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Book of the day: Thermoplastic Elastomers  

Friday, May 25, 2018

Akron, OH - Rubber World Magazine has compiled a compendium of thermoplastic elastomers articles from 2008-2017. Beginning with an introduction to TPE's and containing 20 articles from our archives. This softback book gives an overview of the research and development in this field from a material scientific point of view, as well as processing. The compendium provides insight into TPEs, its behavior and potential. The book is available for $20 plus shipping and handling in the Rubber World bookstore. Click here to order. - * Email

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Sea-Land Chemical and Chevron Phillips expand distribution relationship to include normal alpha olefins  

Friday, May 25, 2018

Westlake, OH – Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP and Sea-Land Chemical Company have expanded their collaboration to include the AlphaPlus brand of normal alpha olefins. Sea-Land Chemical Company will strategically target distribution to customers requiring small volume drum quantities. The distribution agreement between the two companies will cover the entire U.S. and Canadian territories. “We are excited for the opportunity to represent the AlphaPlus brand of chemistries in North America,” said Jennifer Altstadt, president of Sea-Land Chemical Company. “As the channel distributor for the Synfluid® polyalphaolefin products since 2006, we are well positioned to build upon our strong relationship with Chevron Phillips Chemical and provide another range of high quality products to our customers." Normal alpha olefins, featuring highly accessible terminal double bonds, are ideal materials for manufacturing numerous products. Normal alpha olefins or their derivatives are used extensively as polyethylene comonomers, plasticizers, synthetic motor oils, lubricants, automotive additives, surfactants, paper size, and in a wide range of specialty applications. As major petrochemical building blocks, their use in the development of new chemical products is virtually unlimited. “Sea-Land’s expertise in representing a wide range of chemical suppliers and overall application and product knowledge allows us another avenue to pursue sales opportunities for our AlphaPlus NAO product line,” said Kevin Hendryx, Americas Sales Manager, NAO of Chevron Phillips Chemical. “Our products are used in a wide range of specialty chemical applications where the volumes involved can be at the drum/packaged level. We are excited to have Sea-Land, with their technically trained sales team and customer-focused attitude, manage the complexity of these key customers.” - * Email

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Bio-based polymers production capacity forecast to grow at 4 percent annually  

Friday, May 25, 2018

Hürth, Germany - The production capacities of bio-based polymers continue to grow at around 3 to 4 percent per year, i.e., at about the same rate as petrochemical polymers. Therefore, the market share of bio-based polymers in the total polymer market remains constant at around 2 percent. But the individual development of different bio-based polymers varies considerably. While some are virtually collapsing compared to previous forecasts (e.g., bio-PET), many are showing constant or slightly increasing capacities and a few are even showing significant growth (such as PLA). Additionally, for some bio-based polymers such as PHA, PEF, bio-PE and bio-PP, the prospects for the future are quite positive. Overall, the market environment remains challenging with low crude oil prices, little political support and partially underutilized capacities. Until now, the biodegradability of some bio-based polymers has not yet been able to generate a real advantage globally. The new report is more than just an update, it differs from the previous versions in structure and content. It contains comprehensive information on capacity development from 2011 to 2022, per building block and polymer, as well as information on 102 individual polymer producers. A total of 17 bio-based building blocks and 15 polymers are covered in the report. In addition, the new issue includes analyses of market developments per building block and polymer, so that readers can quickly gain an overview of developments that go far beyond capacity figures. For more details see at www.bio-based.eu/reports. In 2017, the world-wide capacities for bio-based polymers reached 4.6 million metric tons (including hard-to-estimate bio-based PUR this number goes up to 6.4 million metric tons). The forecast for 2022 shows 5 million metric tons, including bio-based PUR: 7.5 million metric tons. With a CAGR of 10 percent between 2017 and 2022, Europe has the highest growth of bio-based polymer capacities compared to other regions of the world. - * Email

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Goodyear recognized by Subaru with the Excellent Performance Award  

Friday, May 25, 2018

Akron, OH - The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was recognized by Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA) with the Excellent Performance Award as an exceptional parts and delivery supplier. The award, presented on May 3, also distinguished Goodyear for its commitment to achieving excellence in collaboration with SIA. “Goodyear and Subaru share a mutual commitment to delivering the highest level of performance and excellence to our customers,” said Steve McClellan, president, Goodyear Americas. “We work closely and collaboratively with automobile manufacturers like Subaru, and are honored by this recognition and our placement on some of Subaru’s best-selling vehicles.” Goodyear has been an original equipment supplier to SIA since 2005, supplying OE tires for the Subaru Tribeca and currently working with Subaru to deliver three fitments for the Subaru Legacy. “SIA is pleased to present The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company with the Excellent Performance Award for superior performance related to safety, environmental stewardship, quality, delivery and partnership,” said Ken Nelson, manager, Subaru of Indiana Automotive. “This award recognizes strong performance for all given targets.” In addition to this prestigious award, Goodyear has recently been recognized by Honda North America with the Supplier Sustainability Award for demonstrating an exceptional commitment to social and environmental responsibility and by General Motors with the 2017 Supplier of the Year Award in the tire category, for demonstrating product, delivery and customer service excellence. - * Email

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Global polyurethane trends and innovations to be unveiled at UTECH Europe  

Friday, May 25, 2018

Maastricht, The Netherlands - Global market trends and the latest technical, legislative and commercial innovations in polyurethanes (PU) technology will be discussed in detail at the UTECH Europe 2018 exhibition and conference next week (May 29-31) in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Exhibitors are also set to reveal a wide range of polyurethane innovations from stands across the exhibition hall at the MECC. Featuring more than 80 detailed technical papers delivered in 12 sessions, the conference will cover the latest developments in the world of polyurethanes and reveal unique insights into the European and global market. Covestro Chairman and CEO Patrick Thomas delivers the conference’s keynote address. Robert Outram, associate director at IAL Consultants, will present a Strategic Market Overview, always one of the conference’s most eagerly awaited papers. Lee Salamone, Senior Director, American Chemistry Council, will cover The News from America: PU opportunities and challenges in the US, Canada and Mexico. A highlight of the conference’s plenary session looking at key strategic and market developments is Jon Penrice, vice president, polyurethanes, at Dow Chemical, whose keynote is titled, Emotion and Function—Creating Value Via Marketing the Innovation. Kristof Dedecker, innovation manager, Huntsman, will present Step change technology for PIR panel production. Ulrich Liman, senior vice president for research and development at Business Unit Polyurethanes, Covestro, presents on PUR 4.0 – Digital Developments for an Improved PUR Production. Sustainability, recycling and the use of renewable resources are a key focus for this year’s event, with no less than 15 papers devoted to the subject in the environment sessions which run over the first two days of the conference. The full three-day conference includes sessions covering all areas of the polyurethanes industry including flexible foams, rigid and spray foams, blowing agents, CASE (Coatings Adhesives, Sealants and Elastomers), additives, polyureas, composites and automotive applications. ISOPA will also be holding a dedicated session on the second day of the conference. - * Email

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