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University of Akron Polymer Training Center announces silicone elastomers course in July  

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Akron, OH - The University of Akron Polymer Training Center is offering a four-day Silicone Elastomers Technology and Fabrication Seminar from July 25-28, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, OH. Cost is $1,700 if registered by June 24, and $1,750.00 thereafter. Three CEUs will be awarded to attendees. This is a comprehensive course taught by industry specialists beginning with basic silicone chemistry and ending with hands-on processing at the molding machine. This four-day course encompasses three days in a classroom environment learning about chemistry, types of silicone elastomers, mixing methods, testing, specifications, bonding and recent innovations. How to select pumping units, molding machine requirements, mold building, processing and problem solving are also discussed. The fourth day is a “hands-on” experience at ShinEtsu Silicone’s Technology Center, where participants' practical training will be put to use. Instructors are Mel Toub, Rick Finnie, Craig Lustek, Juergen Giesow, John Timmerman and Bob Pelletier. This course offers a comprehensive overview of silicone elastomers, including basic silicone chemistry, mold manufacturing, information regarding pumping units and molding machines, manufacturing processes, fabrication techniques, problem solving and application areas. Emphasis is on liquid injection molding (LIM/LSR). This course is presented by a panel of experts in the silicone field, and time is allotted for discussion of specific project of interest. Featured at this course is a one-day "field trip" to ShinEtsu Silicones Technology Center, during which attendees will experience all the manufacturing processes involved in producing the actual LSR part. The course is designed for both entry level and experienced rubber technologists, rubber chemists, process engineers, laboratory manager, supervisors, technicians, shop foremen, quality assurance manager and engineers, technical sales personnel, molding technicians and rubber producers and users. The course outline includes silicone elastomer technology; liquid silicone rubber; tooling design and construction; dispensing systems; injection equipment; molding parameters; automation; fLow analysis; and troubleshooting. For more information, visit http://www.uakron.edu/aptc/courses/. - * Email

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Cooper Tire launches new Roadmaster wide based tire  

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Findlay, OH - Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is adding to its Roadmaster line of commercial tires with the introduction of the new RM332 WB heavy-duty wide base tire in size 425/65R22.5. The RM332 WB is designed for the steer axle in mixed service applications. The Roadmaster RM332 WB has a specially designed rib-type tread pattern to withstand the rigors of heavy haul driving, on- or off-road, while also providing long tread life and even wear. The cut and chip resistant tread compound was specially formulated to meet the diverse performance requirements of mixed service applications. Additionally, the RM332 WB is designed to preserve the casing for retreading, including a protective curb bar on both sidewalls, stone protector ledges in all four circumferential grooves to help resist stone penetrations, and four heavy-duty, full-width steel belts to promote durability in heavy haul fleets. The new RM332 WB is backed by a Roadmaster warranty that offers two retreads within six years. “Mixed service applications are highly demanding and this new tire stands up extremely well to a wide variety of uses,” said Gary Schroeder, Cooper’s Director of Commercial Vehicle and Global OEM Sales. “Our Roadmaster tires provide long miles and are backed by a strong warranty. These advantages, combined with attractive pricing, make Roadmaster a great tire for customers looking to reduce cost-per-mile,” he added. - * Email

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Rubber Division, ACS announces upcoming training courses  

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Akron, OH - The Rubber Division, ACS announces upcoming training opportunities. Internal Mixers and Mixing Parameters will be held June 13, 2016, in St. Simons Island, GA. This presentation covers a number of topics dealing with internal mixers and mixing parameter; the things that affect rubber mixing. Understanding Raw Materials, the Building Blocks of Rubber Compounding will be held August 23, 2016,in Akron, OH. This one-day course provides a current overview of the raw material supply chain for the $220 billion rubber industry and is based on the new book titled, Raw Materials Supply Chain for Rubber Products. Compounding for Performance will be held August 24-25, 2016, in Akron, OH. This two-day course is for both entry-level and seasoned rubber technologists alike. The class will provide an intensive overview of rubber compounding for product performance and is based on the book Rubber Technology and Testing for Performance, 2nd Edition. Solving Problems in Rubber Compounding and Processing will be held August 26, 2016, in Akron, OH. This course is crucial for anyone in the rubber compounding field. It provides an in-depth look at processing problems in mixing, extrusion, calendering and molding. Introduction to Compounding and Testing of Elastomers will be held September 8, 2016, in Fort Wayne, IN. This seminar will present an overview of compounding elastomers. Topics include elastomers, fillers, oils/plasticizers and curing agents. Also discussed will be the mixing and testing of elastomer compounds and how to select an elastomer for a given application. Applied Rubber Technology will be held September 27-28, 2016, in Akron, OH. Participants in this training will gain an in depth knowledge of the engineering characteristics of rubber materials as well as an intense review of rubber systems and how to select them. Detailed treatments will be provided in the areas of formulating, testing, mixing and rubber fabrication. For more information visit www.rubber.org - * Email

