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Trelleborg acquires agricultural tire business in Australia  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Spartanburg, SC - Trelleborg has, through its business area Trelleborg Wheel Systems, signed an agreement to acquire Armstrong Tyres, an Australian service and distribution company of agricultural tires. The business specializes in tires and complete wheels for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and tractor dealers, and holds a market-leading position in Australia. The acquisition increases Trelleborg’s presence in the Australian market and strengthens the base for the sale of tires to the aftermarket. The acquired operation has its head office in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. Sales in 2014 amounted to approximately SEK 50 M. This bolt-on acquisition is part of Trelleborg’s strategy to strengthen its positions in attractive market segments. “A local presence and global reach have become key drivers in our business strategy. This acquisition provides us with an excellent opportunity to expand our range of agricultural and complete wheels in an attractive and major market. We also see good prospects to position our business for future expansion in the Australian aftermarket,” says Maurizio Vischi, president of the Trelleborg Wheel Systems business area. The transaction is expected to be finalized in the second quarter of 2015. - * Email

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Clariant acquires Lanxess' black pigment portfolio in India  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mumbai, India – Clariant announced that it has acquired the black pigment preparations portfolio of Lanxess, located at Nagda, Madhya Pradesh, India. This product line of Lanxess manufactures black pigment preparations used for processing of viscose fiber, which goes in the manufacture of mainly viscose-based apparels, knitwear, towels, bed-linen, etc. With this acquisition, Clariant in India gains additional pigment preparation capacity to cater to a larger, wider customer base. Commenting on the acquisition, Dr. Deepak Parikh, vice chairman and managing director, Clariant Chemicals (India) Ltd., said, "Over the last couple of years we have made significant strides in building a value proposition for our stakeholders by sharpening our business focus and increasing our footprint in India. This was achieved through organic resource optimization and capitalizing on inorganic value opportunities." Sambit Roy, regional director, marketing and sales (pigments), Clariant in India, said, "The pigment preparations business has been the mainstay of our India operations and we continuously adapt product offerings to suit evolving customer needs. This acquisition is a strategic decision to expand distribution networks. We will upgrade technical services and provide state-of-the-art technology in order to generate high quality products to support our customers' business growth." Clariant in India has local pigment production activities at its Roha (Maharashtra) and Cuddalore (Tamil Nadu) sites. In the year 2014, Clariant invested in the expansion of its Roha pigments facility, thus strengthening its commitment to India. - * Email

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Momentive Performance Materials Inc. announces results for the fourth quarter and full year  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Waterford, NY – Momentive Performance Materials Inc. announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014. “We were pleased to post continued improvement in our silicones business in the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 and begin a new era for Momentive Performance Materials by successfully completing our balance sheet restructuring,” said Jack Boss, chief executive officer and president, Momentive Performance Materials. “We appreciate the steadfast support of our lenders, customers, suppliers and employees during the pendency of our case and are moving forward with the financial flexibility and cash flow necessary to continue to drive innovation across our specialty portfolio and provide value-added and differentiated products and services. We are excited by the opportunities afforded to us by our new capital structure and remain focused in 2015 on investing in both our operations and leading growth technologies.” Fourth Quarter 2014 Results: Net sales for the three months ended December 31, 2014, were $603 million, a decrease of 2 percent compared with $614 in the prior year period. The decline in net sales was primarily driven by the strengthening of the U.S. dollar against other currencies which more than offset price and mix improvements in silicones. On a constant currency basis, net sales would have increased 2 percent for the period. Segment EBITDA for the three months ended December 31, 2014 was $61 million, an increase of 17 percent compared with $52 million in the prior year period. The increase in Segment EBITDA was primarily driven by strong growth in our specialty silicones portfolio, partially offset by demand cyclicality for semiconductor related quartz products. Fiscal Year 2014 Results: Net sales for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, were $2.48 billion, an increase of 3 percent compared with $2.40 billion in the prior year. The increase in net sales was primarily driven by an increase in silicones volumes. Segment EBITDA for the 12 months ended December 31, 2014, was $238 million, even with the prior year. Segment EBITDA performance for the year largely reflects gains from our silicones portfolio that were offset by demand cyclicality for semiconductor related quartz products and an increase in corporate expenses. - * Email

