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The world's largest tire recycling plant opens in Houston, TX

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Houston, TX - The official Grand Opening of Genan’s 100,000 ton tire recycling facility will take place this May. The factory is the largest of its kind in the world, boasting a capacity equivalent to almost 2.5 times the total amount of tires annually scrapped in Denmark, where the first Genan factory was built. The Houston plant represents an investment of more than USD 140 million, has been operational since the middle of 2013 and employs approx. 60 full-time staff members. The Houston factory is the first step in Genan’s US strategy, and as in Europe, Genan is aiming for a market share of approximately 10 percent of the American market for end-of-life tires. As early as 2009, Genan set up a U.S. sales organization in order to build up a network of customers – and to foster growing knowledge of Genan’s top quality products within recycled rubber powder and granulate. Although a blank sheet in the U.S. market prior to this launch, the high quality of Genan products has already secured an impressive market share within selected segments. The facility in Houston, Texas, is the Genan U.S. head office and the first cornerstone of a strategic network of 4-5 plants to be optimally placed in respect of tire supply as well as customer base. The decision to place the factory in Houston was primarily made on the grounds of the positive business climate in Texas, access to the second busiest port in the US as well as the low energy costs, corresponding to only 39 percent of energy costs in Denmark. The Genan tire recycling technology, processing end-of-life tires to new raw material in the form of rubber and steel for the substitution of virgin rubber and steel, is the most climate friendly and environmentally safe method of disposal for scrap tires. For each tonne recycled in a Genan factory, a minimum of 1.1 metric tons of CO2 is saved in comparison with e.g. co-incineration of tires in cement kilns. - * Email

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India's natural rubber prices have plunged to five-year low

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Kochi, India - The Economic Times reports that, "Natural rubber prices have plunged to a five-year low at Rs. 138 per kg on concerns of muted demand, oversupply in the global market and plummeting international prices. Industry analysts have predicted a bearish outlook in the coming weeks and say that a change in the situation can happen only with the fresh policies of the new government at the center. The much-trumpeted procurement program of the Kerala government to lift the prices has petered out after the initial promise due to lack of funds. No rubber procurement has taken place in the state after April 10, the Lok Sabha election day. "We had to stop it on instructions from the election commission. The state government has taken up the matter and we hope the funds will be released in the coming days," said S. Ratnakumaran, managing director of The Kerala State Co-operative Rubber Marketing Federation (Rubbermark) the main procurement agency. The rubber prices were around Rs. 148 per kg when the procurement began in early March and it has now fallen by another Rs. 10. So far Rubbermark has procured around 110 metric tons. The industry doubts, whether the program aimed at buying rubber at Rs. 2 more than the market rates until the prices touch Rs. 171, will remain as unfulfilled election promise. The international prices of RSS-3 variety have dropped 12 percent to Rs. 123.51 per kg since April 1. The block prices have fallen by Rs. 13 to Rs. 102 per kg, which is less than $2 and have triggered more imports. "The demand from China (the largest consumer ) has been weak as the country has sufficient stock and there is an oversupply in the global market. This demand supply mismatch is pulling down the prices and it is reflected on the Indian prices as well," said C.P. Krishnan, wholetime director of Geojit Comtrade. According to him, unless the threat of El Nino affecting production cause supply concerns and raise the prices, the downward trend is likely to continue in the international market in the short term. In the present situation, the growers have stopped tapping despite showers in April bringing relief from the hot weather. "The tappers are asking for Rs. 3 to tap a tree. A person can tap around 300 trees a day which means Rs. 900 wages per day. With the prices at such levels, it would result in loss for the grower," said Biju John, a rubber dealer. The tire manufacturers are waiting for the new government to take charge at the center and formulate fresh policies on infrastructure and mining to rejuvenate the sector. Meanwhile, good performance in the replacement tire segment and low international prices have prompted more imports. The year 2013-14 saw record imports of 3,24,467 metric tons. - * Email

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TechnoBiz USA organizes a Custom Rubber Mixing Forum in Cincinnati this June.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

TechnoBiz USA Inc. is organizing first edition of “Custom Rubber Mixing Forum 2014” during 23-25 June 2014 at Millennium Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio. This forum is aimed to be an important meeting point for custom rubber mixers to update themselves with latest technological developments and to exchange ideas and information on technical challenges. The highlights of forum 2014 include • 2-day Technical Conference • Two Educational Seminars (Post-Conference Event) • Table-top Exhibition This event is useful for engineers, managers and R& D people from Custom Rubber Mixing Plants as well as raw materials and machinery suppliers. For more information visit www.technobiz-usa.com - * Email

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Vertellus launches new website, reveals new tag line

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Indianapolis, IN - Vertellus has launched a new website that reflects the company's continued growth in North America, Europe and Asia. The website is part of an enhanced brand identity that builds upon the company's reputation as a global leader in the specialty chemical industry and is complemented with the tagline, "Smart Chemistry. Our Specialty.™" Beyond design and aesthetic enhancements, the newly launched website delivers improved user functionality and easier site navigation across a spectrum of platforms. Located at www.vertellus.com, the website provides online visitors with an introductory overview of the company's leadership in specialty chemicals serving several attractive market areas including agriculture, C.A.S.E. (coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers), industrial specialties, nutrition, personal and consumer care, pharmaceuticals, and plastics and polymers. Site visitors can quickly "drill down" to very specialized product and application information by using a convenient browsing tool on the product page. The tool allows the site's online visitors to browse by product or application. "The Vertellus website focuses on delivering straightforward, easy-to-access information for very complex and specialized inquiries. Whether our customers are looking for a highly targeted pyridine derivative or a natural and renewable castor or citrate solution, our objective is to efficiently and accurately deliver the information our customers seek," said Vertellus Specialties Global Sales Director Mark Lewis. The new vertellus.com brings attention to Vertellus' global presence by giving site visitors visibility to career opportunities and trade shows worldwide. In addition, the new site allows for friendly viewability with multiple electronic devices. Improved access across a range of platforms delivers a better user experience for customers working in a breadth of environments across the globe. "Our customers require easily accessible and highly specialized information regardless of their location or the device they use to access the data," Lewis added. From a brand perspective, the modernized website welcomes visitors to a fresh and creative design that conveys the company's commitment to innovation and technology along with the wide spectrum of industries it serves. Lewis said that the new website is one example of Vertellus' efforts to improve brand identity and highlight the company's presence in the specialty chemicals arena. - * Email

