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ExxonMobil to expand its specialty elastomers plant in Newport, Wales  

Friday, July 22, 2016

Houston, TX - ExxonMobil announced plans to expand its specialty elastomers plant in Newport, Wales. The company said the project, expected to be completed in late 2017, will result in a 25 percent increase in its global capacity to manufacture Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV), high-performance elastomers used for automotive, industrial and consumer applications. “ExxonMobil is the world’s foremost supplier of engineered thermoplastic elastomers,” said Kurt Aerts, specialty elastomers and butyl rubber vice president at ExxonMobil Chemical. “Our investment in this expansion strengthens our leadership position and reflects our continuing commitment to help customers around the world manufacture high-performance products that require both flexibility and durability.” Santoprene elastomers perform like vulcanized rubber and process like plastic for applications in diverse markets. Like plastic, Santoprene TPV can be extruded, molded or thermoformed easily and economically into a variety of shapes. Like rubber, it is resilient, flexible and resistant to heat, fluids and chemicals. Santoprene elastomers provide manufacturing flexibility, ease of processing and consistent product durability. ExxonMobil’s Vistalon synthetic rubber is a critical raw material in Santoprene TPV. Manufacturers using Santoprene TPV can reprocess scrap materials and overruns, which yields an environmental benefit through reduced energy use and waste. Santoprene elastomers have been successfully used for decades in a wide range of applications from health care devices to a variety of automotive components, including weather seals. The lower density of Santoprene TPVs, compared to thermoset rubber and other thermoplastic elastomers, contributes to reduced part weight. “We are committed to providing our customers with premium products and outstanding technical service backed by decades of expertise and leadership,” Aerts said. “ExxonMobil offers innovative design and performance solutions that help customers differentiate their products and grow new market opportunities for them and for us. Santoprene TPV complements our specialty elastomers portfolio that includes both conventional and metallocene products.” Experts from ExxonMobil Chemical work closely with customers to design parts and evaluate performance characteristics and service life. The company’s technology centers offer prototype part and tooling development and testing support. ExxonMobil’s specialty plants in Newport, Wales and Pensacola, FL, supply Santoprene TPV to customers around the world. Vistalon rubber raw material is produced at ExxonMobil plants in Baton Rouge, LA, and Notre Dame de Gravenchon, France. - * Email

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Bombardier CS100 aircraft enters service with the Michelin radial tire with NZG Technology  

Friday, July 22, 2016

Clermont-Ferrand, France - Michelin has announced that the all-new Bombardier CS100 aircraft have entered service with Michelin Radial NZG Technology tires. The maiden commercial flight by CS100 launch operator Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) on July 15, 2016, went from Zurich (Switzerland) to Paris (France). Michelin, which has been selected as a tire supplier for the all-new C Series twinjet family of aircraft, provides the Michelin Air X tire for the C Series production line. The C Series family of aircraft has been developed by Bombardier for the 100- to 150-seat market segment. The C Series aircraft will set a new standard of comfort and efficiency to deliver economic advantage to operators and to open up new opportunities for single-aisle aircraft operations, with 10 percent less fuel per trip, along with low emissions and low noise footprint that contribute to the aircraft’s best-in-class environmental scorecard. Frank Moreau, president of Michelin Aircraft Tyre, said, "Michelin worked hand-in-hand with Bombardier on this aircraft and the company is committed to providing innovation and safety to all of its customers." As innovation leaders, Michelin introduced the world’s first radial aircraft tire in 1981. Michelin is a trusted partner for original equipment manufacturers and continuously incorporates smart innovations into designing tires that anticipate customer needs for future aircraft. Compared to an equivalent bias tire, the new Michelin Radial NZG Technology tire delivers up to 100 percent more landings due to a significant improvement in wear. It also provides up to 25 percent reduction in weight that translates into significant fuel savings for airlines and improves elevated reliability, in particular, by increasing the resistance to damage caused by foreign objects. Combined, these factors will contribute to a reduction in unscheduled maintenance and lead to improved business efficiency for airlines flying the C Series aircraft. - * Email

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Mesnac plays a leading role in formulating the Four RFID Tyre Tags International Standard  