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Sumitomo Rubber begins delivery of Falken brand ZIEX tire to Volkswagen for use on the new Passat  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Tokyo, Japan -Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. announces that they have begun delivering the Falken brand "ZIEX ZE914A" and "ZIEX ZE914A ECORUN" high-performance tires to Volkswagen for use on their new model "Passat," which they first unveiled in Europe last October. In order to provide the high-level steering stability and noise reduction performance required of Volkswagen's new model "Passat," our Falken"ZIEX ZE914A" tires feature a fine-tuned internal structure and incorporate all-new, specially developed compounds. In addition, our Falken "ZIEX ZE914A ECORUN" tires, which come installed on the eco-friendly "Passat" model, strike an excellent balance between steering stability and noise reduction performance while at the same time reducing tire rolling resistance to achieve improved fuel efficiency. - * Email

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Holz Rubber Company celebrates 80 years in business  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lodi, CA - Holz Rubber Company celebrates 80 years in business. Started in 1935 by William G. Holz in Lodi, CA, Holz Rubber was originally a tire retreading operation. As industry needs changed, the company changed right along with it. Over the years, Holz grew by serving a variety of industries including manufacturing parts for the power generation industry, agriculture industry, food processing plants, original equipment manufacturers, and oil and gas markets. During the 1960s, Holz introduced its innovative Slide Lag product which was the first field replaceable pulley lagging system on the market. In the 1970s, the company would go on to manufacture the elastomeric expansion joints that are now its signature product. The elastomer expansion joint eventually replaced the metallic version in many situations where rubber allowed for more movement, less vibration and sound, and handles abrasion better. In more recent years, the company has grown organically and through acquisitions to become a leading provider of expansion joints and engineered rubber parts in North America. "It is exciting to see our highly experienced employees take the less experienced folks under their wing. We are excited for the future of our company," said Dave Smith, president of Holz Rubber. Today, the company specializes in meeting customers' needs in a variety of industries including power generation, oil and gas, water and waste management, OEM, mining and agriculture, to name a few. The company now employees a dedicated customer-centric team in its 145,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant and is committed to continue its growth by hiring great people and concentrating on serving its customers to the highest level. - * Email

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Proto Labs introduces low-alloy steel to metal injection molding  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Maple Plain, MN - Product designers and engineers can now get injection-molded low-alloy steel prototypes and low-volume production parts at rapid manufacturer Proto Labs, Inc. The technology-driven company has added two nickel steel materials (Catamold FN02 and FN0205) and a chrome-moly material (Catamold 42CrMo4) that is the metal injection molding (MIM) equivalent of 4140 steel. The new metals expand the potential applications for parts produced by Proto Labs’ advanced MIM process. “We’ve had tremendous customer demand for stainless steel with MIM last year, and expect the same response to our new low-alloy metals,” says Becky Cater, Proto Labs’ product manager for MIM. “We offer many different hard and soft metals through our 3D printing and CNC machining services at Proto Labs, but nickel steel is only produced through metal injection molding. This material boost will inherently let our customers do more things in the realm of low-volume metal manufacturing.” Low-alloy steel creates strong, wear-resistant metal parts when heat-treated and is able to be to be coated in post-processing for further protection. As for applications, the low-alloy steel materials will be used heavily by the firearms industry for various gun and archery components as well as by automotive engineers for engine and transmission components, and the industrial goods sector during development of hand and power tools, and door and window lock hardware, for example. - * Email

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New market report on global SBR market  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Dallas, TX - Sandlerresearch.org adds "Global Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR) Market 2015-2019" a new research report to its store. The Global Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR) market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.36 percent during the forecast period of 2014-2019. An independent tech-focused global research firm, has announced the publication of its market research report on the Global Styrene Butadiene Rubber Market 2015-2019. Consumers are increasingly opting for green tires as they are eco-friendly, fuel-efficient, and durable, and provide grip and reduce carbon emission. Current vehicle engines consume more fuel with increase in friction, thereby causing more emissions. Manufacturers are now developing green tires that minimize roll resistance and increase performance. The Global SBR market can be segmented into two based on the type: E-SBR and S-SBR. S-SBR is widely being used because of the new tire labeling regulations and the preference toward the use of green tires. The APAC region accounts for the major share of the market, with leading countries such as China and India contributing significantly to the global market. Moreover, demand for high-performance tires and the implementation of tire labeling regulations are propelling the market. By increasing production capacity, manufacturers are able to meet consumer needs and production lines to produce other grades of the product. Many manufacturers from North America and Europe are setting up production plants in the APAC region because of low operation costs. The report, Global SBR Market 2015-2019, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the APAC region, Europe, North America, and the ROW; it also covers the Global SBR market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market. - * Email

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