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Yokohama Rubber holds opening ceremony for automotive hose assembly plant in Mexico  

Friday, May 29, 2015

Tokyo, Japan ‒ The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced that it held an opening ceremony for its recently completed automotive hose assembly plant at the San Francisco Industrial Park Phase IV in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The opening ceremony was attended by Yokohama Rubber’s Takao Oishi, director and senior managing corporate officer, president of Multiple Business, and some 40 invited guests, including Aguascalientes Governor Carlos Lozano de la Torre, San Francisco mayor Margarita Gallegos Soto, and representatives of automobile makers and air-conditioning system makers with plants in Aguascalientes. As the company's representative, Oishi greeted the attending guests with the following words: "Today’s plant opening is the culmination of a long process that began when Yokohama Rubber decided to establish of a hose assembly plant here in Aguascalientes. Economic strength combined with a strong and well educated work force is why Yokohama Rubber chose to establish itself in this great state of Aguascalientes. I would like to extend my most sincere gratitude to Governor Carlos Lozano de la Torre and all of you in attendance today for the grand opening ceremony of the Yokohama Industries Americas Aguascalientes Plant. We will develop an efficient production system and a strong supply base in Mexico to meet the growing market demands of our customers." The new hose assembly plant began operations in January 2015 as the Mexican production base of Yokohama Rubber’s wholly owned subsidiary Yokohama Industries Americas Inc. The plant will assemble automotive hoses, including air-conditioner hoses and hoses for transmission oil coolers. Its output will be sold to automobile makers in Mexico. The San Francisco Industrial Park Phase IV is conveniently located in the northern part of Aguascalientes, about 40‒50 minutes by car from Aguascalientes International Airport. Yokohama Rubber decided to locate its plant in this location because Aguascalientes has the highest economic growth rate of any Mexican state and a labor force that is expected to provide the plant with excellent workers. - * Email

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Solvay opens state-of-the-art research and innovation laboratory in Japan  

Friday, May 29, 2015

Tokyo, Japan – Solvay announced the opening of a new research and innovation laboratory “Solvay Nicca Tokyo Innovation Laboratory.” Located near the Haneda airport and occupying a total area of 250 sq. m., the laboratory will be the key innovation center for Solvay Novecare to support Japanese customers in the agrochemical, coatings, home and personal care, and industrial markets. This laboratory is fundamental to the growth strategy of Solvay and represents an important milestone in its ambition to deliver sustainable and innovative technologies to its customers in Asia. “Japan has always been at the forefront of new, innovative technologies. With our key focus on bringing innovations to the market to answer our customers’ unmet needs, it becomes even more apparent that we need to have the most advanced application labs in this country. We can then offer our customers innovative solutions to help differentiate themselves in the marketplace”, said Pierre-Franck Valentin, vice president and general manager of Solvay Novecare Asia Pacific. By basing one of our global innovation centres in the greater Tokyo area, Solvay Novecare is to take advantage of the country’s deep research and academic capabilities and ready infrastructure. The laboratory will be a key interface to our customers and partners, supporting them to develop formulations and new technologies in their key markets. With the inauguration of the new state-of-the–art research and innovation lab in Tokyo, Solvay is developing some of its core application competencies in polymers and specialty surfactants technologies as well as develop new products in this premise, in conjunction with our R&D Innovation Centers situated in Singapore, Shanghai and other global sites. The laboratory will be one of the core innovation grounds in Asia Pacific for Solvay Novecare, a global leader in the specialty surfactants industry. - * Email

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TA Instruments acquires assets of Bose Electroforce Group  

Friday, May 29, 2015

New Castle, DE – TA Instruments announced the acquisition of certain assets related to the Bose ElectroForce Group, from the Bose Corporation of Framingham, MA. The Bose ElectroForce group manufactures dynamic mechanical testing systems, used to characterize medical devices, biologic and engineered materials. The ElectroForce test instruments are based on unique motor designs that are quiet, energy-efficient, scalable, and deliver high performance over a wide range of force and frequency. Their systems are used every day in the world’s largest and most prestigious companies, academic institutions and governmental laboratories. Terry Kelly, president of TA Instruments, commented on the acquisition: “Bose Corporation has a long history of technology leadership in the markets they serve, and the ElectroForce group is no exception. They pioneered the use of electromagnetic motors in scientific instruments. We’re excited to gain access to new markets and we believe there are tremendous opportunities to leverage the technology, infrastructure and customer bases of our respective organizations to grow this business.” - * Email

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University of Akron names rubber band contest for young inventors winners  