Friday, July 22, 2016

Brussels, Belgium - From July 1114, The Four RFID Tyre Tags International Standards kick-off meeting was held in Brussels. The formulation of four RFID tire tags international standards is initiated by China and mainly drafted by Mesnac. The four proposed RFID tire tags standards are radio frequency identification (RFID) tire tags, embedding methods for radio frequency identification (RFID) tire tags, testing methods for radio frequency identification (RFID) tire tags, coding for radio frequency identification (RFID) tire tags. They are the first batch of standards from the China tire industry that is officially approved by ISO to start the project. Meanwhile, the initiated standards drafted by Mesnac are expected to become the first ISO standards to regulate the application of tire-use RFID tags. The four international standard were officially filed for application in June 2015 and ISO/TC31/WG10 workgroup was established on October 6, 2015. The Convener of the Workgroup is Dong Lanfei from Mesnac; the co-convener of the workgroup is Pierre Loiret from Michelin. At the kick-off meeting of ISO/TC31/WG10, 24 experts coming from China, France, the U.S., Italy, Germany and the U.K. attended the meeting. The kick-off meeting won great support from National Technical Committee 19 on Tires and Rims of the Standardization Administration of China (SAC_TC19), The European Tire and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO) and Association Française de Normalization (AFNOR). The kick-off meeting was chaired by Dong Lanfei. At the meeting, experts from all parties expressed in detail their opinions and suggestion on the drafts of four RFID tire tags international standards. The kick-off meeting concluded with the consensus between experts from different countries. The second meeting of the ISO/TC31/WG10 workgroup is expected to be held in December; by then, workgroup experts will continue the discussion and review on the drafts of four RFID standards and aim to promote the work to progress from the WD (Workgroup Draft) stage to CD (Committee Draft) stage. Mesnac’s initiative on four RFID tire tags international standards shows its ambition to speed up the application of RFID technology in tires and is of great significance to the technical progress of the tire industry. - * Email

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PolyOne Corporation announces quarterly dividend  

Friday, July 22, 2016

Cleveland, OH - The board of directors of PolyOne Corporation has declared a quarterly cash dividend of twelve cents ($0.12) per share on the common stock outstanding, to be paid on October 6, 2016, to stockholders of record on September 16, 2016. - * Email

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Borealis appoints Maria Ciliberti as vice president of marketing and new business development, polyolefins  

Friday, July 22, 2016

Vienna, Austria - Borealis announced the appointment of Maria Ciliberti to the position of vice president (VP) of marketing and new business development, polyolefins, effective July 11, 2016. Maria Ciliberti joins Borealis directly from Celanese Europe BV in Amsterdam, where she had served as vice president sales - Europe, Middle East and Africa for one year after having held the position at Celanese GmbH in Germany since 2012. Maria Ciliberti first joined Ticona Engineering Polymers, a business unit of Celanese, in 2005. She has also held various senior positions at Composite Technologies and Owens Corning (both located in Michigan); and General Electric Plastics (in The Netherlands and in Michigan). A native of the United States, Maria Ciliberti, began her career in polyolefins at The Dow Chemical Company in 1989 after earning back-to-back degrees from The Ohio State University of Columbus, OH: a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (1985), and a Master of Business Administration (1989). Maria Ciliberti is married with four sons. "We are exceedingly pleased to welcome Maria Ciliberti to Borealis," says Alfred Stern, Borealis executive vice president, polyolefins and innovation and technology. "As a results-oriented personality with a prodigious amount of international experience, she is the ideal person to lead our polyolefin marketing and new business development organization. We trust that she will continue to build on her impressive track record of growing business portfolios by creating value through innovation." - * Email

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Book of the day - Fatigue, Stress and Strain of Rubber Components, by Judson Bauman  

Friday, July 22, 2016

Akron, OH - This book covers the fatigue testing of specimens, curve fitting of equations to the test data, and the use of such equations in life prediction. Topics include the nature of rubber, history of its usage, types of rubber in brief, manufacturing methods, and stress-strain testing and behavior. Also, the text covers the application of finite element analysis to components to determine high stress points that are vulnerable to fatigue failure. By Judson T. Bauman, hardcover, 214 pages, 140 figures, $130.00 plus shipping and handling. Click here to order. - * Email

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