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Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand plan regional rubber market

Friday, November 21, 2014

Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia - Three major world rubber producers, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, are targeted to set up a regional rubber market within the next 18 months. Plantation Industry and Commodities Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the framework for the rubber futures market is completed, but it still needs some fine-tuning. The regional rubber market would provide a platform for better price discovery and effective hedging functions for rubber producers, consumers and market players, he said. He was speaking at a press conference after the international tripartite rubber council ministerial committee meeting in Kuala Lumpur. - * Email

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Harwick Standard, Natrochem and Arkema team up to make coagents

Friday, November 21, 2014

Akron, OH - Harwick Standard has partnered with Natrochem and Arkema’s Sartomer Division to provide additives that can help enhance physical properties of peroxide-cured elastomer compounds. Natrochem works closely with the Sartomer team which provides liquid coagents to create the Natrochem dry liquid concentrates (DLC) of those liquid coagents. The use of peroxides has been proven to enhance heat aging performance, but peroxides by themselves fail to maintain the dynamic properties of a sulfur-cured compound. However, with the addition of coagents to peroxide curing, it has been demonstrated in numerous applications that dynamic properties such as compression set, hardness, modulus, elongation and tensile strength can be maintained or improved beyond sulfur vulcanization. Moreover, coagent addition to a peroxide cured elastomer improves the rate of cure, the state of cure, and heat and chemical resistance. Additionally, coagent addition can potentially reduce the peroxide initiator requirement. Coagents were originally developed to increase crosslink density in peroxide-cured elastomers by maximizing the efficiency of free radical reactions. However, the technology has progressed to the extent that crosslinking improvements are taken for granted. Now, the coagent selection drives improved performance in more than just tensile strength and modulus. These new coagents can also enhance properties that include lower compression set, greater tear strength and improvements in dynamic fatigue properties. Coagents that increase both the rate and state of cure are referred to as Type I. Natrochem’s NatroCel 35A and SR-517 DLC-A both utilize Sartomer’s liquid SR 350 and Saret 517 Type I trimethacrylate coagents, respectively. Type 1 coagents are known to form very reactive radicals due to their low molecular weight and multifunctional monomer structure. The second class of coagents, referred to as Type II, typically generate fewer reactive radicals through hydrogen abstraction, contributing only to the state of cure. Natrochem’s TAC and TAIC DLC-A can utilize Sartomer’s liquid SR 507A and SR 533 Type II coagents. This class of coagents includes allyl containing cyanurates, isocyanurates and unsaturated polybutadienes. Recently, Sartomer introduced a new liquid coagent, SR 523, which has both methacrylate and allyl functionality. This dual functionality yields cure performance of both Type I and Type II coagents combined. The Natrochem product, SR 523 DLC-A, provides a coagent for peroxide cure in a dry liquid concentrate form. This new coagent offers good compatibility with both saturated and unsaturated elastomers, resulting in improved state of cure versus Type I coagents, while also exhibiting improved scorch resistance and much improved dynamic properties. Many of the beneficial properties associated with coagent use are the result of the chemical structure and functionality. Understanding the relationship between coagent structure and performance allows the compounder to select the optimized coagent for their specific elastomer type and application. Natrochem offers a broad selection of DLC forms of Type I and Type II coagents. In addition, they also offer the new Type I/Type II dual functional coagent that can enhance dynamic properties for a variety of elastomer compounds. - * Email

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Apollo Tyres redesignates president from CFO to CBO

Friday, November 21, 2014

Gurgaon, India - Apollo Tyres announced the redesignation of Sunam Sarkar, its president and chief financial officer, to the new position of president and chief business officer, and his relocation to Singapore. In his new assignment, Sunam will oversee corporate strategy, integrated supply chain, including raw material sourcing, production planning and logistics operations, information technology, greater China operations, corporate social responsibility and corporate communications. Speaking of the change, Neeraj Kanwar, vice chairman and managing director, Apollo Tyres Ltd., said, “Sunam has had a very fruitful stint as the CFO and has been instrumental in greatly strengthening the Apollo balance sheet. He continues to lead the strategic planning function at Apollo and with his previous experience in sales, marketing, strategy and finance, he is the ideal person to develop, implement and lead Apollo’s growth strategy, where we seek a strong presence in new geographies. He will additionally bring his strategic acumen to play in the vital area of strategic sourcing, for which we are establishing a new base in Singapore, given how much of our raw material supplies come from that region.” Sunam joined Apollo in 1999 to head the marketing function and has since successfully undertaken stints in corporate strategy, operations and finance. He joined the board of directors in 2004 and continues as an executive director. He will continue as the CFO of the company until a replacement is announced. - * Email

