been developing and testing its Air Maintenance Technology, which can aid in fuel savings and carbon dioxide reductions while potentially improving tire life, casing durability and safety and eliminating need for manually inflating tires. During the next phase of testing, multiple U.S. and Canada-based trucking fleets will test AMT over the next 18 months in their normal daily operations. “This is an important milestone in the development of AMT for the commercial trucking marketplace,” said Joseph Zekoski, Goodyear’s chief technical officer. “The tires equipped with AMT have performed well in testing, and we are pleased that so many of our fleet customers were eager to collaborate with us in the next phase of testing.” AMT enables tires to remain inflated at a specified cold inflation pressure without the need for any external pumps or electronics. The system utilizes peristaltic pump technology to automatically maintain tire pressure at fleets’ desired levels. All components of the AMT system, including the pump, are fully contained within the tire. Tire-related costs are the single largest maintenance item for commercial vehicle fleet operators. Only 44 percent of all truck tires are within 5 pounds per square inch (psi) of their target pressure, and 7 percent are under-inflated by 20 psi or more. Under-inflation also reduces tire life. By comparison, properly inflated tires result in lower emissions, longer tire life, enhanced safety and improved vehicle performance. The AMT system for commercial tires is being designed to perform under a variety of operating conditions and through multiple retreads. “This phase of testing will go a long way in helping us determine when we can make this technology available in the commercial tire marketplace,” said Zekoski. The DOE’s Office of Vehicle Technology has provided a $1.5 million grant to assist in the Akron-based research, development and demonstration of the AMT system for commercial vehicle tires. Representatives from the Office of Vehicle Technology met with the Goodyear AMT team in September to review the progress on the project. While still in development, AMT has been honored as an innovative technology by leading magazines: In 2011, Car & Driver selected AMT as one of its 10 “most promising future technologies” in December 2011. Popular Mechanics named AMT a 2012 Breakthrough Award winner. Time magazine recognized AMT as one of the “Best Inventions of the Year 2012.” Goodyear is dedicated to helping commercial truck drivers and trucking fleets around the world control their fuel costs. Earlier this month, the company introduced its new fuel-efficient long haul drive tire in North America – the Goodyear Fuelmax LHD G505D. This tire helps save hundreds of dollars’ worth of fuel per truck, per year. In Europe, the recently launched Fuelmax S and Fuelmax D commercial tires also achieved top ratings in tests comparing the rolling resistance of tires from leading competitors, resulting in savings of up to 1,200 Euros per vehicle per year over the next best competitor tested. - * Email

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Cooper Tire begins testing with tires made with guayule

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Findlay, OH - Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has completed tire builds using rubber derived from guayule plants and new guayule related materials. The tires are being evaluated by Cooper’s technical team using rigorous wheel, road and track tests, which are ongoing, but to date suggest tire performance that is at least equal to tires made of components derived from the Hevea rubber plant. This development was reported by Cooper to its consortium partners — PanAridus, Arizona State University, Cornell University, and the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA-ARS)—as the group met recently in Maricopa, AZ, for its third annual meeting and progress report on their $6.9 million Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) grant, “Securing the Future of Natural Rubber—An American Tire and Bioenergy Platform from Guayule.” The consortium received the BRDI grant in 2012 from the USDA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct research aimed at developing enhanced manufacturing processes for the production of solid rubber from the guayule plant as a biomaterial for tire applications, as well as evaluating the plant’s residual biomass for fuel applications. The consortium aims to harness biopolymers extracted from guayule as a replacement for synthetic rubbers and Hevea natural rubber used in the production of tires. It is also focused on genomic and agronomic development of guayule and the sustainability impact these biomaterial and bioenergy industries have on the American Southwest, where guayule is grown. The grant period ends late in the second quarter of 2017. Cooper’s progress in tire technology under the grant has been aided by PanAridus’ success in manufacturing rubber using improved strains of guayule and deploying superior rubber extraction technology. Cooper, PanAridus and USDAARS have worked closely to identify key variables impacting rubber quality and controlling these factors during the rubber manufacturing process, resulting in compounds with properties that behave more like Hevea natural rubber than guayule isolated from other processes. In addition to the advances in rubber manufacturing and tire technology, consortium members USDA-ARS and Cornell also reported significant progress in defining the guayule genome. Scientists may eventually be able to identify genes that can be tuned to improve qualities such as rubber yield, plant size, drought tolerance and other positive characteristics. Related advances have also been made in agronomics by consortium member USDA-ARS, including irrigation and direct seeding. These studies will help determine optimum conditions under which farmers can grow guayule crops to produce quantities sufficient for commercial use. ASU is evaluating the social, economic and environmental impact of the grant activities on all stakeholders with a focus on sustainable business practices. “As the lead company in the consortium, we are extremely pleased with the progress that the group has made to advance guayule technology on all fronts,” said Chuck Yurkovich, senior vice president, Global Research and Development for Cooper. “The team is making rapid progress toward a commercial source of domestic natural rubber, and ultimately, tires made with guayule rubber.” - * Email

