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Hiller Carbon and Quadra CASE Division announce strategic partnership

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tampa, FL - Hiller Carbon, an international leader in tailored carbon solutions, and Quadra CASE Division announced a strategic partnership agreement for the distribution of Hiller Carbon’s Crown Black products in Canada. The partnership between the two companies opens the door for Quadra to introduce and represent Hiller’s portfolio of carbon products in Canada. Hiller Carbon’s relationship with Quadra and its expansion into Canada is the result of a careful assessment of the market and the determination that the combination of Hiller and Quadra can provide long term value to Canadian customers. Quadra’s distribution expertise will give Hiller Carbon the opportunity to deliver new specialty carbon products to Canada and better meet customer needs in the region. “We’re very excited to partner with Quadra’s CASE division on our recent expansion into the Canadian market. It’s very exciting to see the Crown Black product line become more accessible and see it be introduced to Canadian customers,” said Hiller Carbon’s Business Development Manager Jordan Hiller. “With this alliance, Quadra will become the preferred channel for distribution, sales and marketing support for Hiller Carbon’s Crown Black product line in Canada. Quadra looks forward to working together with Hiller Carbon and I’m certain this partnership will be mutually beneficial. Our expertise in distribution and Hiller’s excellence in carbon processing makes for an exciting team,” said Quadra’s CASE business manager, Sam Assad. Quadra has a specialized sales and marketing team that will provide strong technical and regulatory support as well as extensive market knowledge. With strategic stocking locations across Canada, Quadra will offer Hiller Carbon coast-to-coast coverage and logistical experience. - * Email

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Evonik plans to build precipitated silica plant in Brazil

Friday, July 25, 2014

Essen, Germany - Evonik Industries plans to build a plant to produce precipitated silicas in Americana (São Paulo, Brazil). The company is investing a mid-double-digit million euro amount; the plant is scheduled to go on stream in 2016. This will be the first production plant for highly dispersible (HD) silica in South America. This high-growth silica is used mainly for high-quality low rolling resistance tires. In addition, by building this new silica production plant, Evonik is also catering for the needs of the growing regional business in attractive specialty segments in South America's food, animal feed and agricultural industries. Patrik Wohlhauser, executive board member and chief operating officer of Evonik Industries: "With this investment in Brazil, we are positioning ourselves as an innovative provider of advanced inorganic materials for resource-conserving applications in the important South American market." Dr. Johannes Ohmer, head of Evonik's Inorganic Materials Business Unit, said: "The new plant in Americana will enable us to offer our Brazilian and regional customers high-quality silicas from local production in combination with our outstanding services. This consolidates our leading global market position." The tire industry profits from the growth in the automotive industry, which has recorded considerable increases in sales in South America over the past years. The market for low rolling resistance tires and, consequently, for HD silicas, has been growing much stronger than the market for conventional tires in South America. Evonik expects additional demand because of the planned labeling of the energy efficiency of tires in Brazil. The use of silica in combination with silanes means that tires can be produced with a much lower rolling resistance, which can reduce fuel consumption by up to eight percent (compared to conventional automobile tires). Consequently, low rolling resistance tires contribute towards climate protection. Johannes Ohmer explains: "We are the only manufacturer that offers both components and are thus a competent partner for high-performance tire compounds for our customers in the tire and rubber industries." Evonik is expanding its silica capacities throughout the world: By the end of 2014 alone, they will have grown by around 30 percent compared to 2010. In Chester (USA), a plant for precipitated silica with an annual capacity of about 20,000 metric tons is scheduled to begin operations in 2014. The expansion in North and South America follows expansions that have already been completed in Europe and Asia. A production plant extension was completed in Thailand in March 2014, for example. - * Email

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Robin Roberts to christen Goodyear's newest blimp Wingfoot One