Friday, May 29, 2015

Akron, OH — An art piece that uses projection to create displays of light and shadow, and an avian food delivery system that ensures its patrons never have to wait for human benefactors to notice their bare feeding space; what could possibly connect these two things? Rubber bands. Two young trailblazers stretched their minds to come up with these designs, which incorporate rubber bands in imaginative and functional ways, for the Seventh Annual Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors. The Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) at The University of Akron announced Laura Salazar of Keller, TX, and Adia Bulawa of Greeneville, TN, as the winners of this talent fostering competition. The contest tests the creativity and innovation of fifth- to eighth-grade students nationwide by challenging them to produce rubber band-based. With a nod to Akron’s heritage as the Rubber City, the rubber band creations competed in two categories: Arts & Leisure and Science & Engineering, with Salazar’s “The Elastic Shadow” and Bulawa’s “No More Angry Birds Bird Feeder” placing first in the divisions respectively. Judged by a panel of engineers, scientists and art experts, the inventions receive merit based on their originality, usefulness, design and integration of rubber bands. Entries from 412 contestants representing 22 states participated in the competition. As first-place winners, Salzar and Bulawa will receive $2,000 for their mind-bending inventions, while runners-up will receive $1,000. Lainey Waldman of Las Vegas, NV, was named runner-up of the Arts & Leisure division with her “Unique” submission and Jacqueline Daniel from Anchorage, AK, placed as runner-up in the Science & Engineering division with her “Rube Goldberg Cat Feeder.” The four remaining finalists in each division will also receive a $50 prize and $250 will be awarded to the four schools with the most contest entries: Eagle Ridge Middle School (Ashburn, VA), North Ridgeville Middle School (North Ridgeville, OH), St. Mary School Chardon (Chardon, OH), and Brady Middle School (Pepper Pike, OH). For more details visit http://rubberbandcontest.org. - * Email

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Cooper Tire & Rubber Company to present at Deutsche Bank Global Industrials and Basic Materials conference  

Friday, May 29, 2015

Findlay, OH – Cooper Tire & Rubber Company announced that Roy Armes, chief executive officer, and Ginger Jones, chief financial officer, are scheduled to present at the Deutsche Bank 6th Annual Global Industrials and Basic Materials Conference on June 4 at 10 a.m. CDT/11 a.m. EDT. Interested parties can access the live webcast via the link on the Investor Relations section of the company’s website or at the following internet address: http://cc.talkpoint.com/deut001/060315a_ae/?entity=28_N56WYYS. The audio portion of the webcast will be archived on the Investor Relations section of the Cooper website and will be available within one hour of the presentation. - * Email

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Wacker joins Germany's Diversity Charter  

Friday, May 29, 2015

Munich, Germany - The Munich-based Wacker Group has signed Germany’s Diversity Charter. The aim of this nationwide initiative is to promote diversity in companies and institutions. Wacker is intensifying its commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce so as to enhance the group’s performance. By signing the charter, organizations agree to create a working environment free from prejudice. Every employee should be treated with respect, regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or worldview, disability, age, and sexual orientation or identity. The Diversity Charter was launched in December 2006. Since then, over 2,000 companies and public institutions have signed this voluntary commitment. Wacker sees diversity and inclusion as the key to being even more successful in the future. Take the following example of cultural diversity: over the past few years, Wacker has become more international, selling its products in 130 countries around the world. Most of the group’s sales, 86 percent in 2014, are generated outside Germany. The international nature of Wacker’s business is therefore reflected in its management structure more and more. Over recent years, Wacker has increasingly filled leadership positions in its regions with local employees rather than with German executives sent there on assignment. Members of the group’s executive personnel now come from 17 different countries. “We are actively promoting diversity and inclusion, because we’re convinced that it enhances our company’s performance,” says Wacker CEO Rudolf Staudigl. This commitment to diversity and inclusion applies worldwide. The company is now setting about devising regional diversity and inclusion strategies in order to reflect local cultural and legal considerations. Wacker Germany is focusing on age/experience, gender and cultural background. As for women in leadership positions, the company already has effective HR tools in place to pinpoint and develop female employees with potential. Such tools include a group-wide talent management system and mentoring programs. A wide variety of working-time models makes it possible for men and women to achieve a work-life balance. “But we realize the promotion of diversity and inclusion is an ongoing process,” says CEO Staudigl. “It is a process we have to continue driving forward with resolve.” The charter is intensifying the debate on diversity and inclusion through a variety of projects and measures, such as this year’s German Diversity Day on June 9, which will be the first time that Wacker has taken part. At several sites, the company will be sensitizing executives to the topic of diversity and inclusion by holding presentations on, for example, how men and women behave differently in business. - * Email

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Sibur offers six new PE grades  

Friday, May 29, 2015

Moscow, Russia - Six new film grades of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) manufactured by Sibur’s Tomsk facility have been successfully tested by key consumers and added to the company’s offering. The new products are designed for manufacture of a wide range of films, from general purpose films to special and combined multilayer applications such as greenhouse, protective, shrinkable, and modern food packaging films. The new grades enable film product manufacturers to optimise processing, improve quality of their finished goods, and substitute some imported LDPE materials. Grades 153B and 158B, for example, have higher resistance to thermal oxidative aging. They can be used for manufacture of agricultural greenhouse films or various multilayer applications. 153BZ and 158BZ polyethylenes contain an additive that allows for material processing with advanced technology-intensive equipment. These grades are suitable for manufacture of all types of film products and eliminate the need to use additives to ensure stable quality under high processing speeds, because such agents are already included in the composition. Another couple of new products, 153BEF and 158BEF polyethylenes, are also highly resistant to thermal oxidative ageing and contain special additives that improve slip and prevent blocking of separate layers of film in a roll. Such films are widely used in manufacture of household bags and other products that require good separability of film layers. “Consumer focus is what drives the expansion of our polyethylene grade range. Both in Russia and abroad, processers expect polymer producers to offer modern, hi-tech materials. SIBUR has already accumulated vast experience in development and launching of new product grades. After the reconstruction of the PE unit at out Tomsk site is completed in 2016, our technical capability to expand the product range will increase drastically,” said Sergey Komyshan, managing director of Sibur’s Basic Polymers Division. - * Email

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