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EUROMAP plans introduction of energy efficiency label for machinery

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Frankfurt, Germany - EUROMAP is planning the introduction of an energy label for plastics and rubber machinery. The label supplements the published EUROMAP recommendations on energy efficiency. Hitherto, the machine manufactures use own designs to present the determined energy efficiency classes. The development of a common and neutral label will enable manufactures to present the efficiency classes of their machines transparent and comparable for customers. In contrast the energy label of the EU (e.g. for refrigerators), the EUROMAP label is voluntary. The detailed specification of the EUROMAP energy efficiency label is available as free download for public advance information. It should come into force by Oktober 1st 2014. - * Email

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Versalis signs cooperation agreement with CB&I for engineering services

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

San Donato, Milan - Versalis (Eni) has signed a Cooperation Agreement with CB&I, the leading US-based engineering and industrial services company. CB&I will market and provide engineering services for Versalis’ low density polyethylene (LDPE) and ethyl vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA) technologies in North America. CB&I will be able to offer both tubular and autoclave high pressure processes, which will enhance the range of products at Versalis’ LDPE and EVA plants and add a high-quality product mix capable of meeting any market needs. The Versalis LDPE and EVA technologies complement CB&I’s olefins processes and polypropylene technologies, and, thanks to this new agreement, will be industrialized and enhanced in North America and Mexico. The two companies have already partnered for other petrochemicals processes. "The marketing of our LDPE and EVA through our partnership with CB&I,by means of its significant presence in the petrochemicals market worldwide, has come to be part of the strategy Versalis is pursuing to strengthen its positioning internationally. This agreement gives us the opportunity to enhance and expand our technological footprint along with our high standards of quality",said Daniele Ferrari, Chief Executive Officer of Versalis. LDPE and EVA are used to produce agricultural and stretchable film, packaging, cables, foams, hoses and are used for injection molding and extrusion coating. - * Email

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Arkema announces the start up of its new methyl acrylate plant in Texas

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Colombes, France - Arkema announces the start-up of its new plant for the production of methyl acrylate, an acrylic acid derivative used in the manufacture of polymers for water treatment, elastomers and engineering polymers. This investment, on its Clear Lake site in Texas, represents the last phase of a $110 M investment plan intended to strengthen Arkema’s rankings in the US acrylics market. Following the commissioning of a 2-ethyl hexyl acrylate (2EHA) production plant in Bayport in 2012 and the opening of an acrylic acid capacity expansion in Clear Lake in June 2013, the start-up of a 45 KT methyl acrylate plant announced today represents the last phase of the revamping and capacity increase plan for Arkema’s acrylics business in Texas announced in November 2010. This commissioning now makes Clear Lake one of the world’s leading manufacturing sites for acrylic acid and derivatives. Arkema acrylics production site at Clear Lake, Texas, USA. With the completion of this investment program, Arkema aims to fully capitalize on the growth of acrylic acid and derivatives in the fast-growing markets of water treatment, superabsorbents and enhanced oil and gas recovery. - * Email

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Polyvulc USA hires Heritage Equity Partners to assist in company sale

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Vicksburg, VA - – Polyvulc USA, Inc., an injection-molding company that recycles plastics into pier pads and FHA-approved perimeter foundation wall systems for manufactured homes, and two tire recycling businesses, has retained Heritage Equity Partners to seek an immediate sale of the Vicksburg-based company, as well as its subsidiaries, Polyvulc Tire Recycling, LLC, a tire shredding facility in Jackson, MS and Winnsboro Rubber Recycling, LLC, a crumb rubber plant in Winnsboro, LA. The companies were founded in 1995 by Fred Farrell and Larry Lambiotte, who also founded, built and eventually sold Falco Lime to Mississippi Lime in 2003. Both are well-known Mississippi businessmen and philanthropists that have made major personal investments in these recycling operations. Polyvulc Tire Recycling, LLC located just southwest of downtown Jackson, takes whole tires and shreds them down to approximately a ¾” to 2-inch size rubber chip. A portion of the rubber chips are sold for use in the playground industry and as TDF (tire derived fuel) to the paper mill industry. The remainder is sold to Winnsboro Rubber Recycling for further grinding into smaller sizes and/or to Polyvulc USA, Inc. for use in its steel reclaiming system. Winnsboro Rubber Recycling, LLC operates a 70,000 sq. ft. leased facility and grinds rubber chips from tires into fine-grind rubber powders (-40 down to 10mesh). The powders are then sold into various markets including asphalt, athletic fields, roofing, and soaker hose industries. In addition to chips, Winnsboro also takes in whole tires at its shredding facility, and shreds for its own raw materials. The company has the capacity to do 40,000,000 lbs. annually. Tire reclaiming and recycling transforms millions of tires every year into raw materials for smart, sustainable products, including improvements to many products and materials already in production. Rubber asphalt is safer and longer-lasting than traditional asphalt, rubber mulch outperforms wood mulch, and tire derived fuel is cleaner and has higher BTU value than fossil fuels. Additionally, recycling rubber keeps millions of scrap tires out of landfills each year, making the entire process a true green alternative. Matt LoCascio, a Managing Director at HEP, says that “Ownership is looking to complete transactions in the next 45 days and we believe the existing capacity and customers make this an excellent acquisition opportunity for someone in the rubber recycling or injection molding businesses. Winnsboro is one of only four permitted facilities in the entire state of Louisiana, and Polyvulc Tire Recycling is one of only two in Mississippi, so groups looking to expand in this industry only have a few options to consider.” - * Email

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BASF increases prices for ethanolamines in Europe