Friday, July 25, 2014

Akron, OH - Robin Roberts, the award-winning co-anchor of ABC News’ “Good Morning America,” long-time ESPN sportscaster and successful author, will christen The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s newest blimp, Wingfoot One, on Saturday, August 23, in Suffield, OH. Roberts joins a list of accomplished women who have christened previous Goodyear blimps, including astronaut Dr. Sally Ride (2000) and aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart (1929). “We are honored and delighted to have Robin continue our proud tradition of christening the Goodyear blimp,” said Richard J. Kramer, chairman and chief executive officer. “In addition to being a supremely talented broadcaster, Robin has a family legacy with Goodyear and Akron. The combination of her personal connection to our city and company, her distinguished professional achievements and charitable works makes Robin an ideal choice to christen our newest icon.” “This is incredibly meaningful to my family,” said Roberts. “My great grandfather moved his family from down south to Akron in 1918 to work for Goodyear. Never could he have imagined that one day one of his descendants would be asked to christen the blimp. I'm very honored.” In addition to her great grandfather, Roberts’ grandfather, William Tolliver, also worked at Goodyear. Her late mother, Lucimarian Roberts, was born in Akron and graduated from East High School, a few blocks from Goodyear’s headquarters. Roberts also has a family connection to aviation through her late father, Lawrence E. Roberts, who served in the United States military for more than 30 years. Col. Roberts was a pilot with the U.S. Army Air Corps’ prestigious Tuskegee Airmen during World War II and later became a flight instructor at the Tuskegee Institute. Robin Roberts began her broadcasting career in 1983 as a sports anchor and reporter in Hattiesburg, MS. She later moved to television stations in Biloxi, Mississippi; Nashville, Tennessee; and Atlanta. Roberts joined ESPN in 1990 as an anchor of the cable sports network's “SportsCenter” program. She began her work at ABC and “Good Morning America” in 1995 and was named the program's co-anchor in 2005. In 2012, she received a Peabody Award for her work with “Good Morning America” to raise awareness of the national bone marrow registry and to encourage donations. The August 23 christening ceremony will take place at the company’s Wingfoot Lake hangar, near the company’s global headquarters in Akron. Weather permitting, Roberts will be among the first passengers to fly on Wingfoot One. A limited number of free tickets to the christening event will be available for the general public. Details on ticket distribution will be available on Goodyear Blimp social media – @GoodyearBlimp on twitter and Goodyear Blimp on Facebook – in the coming weeks. After the christening, Wingfoot One will begin providing regular aerial television coverage of prominent sporting events, including the beginning of the college football season. Goodyear’s aerial coverage of marquee events in 2014 includes the NBA Finals, BCS Championship, Kentucky Derby, 2014 FIFA World Cup and Daytona 500. Wingfoot One, with its increased speed and maneuverability, will enhance Goodyear’s aerial coverage capabilities. Since 1917, Goodyear has built more than 300 lighter-than-air vehicles for public relations and defense applications, many built at the Suffield facility. - * Email

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ZF Friedrichshafen expands its headquarters for China and the Asia-Pacific region