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New market report on medical polymers for devices, equipment and packaging

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dublin, Ireland - Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Medical Polymers Market for Devices, Equipment, Packaging and Other Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 - 2020" report to its offering. “Medical Polymers Market for Devices, Equipment, Packaging and Other Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014-2020.” Industry analysis provides an insight on the drivers and restraints of the medical polymers market and their impact on the growth of the market during the forecast period. Additionally, the study includes opportunities available in the market on a regional and global level and their effect during the forecast period. The medical polymers market has been segmented based on types of products, applications and geographies. All product segments have been analyzed and forecast based on volume (kilo tons) and revenue (USD million) for the period ranging from 2014 to 2020. Application segments have been analyzed and forecast based on current trends on the global and regional level from 2014 to 2020. Geographically, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World. Analysis and forecast is based on current trends and ranges over a period from 2014 to 2020. Detailed profiles of leading companies are covered in the report along with an analysis of their market share. Leading companies in the market include BASF SE, Bayer MaterialScience AG, E. I. du Pont de Nemours Company, Eastman Chemical Company, The Dow Chemical Company, Kraton Performance Polymers Inc., Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A., SABIC Innovative Plastics and Victrex Plc. Company profiles include attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies and recent developments. - * Email

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NN Inc. to release third quarter results

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Johnson City, TN - NN, Inc. announced that it will release third quarter 2014 financial results for the period ended September 30, 2014, before the opening of the market on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Management will hold a conference call at 11 a.m. ET that day to review the company's results. The call can be accessed via the Internet live or as a replay at www.earnings.com. For those who are unavailable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call for 90 days. NN, Inc. manufacturers and supplies high precision metal bearing components, industrial plastic and rubber products and precision metal components to a variety of markets on a global basis. Headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee, NN has 25 manufacturing plants in the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, South America and China. - * Email

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Celanese acquires conductive polymer manufacturer Cool Polymers, Inc.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dallas, TX - Celanese Corporation announced the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Cool Polymers, Inc., based in North Kingstown, R.I. The acquisition will accelerate Celanese’s growth in the conductive polymers market by building on Cool Polymers’ strong product portfolio and technical capabilities. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Cool Polymers is a leading compounder of conductive polymers. The company’s technical capabilities in the LED (light-emitting diode) market will allow for immediate customer growth while continuing to advance Celanese’s engineered materials business across thermal management and electrical conductivity polymer applications. “Cool Polymers has a strong technology position, advanced polymer formulation and compounding capabilities, and a product portfolio that can meet the global demand for innovative conductive polymer materials,” said Phil McDivitt, vice president and general manager of the engineered materials business of Celanese. “We see substantial opportunity to create customer value with the acquisition of Cool Polymers.” In acquiring the Cool Polymers business, Celanese will also add to its engineered materials portfolio the products of Cool Polymers, including: CoolPoly E-Series: thermally conductive polymers that combine thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity in standard pellet form; CoolPoly D-Series: thermally conductive polymers that combine thermal conductivity and electrical isolation in standard pellet form; and CoolPoly Elastomers: thermally conductive elastomers for both electrically conductive (E-Series) and electrically insulative (D-Series) grades. “Cool Polymers brings formulation, prototyping, molding and testing capabilities that will complement Celanese’s expertise in polymer chemistry, compounding operations and part design,” concluded McDivitt. “With more than 50 years of technical and application development expertise in engineered materials, Celanese is uniquely positioned to help customers develop innovative products and solutions to meet their design and operational challenges.” “We are excited to join Celanese and to benefit from their global reach in serving current and future CoolPoly customers around the world. The combination of our thermal expertise and Celanese’s leadership in materials technology positions us to continue to bring great solutions to our customers,” said Kevin McCullough, general manager of Cool Polymers. Cool Polymers customers should continue to work directly with their current account representative for order placement, product and customer service, and ongoing account and billing needs. - * Email

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