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Hankook Tire supplies exclusive original equipment to the Nissan Frontier  

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Seoul, Korea – Hankook Tire announced that the company supplies its highway all-season Dynapro HT in size P265/70R16T and P265/60R18T, and aggressive all-terrain Dynapro AT-M in size P265/75R16T tires for the Nissan Frontier, a leader in the midsize truck segment. Hankook Tire is the exclusive original equipment provider across the main size ranges for the Nissan Frontier, further expanding its diverse original equipment (OE) supply portfolio. The supplement to Nissan is the latest example of Hankook Tire’s growing presence in the light truck radial (LTR) business, especially in North America where demand for pickup trucks is relatively high. By successfully supplying an expanded size range for the automaker’s mid-size pickup truck, Hankook Tire has been able to further strengthen its partnership with Nissan as well as raise its brand presence in the North American pickup truck OE market. Those Frontier pickups equipped with Hankook Tire’s OE products are exported to North America and Mexico. As a premium all-season tire for light trucks and SUVs, the Dynapro HT provides drivers with greater treadwear, enhanced rolling resistance, and improved snow traction. Dynapro HT’s 3.5 percent wider tread offers superior driving comfort as well as a longer lifespan. The tire also utilizes a stiff center block and an advanced snow kerf design to provide heightened steering response in addition to reduced noise across all driving conditions. Hankook Tire’s all-terrain Dynapro AT-M was designed to meet the performance needs of light trucks, vans, and sport utility vehicles both on and off the road. Its innovative tread and sidewall design resembles tiger teeth, giving it an aggressive look that enhances vehicle style as well as driving capability. The tire’s wraparound tread also guards against possible deformation while providing outstanding traction, especially in muddy or snowy conditions. The Frontier is the sixth brand of Nissan Group joined with Hankook Tire in company with Altima, NV200, Paladin, Qashqai and Rogue. Hankook Tire highlights its expanded global OE portfolios to Japanese brand through the new OE contract with Nissan. "We are proud to announce the new OE supply contract for Nissan Frontier.” says Seung Hwa Suh, vice chairman and CEO of Hankook Tire. “The new OE supply contract proves Hankook Tire’s products are highly recognized as a global premium brand with technological excellence once again. Hankook Tire will continue to raise its standing in the OE business by maintaining its heavy investment in R&D in order to meet the high standards of leading global automakers.” - * Email

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Songwon expands its offering for the industrial lubricants industry  

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Ulsan, Korea – Songwon Industrial Co., Ltd., announced that it is extending its product offering to meet the growing needs of the industrial lubricants market. For the past few years, Songwon has been successfully selling high-performance phenolic antioxidants to the fuel and lube additives industry. Due to the success, the organization has now decided to place more emphasis on this market and concentrate on expanding its range of antioxidant solutions. The products will be sold under Songwon’s well-known brand name, Songnox and the company says that it will offer the range globally via a dedicated channel-to-market sales team. Commenting, Olivier Keiser, leader of lube additives, said: “Customers in today's lubricants market seek products that are both sustainable and high-performing. With over 50 years in the additives industry, listening to customers and developing innovative solutions to meet their ever-increasing demands has always been our focus. Lubricant customers will benefit from our broad range of phenolic antioxidants back integration into key intermediates combined with world-scale production capability and Songwon’s best-in-class customer service. We also have a strong geographical presence in Asia, one of the fastest growing markets for fuel and lube additives.” Songwon will offer standard phenolic liquid products such as Songnox L135, as well as niche phenolic products, for example: Songnox L101, Songnox L107, Songnox L109 and Songnox L115. - * Email

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Scott Gardner joins Davis-Standard as regional sales manager, elastomer and profile systems  

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Pawcatuck, CN – Davis-Standard, LLC announces the appointment of Scott Gardner as regional sales manager for elastomer and profile systems. In his new role, Gardner will manage and direct Davis-Standard’s sales efforts for elastomer and profile product lines in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, western Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia. Prior to joining Davis-Standard, he was business development manager for ESI-Extrusion Systems in Akron, OH. He also worked as a technical specialist for Carlisle Syntec in Pennsylvania where he was responsible for product sales and customer training programs throughout the U.S. “Scott brings outstanding extrusion experience and knowledge to our team,” said Joe Wnuk, Davis-Standard vice president of Elastomer and Profile Systems. “His knowledge of business development, sustainable sales growth and customer service will serve us well. We welcome him to Davis-Standard.” - * Email

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