Friday, July 25, 2014

Shanghai, China/Friedrichshafen, Germany - Over the past few years, Asia-Pacific, with China being the main market, has developed into one of the most important market regions for ZF Friedrichshafen AG. In order to further extend research and development there and to reinforce its market presence in the Far East, the technology company is considerably expanding its headquarters for China and Asia-Pacific in Shanghai: The space for offices, laboratories and test benches will almost be quadrupled from 11,000 to 54,000 square meters. From Shanghai, ZF coordinates business in China and the region of Asia-Pacific. “In the upcoming years, we want to continue the growth dynamics in the region,” says Rudi von Meister, president for the region of Asia-Pacific at ZF. “With the expansion of our headquarters in Shanghai, we are laying the foundation for that.” Currently, approximately 400 employees work at the location at China’s east coast; with the new area, ZF makes room for 900 employees. Construction work started today along with the groundbreaking. The building will be completed at the end of 2015. In the next five years, ZF will invest approximately €50 million in this project. In addition to offices for administration, the new building will primarily be home to laboratories and test benches. “Here, we will then be able to test products of car driveline and chassis technology as well as commercial vehicle or construction machinery transmissions,” says ZF’s CEO Dr. Stefan Sommer, who is also responsible for corporate research and development. “For the first time, engineers from all divisions of the Group are united under one roof.” This makes it easier for the engineers to establish networks and exchange their knowledge in order to adapt products especially to the Asian market. A test facility for the new 9-speed automatic transmission will also be installed in the new building; as of 2017, this new transmission will be produced in China as well. In 2013, ZF generated sales of €3 billion in Asia-Pacific, with 7,500 employees at 37 locations in 14 countries, an increase in sales of 15 percent compared to 2012. ZF has been active in the Chinese market since 1980 and has been producing on site since 1994. In China, as part of the market region of Asia-Pacific, ZF generated sales of €2 billion in 2013, with 5,700 employees at 23 locations. This year, ZF again expects significant growth in China and in Asia-Pacific together with a further increase in staff. The R&D Center in Shanghai established in 2005 is one of the technology company’s eight main development locations worldwide. - * Email

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Apollo Tyres appoints Dr. Seshu Bhagavathula as chief technology officer

Friday, July 25, 2014

Gurgaon, India - Dr. Seshu Bhagavathula has been appointed as the chief technology officer (CTO) at Apollo Tyres Ltd. Dr. Seshu will spearhead the global initiatives for the company on tire technology, research and new product development, for both passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle tires. He will be assisted by the research, technology and design teams across all geographies. Said Neeraj Kanwar, vice chairman and managing director, Apollo Tyres Ltd., “As we focus on the two key pillars of marketing and technology for the next phase of our growth, Dr. Seshu, with his vast experience, will bring in the much needed synergy across locations. He would also help us in providing intelligent automotive solutions to our customers. His appointment further strengthens Apollo’s Leadership Team and gives the company’s growth agenda an added impetus.” Dr. Seshu’s last assignment was with Great Wall Motor Company in China, where he served as the vice president, research and development. Prior to this, he had spent a significant part of his career with Daimler AG at multiple locations, where he was responsible for product development and integration of engineering processes. Having worked in the automotive industry, both in commercial and passenger vehicle segments, his core areas of professional expertise has been in research and development, innovation and strategic analysis. Dr. Seshu will be based out of the company’s Global R&D Center in Enschede, the Netherlands. Speaking about his appointment, Dr. Seshu Bhagavathula, chief technology officer, Apollo Tyres Ltd., said, “I am excited by this opportunity and impressed by the possibilities the future holds with Apollo Tyres. I am positive that we will be able to bring out competitive products to address the requirements of our global customers.” Apollo Tyres has also inducted Dr. Seshu in its management board. - * Email

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Thermoplastic Elastomers TopCon 2014 planned