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Synthetic rubber producers set program for 2015 association meeting

Friday, November 21, 2014

Houston, TX - The sustainability, innovation and trends influencing the synthetic rubber industry are among the topics that industry-leading speakers will address at the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP) annual meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, April 20-13, 2015. “The institute’s annual general meeting has established itself as the go-to event for the synthetic rubber industry,” said James L. McGraw, managing director and CEO of IISRP. “Abraham Brink of Karbochem, our International president, has led an outstanding effort in organizing a high level speakers program,” added McGraw. Daniele Ferrari, CEO of Versalis, will deliver the Keynote address. He will be joined by ten other speakers reflecting the conference theme, “Future Vision … Forward Movement.” The full program will be available December 1, 2014, on the IISRP website at www.iisrp.com. Early registration will be available at that time. - * Email

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Songwon announces global price increases for the majority of its polymer stabilizer range

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ulsan, Korea - Songwon Industrial Co., Ltd. announced a global price increase of 8 percent to 12 percent on a majority of its Songnox, Songsorb and Songxtend product range of polymer stabilizers for the plastics industry. The increase is effective for all orders invoiced on or after December 15, 2014, or as contracts allow. However, this price increase does not apply to Japan. Songwon already announced a 15 percent increase in Japan in line with the different dynamics and economical needs of the region. - * Email

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New market report on global silicone crosslinked polyethylene released

Friday, November 21, 2014

San Francisco, CA - A recently released market report introduces silicone crosslinked polyethylene basic information, including the silicone crosslinked polyethylene definition, classification, application, industry, chain structure, industry overview; an international market analysis and a China domestic market analysis. Some key points covered in this report include: Global and regional leading suppliers Different product types Different applications Silicone crosslinked polyethylene production and market share Silicone crosslinked polyethylene industry policy and plan Silicone crosslinked polyethylene product specification, manufacturing process, product cost structure Global key manufacturers Silicone crosslinked polyethylene production capacity The report introduces a silicone crosslinked polyethylene project, SWOT analysis, an investment feasibility analysis, an investment return analysis and also gives related research conclusions and a development trend analysis on the global silicone crosslinked polyethylene industry. It is an in-depth research report on the global silicone crosslinked polyethylene industry, thanks to the support and assistance from silicone crosslinked polyethylene industry chain related technical experts and marketing engineers during the research team survey and interviews. Access the full report on the Global Silicone Crosslinked Polyethylene Market: http://www.radiantinsights.com/research/global-silicone-crosslinked-polyethylene-industry - * Email

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Book of the day - Resistance and Stability of Polymers

Friday, November 21, 2014

Akron, OH - A new book is offered in the Rubber World book store - 'Resistance and Stability of Polymers.' The stability and resistance of polymeric materials determine whether they can be utilized in a given application. Authoritative and reliable material information is needed during the material selection process, and this information must consider the influences of material manufacturing, compounding and stabilization, processing, part design, use and subsequent disposal/recycling. This book is based on a review of more than 1,200 literature sources and represents a comprehensive overview of the current know-how regarding the stability and resistance of thermoplastics, thermosets and elastomers, as well as the most commonly used reinforcements and additives. Extensive tables document material resistance to given media, facilitating appropriate material selection or stabilization for a given application. Volume 1 covers principles of aging, testing methods, stabilization, processing, applications, mechanical behavior of fiber reinforced plastics. Volume 2 covers plastics, rubbers and their acronyms. Other abbreviations, tables of chemical resistance, a bibliography and an index are included. Author: Gottfried Ehrenstrein & Sonja Pongratz ISBN: 978-1-56990-456-5 2 volumes, 1,436 pages ©2013, hardcover $499.95 USD + SH Visit http://www.rubberworld.com/RWbookstore.asp for more information - * Email

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