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ludwigshafen, Germany - With immediate effect, or as existing contracts permit, BASF is increasing its European sales prices for ethanolamines (EOA) as follows: Monoethanolamine (MEOA) + 40 EUR/ mt Diethanolamine (DEOA) + 60 EUR/ mt Triethanolamine (TEOA) + 40 EUR/ mt or by the equivalent amounts in local currency. The price increase will also apply to current supply agreements as soon as and to the extent permitted by their terms and conditions. Ethanolamines (EOA) are high-class intermediates used in the manufacture of crop protection agents and wood protectants, surfactants for detergents and cleaning products, process chemicals for gas treatment, lubricants and cement additives as well as active pharmaceutical ingredients. BASF produces EOA at its Verbund sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; and Nanjing, China. - * Email

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Goodyear surpasses goal of hiring 1,000 US military veterans

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Akron, OH - Two years ago, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (GT) made a commitment to hire 1,000 United States military veterans. Today, the company announced that it surpassed its three-year goal more than a year early, and has pledged to hire an additional 1,000 veterans. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio, USA. "The response to Goodyear's military hiring initiative—both from veterans and the public—has been incredible," said Gary VanderLind, vice president of human resources, Goodyear North America. "Thanks to our military recruiting efforts and the talent exhibited by veteran candidates, we've surpassed our initial goal more than a year early and are making an aggressive new pledge to hire 1,000 more veterans over the next year." Goodyear's original commitment was announced in cooperation with the United States Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes program—a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities—and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. "It is simply amazing what Goodyear has been able to do in only two years," said Eric Eversole, vice president at the U.S. Chamber and executive director of Hiring Our Heroes. "Thanks to industry leaders like Goodyear and the companies who have followed suit, we have seen real progress and momentum in the effort to get veterans back to work in America. There is still so much to be done on this issue, but Goodyear is setting a tremendous example by doubling down on their commitment." According to VanderLind, veterans, guardsmen and reservists looking to build a civilian career will find the Goodyear culture supportive of traditional military values, with a focus on delivering results. Goodyear associates are committed to building the highest quality products in a supportive team-based culture. The company has also formed an employee veterans association, which is devoted to supporting the transition to civilian life and enabling internal networking opportunities. "The make-up of our workforce is changing rapidly and we're seeking high quality talent that will help us meet the evolving needs of our customers and our company," VanderLind said. "We've found that veterans, guardsmen and reservists often demonstrate many of the skills we value: proven leadership, courageous decision making, effective problem solving and the technical skills that translate well to working in the tire industry." Goodyear currently has a wide variety of career opportunities across many areas of its business for which veterans would be ideally suited, including engineers, front-line managers, service technicians, and corporate roles in areas such as supply chain, procurement, finance, and human resources. Anyone interested in employment with Goodyear should visit www.goodyear.com/careers for the latest job postings. Goodyear's relationship with the military dates back to World War I, when the company produced truck tires and airships for the war effort. Today, Goodyear is the largest producer of military tires in the United States. - * Email

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Cooper Discoverer A/T3 awarded Overland Journal editor's choice award

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Findlay, OH – Overland Journal, the publication for worldwide vehicle-supported expedition and adventure travel, has awarded the Cooper Discoverer A/T3 light truck tire its Editor’s Choice and Value Award, as reported in the Summer 2014 issue. Overland Journal put the Discoverer A/T3 through the ultimate proving grounds during a head-to-head test with seven of the most popular all-terrain tires, and through a comprehensive comparison of 10 different evaluation exercises, the A/T3’s high-speed control, predictability and wet-pavement traction stood out at the top to showcase an impressive range of performance attributes both on and off the road. Overland Journal’s test was performed by Joe Bacal, a professional driver skilled in testing off-highway vehicles. As a former lead evaluation specialist for Toyota, and a Baja 250, 500 and 1000 winner with Team Lexus, Bacal is regarded as one of the foremost four-wheel drive performance evaluators in the United States. He pushed the tires to the limit and assessed which all-terrain products exceled through dirt and pavement testing. “We are gratified that Overland Journal recognized the innovative features, performance and value of the A/T3 to give it the Editor’s Choice and Value Award,” said Scott Jamieson, Cooper's Director of Product Management. “Since its debut, this tire has become one of Cooper’s most sought-after light truck tires. The success of the Discoverer A/T3, coupled with this accolade, is evidence of our focus on crafting quality tires that perform and meet the real-life performance needs of consumers.” According to Scott Brady, Chief Evaluator and Publisher of Overland Journal, “The A/T3 demonstrated superior ride quality, NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) and skid pad handling; it cannot be overstated how well the tire performed overall on the pavement. In the end, the Cooper Discoverer A/T3 was also the overwhelming champ at speed on the dirt as well. After a controlled 75-mph drift on the gravel oval, Joe Bacal summed the tire up as ‘ridiculously fast.’ The Cooper is smooth and effective at speed, with limited oversteer and no notable overshoot upon countersteer,” he said. The success of the Discoverer A/T3 is attributed to its aggressive five-rib all-terrain design, silica based tread compound and dual draft tread element walls, lateral groove protectors and broken center rib. These prominent features also landed the Discoverer A/T3 on Overland Journal’s in-house vehicle, a Land Rover Range Rover Sport. Highlights from the data collection performed by Overland Journal prove that on pavement, the Discoverer A/T3 behaves more like a performance tire, showing consistently fast speeds on wet and dry courses that match-up to its grip, control and response on the dirt track. In addition, the tire’s modern tread design exhibits a strong, shouldered structure, leading to excellent lug integrity and stone ejection, significantly improving off road traction. Complete test results are featured in the Summer 2014 issue of Overland Journal. - * Email

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