Friday, July 25, 2014

Akron, OH - In September 2014, the Akron Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) in conjunction with the Thermoplastic Elastomer Special Interest Group (SIG) of SPE will once again be host to a showcase of companies that produce and use thermoplastic elastomers or TPEs. These are melt processable elastomers with properties similar to cured rubber but unlike cured rubber can be injection molded, extruded or blow molded and are recyclable. The 11th Topical Conference or TOPCON on Thermoplastic Elastomers has as its theme “Building New Bonds”and will be held in the Akron-Fairlawn Hilton on September 16-18, 2014. Sessions will include TPE global market trends and economic outlook, latest material and application developments, innovations in design and development and advances in processing and fabrication. The global demand for TPE materials is forecast to increase steadily at approximately 5.5 percent yearly to approximately 13 billion pounds by 2017 valued at more than $20 billion according to the Freedonia Group located in Nordonia, OH. Their recent study predicts that the Asia/Pacific region will become the largest and fastest growing market for TPEs and will account for nearly half of global demand by 2015. China has become the world’s largest consumer of TPEs and will continue to see robust growth in demand. Motor vehicles account for the largest portion of the world TPE market with 33 percent of the total demand. However, the fastest growth will be in smaller volume TPE markets such as the medical products industry and emerging applications in the packaging industry. In the U.S., automotive continues to be the largest market for TPEs. The U.S. automotive market is forecast to increase as car production increases due to replacement of older vehicles and the ongoing push to reduce weight and improve gas mileage. This growth is expected to come at the expense of natural and synthetic rubber, rigid thermoplastics and metals and from completely new TPE applications. Ohio is currently one of the nations top “polymer” states, second only to California in number of employees in the plastics industry and to Texas in plastics shipments. The main areas of growth according to Polymer Ohio are in automotive, biomedical, building and construction, but good growth will occur in utilities, consumer goods, instrument controls and electronic devices and packaging. The polymer industry will continue to be a major source of jobs and revenue for Ohio with 78 counties having at least one polymers industry establishment. In 2012, the polymer industry in Ohio was the state’s largest industry in terms of jobs and companies. With the economy gaining momentum, Ohio’s polymer industry is on track for record growth. There are a number of TPE producers in the local area: Exxon Mobil Chemical has its TPE R&D and located in Akron. Exxon Mobil produces dynamically vulcanized Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanizates or TPVs at its Pensacola and Newport, Wales manufacturing facilities. TPVs behave like cured rubbers and are used in a wide range of applications including under-the–hood automotive, soft touch grips and weatherseals for outdoor weathering exposure. A. Schulman, based in Fairlawn, OH, produces TPE products that are being used in soft touch overmolding and engineered applications. Dow Corning, formerly Multibase in Copley, OH, offers TPSiV materials which are based on crosslinked silicone rubber and nylon for high use temperature, oil and heat resistant applications. PolyOne/GLS Corporation of Avon Lake, OH, is the largest thermoplastic compounder in the U.S. They provide a full range of TPEs from lower cost styrenic types to thermoplastic urethanes (TPUs) and other high performance engineering TPEs. They promote innovation and value in polymer compounding and are a leader in developing sustainable bio-based TPE compounds with increasing emphasis on medical applications. Lubrizol produces Estane TPUs at their Brecksville facility for many applications from breathable fabric coatings to automotive side and body moldings. Their lighter weight TPU parts have excellent abrasion resistance and good bio-compatibility, fire resistance and impact resistance. The direct link to the TPE TOPCON registration and conference details is http://www.4spe.org/tpetopcon2014. - * Email

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Book of the day - Resistance and Stability of Polymers

Friday, July 25, 2014

Akron, OH - New book in the Rubber World book store - 'Resistance and Stability of Polymers'. The stability and resistance of polymeric materials determine whether they can be utilized in a given application. Authoritative and reliable material information is needed during the material selection process and this information must consider the influences of material manufacturing, compounding and stabilization, processing, part design, use and subsequent disposal/recycling. This book is based on the review of more than 1,200 literature sources and represents a comprehensive overview of the current know-how regarding the stability and resistance of thermoplastics, thermosets, elastomers as well as the most commonly used reinforcements and additives. Extensive tables document material resistance to given media, facilitating appropriate material selection or stabilization for a given application. Volume 1: Principles of Aging. Testing Methods. Stabilization. Processing. Applications. Mechanical Behavior of Fiber Reinforced Plastics. Volume 2: Plastics, Rubbers and Their Acronyms. Other Abbreviations. Tables of Chemical Resistance. Bibliography. Index. Author: Gottfried Ehrenstrein & Sonja Pongratz ISBN: 978-1-56990-456-5 2 volumes, 1436 pages ©2013, hardcover $499.95 USD + SH Visit http://www.rubberworld.com/RWbookstore.asp for more information - * Email

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