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Lanxess at Expobor 2014 in Săo Paulo, Brazil this week

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Cologne, Germany - LANXESS, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of synthetic rubber, will showcase at EXPOBOR 2014 a broad range of products for the rubber transformation, automotive, tire, and civil construction industries, among others. The event is Latin America’s largest rubber fair, taking place from April 23 to 25 at Expo Center Norte, in Săo Paulo. At this year’s edition of Expobor, LANXESS Keltan Elastomers business unit will present an innovative curing technology for EPDM rubber. The basic finding of LANXESS’ rubber experts is that zeolite can be used as a new co-activator for resol curing, enabling both high cure speed and high curing efficiency. Resol curing opens up an alternative approach of EPDM rubber processing besides established sulphur vulcanisation and peroxide curing which are the main crosslinking technologies for EPDM rubber. So far, resol curing could be designated as the “work horse” for the dynamic vulcanisation of EPDM/PP-based thermoplastic vulcanisates (TPVs). However, for thermoset vulcanisation of EPDM it is hardly used, because it is considered to be too slow and suffers from marching cure. Dr. Niels van der Aar, Head of Technical Service & Application Development at Keltan Elastomers, explains: “Although emphasis of our studies is on the activation of various resol curing systems for EPDM rubber, it is also shown that this novel way of activation is applicable for resol cure of other types of rubber, including (X)IIR, CR, (H)NBR, BR, SBR and NR.” Depending on the particular resol curing system and rubber under investigation, the cure rate is strongly increased. This means a reduction of scorch and vulcanisation times up to 75 per cent. Furthermore, the final degree of crosslinking is clearly enhanced almost up to the double value. “Resol curing can now be considered as a realistic alternative to sulphur and peroxide curing systems making curing at lower temperatures possible and giving e.g. improved heat aging properties,” says van der Aar. “Finally, it will also be shown that zeolite activation is effective not only for the thermoset vulcanisation of EPDM, but also for the dynamic vulcanisation of EPDM-based TPVs, enabling a reduction of the resol content and, thus, improving the TPV color characteristics.” Keltan Elastomers is the preferred partner for innovations and bringing new solutions to customers supported by an extensive, global, technical service network, supplying the best grades to support this new solution. This year, LANXESS will be represented by the business units: Performance Butadiene Rubbers (PBR), Keltan Elastomers (KEL), Rhein Chemie (RCH), Butyl Rubber (BTR), High Performance Elastomers (HPE) and Rubber Chemicals (RUC). - * Email

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Rubber Division, ACS offers book and online course discounts

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Akron, OH - $50 Off Rubber Division Online Courses & 10% Off All Books - offer ends 4/30. This SPECIAL OFFER runs through April 30, 2014. - $50 off Rubber Divion online courses with Promo Code: Course-50 - 10% off all books we offer in our publications catalog with Promo Code: BOOK-10 ONLINE COURSES Include - Basic Rubber Technology - Intermediate Rubber Technology - Advanced Rubber Technology Reminder about our upcoming courses... Material Selection & Failure Analysis - August 12 & 13; Charlotte, NC Molding of Rubber - August 14; Charlotte NC Educational Symposium (10/13-15) held during our International Elastomer Conference at the Nashville Convention Center, Nashville, TN: - Introduction to Rubber Technology for Non-Technologists - Internal Mixers and Mixing Parameters - Colorants for Use in Rubber - Rubber as an Engineering Material - Introduction to Performance Minerals and Mineral Fillers in Rubber Compounding - Rubber Recycling & Applications - Cure Chemistry for Rubber Visit rubber.org/upcoming-training for more educational opportunities through Rubber Division, ACS. - * Email

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Kraiburg TPE unveils new development line

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Duluth, GA– KRAIBURG TPE AMERICAS (KTPE) unveiled its new development/sample line (EL 17) on January 31st of this year, by producing a compound from their THERMOLAST K series. It has been an important project for KTPE’s Technical, Maintenance and Production departments for the past 12 months. The new extruder line will serve primarily two support functions. It will primarily aid the technical department to concentrate on innovative custom solutions for customers and quickly bring those solutions to the customer’s door. As a secondary function, the EL 17 will alleviate the EL 02 (APV Production Line) from producing small runs of material thus making production times more efficient. This way, KTPE’s customer base will benefit due to much quicker response and turnaround time on sample requests. KTPE’s technical department is enthusiastic about having the new line on board because it will aid their developers in formulating new compounds with customer’s custom requirements and rapidly move into the production phase to test first time productions. Additionally, Technical Director, Ken Sienkowski states: “It will also help in our ability to perform color matching projects for customers.” The latter ties into the expanding innovation capabilities for the technical department. The extruder will be operated by newly promoted machine operator, Toan Ma. EL 17 will also be a key factor for the logistics’ department inventory reduction target, as it will reduce scrap material significantly for small orders. The addition of this new line not only speaks to KRAIBURG TPE’s desire to improve upon their rapid response to customer’s demands, but also to the steady growth it continues to experience. - * Email

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