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Yokohama Rubber US tire subsidiary donates $500,000 to local colleges  

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tokyo, Japan ‒ The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced that its U.S. tire manufacturing subsidiary Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi, LLC (YTMM), donated a total of $500,000 to two local colleges. Mississippi State University (MSU) and East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) each received $250,000 as part of YTMM’s program of making contributions to the local community. The donations were formally presented to school officials at a presentation ceremony held at EMCC on May 13. YTMM President Tadaharu Yamamoto presented the MSU donation to Dr. Jason Keith, Dean of the Bagley College of Engineering, and Dr. Sharon Oswald, Dean of the College of Business, and the EMCC donation to the school’s president, Dr. Rick Young. The funds are planned to be used for facility renovations and to support the schools' scholarship programs. YTMM was established in May 2013 as a truck and bus tire manufacturing subsidiary. It started construction of a $300 million tire plant at West Point, Mississippi, in September 2013 and plans to begin operations at the plant this October. The new plant, which is being built on a 570-acre site, will have an annual production capacity of one million tires. YTMM aims to staff the plant with local hires and operate it as an integrated member of the local community. In line with that policy, YTMM looks forward to contributing to the local community in a variety of ways, such as these contributions to local educational institutions. - * Email

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Wacker Polymers to raise prices for dispersions in EMEA  

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Munich, Germany - WACKER POLYMERS is to raise its prices for VINNAPAS® vinyl acetate homopolymer dispersions as well as VINNAPAS® vinyl acetate-ethylene and VINNOL® ethylene-vinyl chloride-based copolymer dispersions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Effective June 15, 2015, WACKER will implement a price increase of up to €50 per ton, or as customer contracts allow. This measure has become necessary in the view of the recent increase in raw-materials cost. The price adjustment enables WACKER POLYMERS to continue providing customers a wide-range of innovative quality products and comprehensive technical, sales and customer support services. Dispersions of the VINNAPAS® and VINNOL® brand are applied in a broad variety of industries, ranging from adhesives, construction, nonwovens, paints and coatings to paper, carpet and textiles. - * Email

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Solvay launches Tegralite thermoplastic lightweighting solutions  

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Brussels, Belgium - Solvay has launched Tegralite™, a family of high performance lightweighting materials which offer the aeronautics industry new downstream solutions and part making capabilities that improve fuel efficiency and speed up the production, refurbishment and maintenance of planes at a lower cost. Solvay's Tegralite™ integrates the world's broadest range of high performance polymer products from Solvay's Specialty Polymers Global Business Unit and the complementary skills of its specialized partners, 3A Composites, Aonix and JSP, through a global network that is open for expansion. “Tegralite's™ package of integrated solutions intends to address the order back log in commercial aviation, which has been growing by 70 percent in the past four years,” said Augusto Di Donfrancesco, President of Solvay’s Specialty Polymers GBU. “This new avenue of growth addresses the rising need to substitute metal or heavier plastic parts with multi-functional thermoplastic materials able to resist shock, impact, high temperature, fire, chemicals and noise.” The industry’s entire value chain of part-, system- and aircraft-makers as well as airlines, stands to benefit from Tegralite™’s materials which will help simplify today’s complex supply chain, enable more part commonality and ultimately roll out planes faster as more people travel. It meets the industry's drive to lower costs and increase efficiency by replacing hand made labor or facilitating on board repairs. Solvay’s alliance with 3A Composites makes available for the first time and in large quantities a new generation of aerospace foams. Its partnership with JSP opens up fast and easy access to 3D foam parts, a technology already widely used in the automotive sector. With Aonix, Solvay propels the development of innovative high- and ultra-performing prepreg systems as well as new sandwich materials and structures. Solvay complements the offering with its tailored multi-layer functional and decorative surfaces. - * Email

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LORD Corporation announced that General James F. Amos, USMC, (ret.) has joined its Board of Directors  

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cary, NC - General Amos most recently served as the 35th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and retired on Dec. 1, 2014. He is the first Marine Corps aviator to serve as Commandant. "General Amos was selected because of his extraordinary leadership and understanding of the strategic factors shaping the environment in which we operate," said Rick McNeel, chairman of the LORD Corporation Board of Directors. "We are honored to have General Amos join our Board." Born in Wendell, Idaho, General Amos graduated from the University of Idaho in January 1970 with a degree in Finance. After commissioning, he attended naval flight training in Pensacola, FL, and was designated a Naval Aviator on 23 November 1971. General Amos commanded at every level, from Lieutenant Colonel to General. His command tours included Marine Wing Support Squadron 173, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312, and Marine Aircraft Group 31. As a Major General, he commanded the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and led them in combat twice during Operations IRAQI FREEDOM I and II. From 2004-2008, Lieutenant General Amos commanded the II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, NC, and the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, at Quantico, VA. In 1998, General Amos was assigned to NATO as the Deputy Commander, Naval Striking Forces, Southern Europe, Naples Italy. During this tour, he served as the Chief of Staff, U.S. Joint Task Force Noble Anvil during the air campaign over Serbia and Kosovo. General Amos' other staff assignments included service as the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation, the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations, and the Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration. Receiving his fourth star in July 2008, he served as the 31st Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. General Amos assumed the duties as the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps on 22 October 2010. During his tenure he completed the Corps' combat mission in Afghanistan. He fought to rebalance and shepherd the Corps during a period of marked fiscal austerity, all while ensuring the combat and ethical readiness of the Marine Corps for its continued role as our nation's Expeditionary Crisis Response Force. Responding to multiple global challenges that have been critically acclaimed as "the new normal," he established Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response commands in both Africa and the Middle East, while adding 1,000 Marine Security Guards to America's embassies around the world. He partnered with key legislators to bring national recognition to the service and sacrifices of the Corps' WWII African American "Montford Point Marines" with the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal. Lastly, he significantly raised the requirements and capacity within the Marine Corps University for all Marines to attend resident Professional Military Education. General Amos retired from active duty on 1 December 2014 after 42 years of active service. His personal decorations include the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal with Gold Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. - * Email

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LANXESS provides its innovative bio-based Keltan Eco EPDM rubber to Freudenberg Sealing Technologies  

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cologne, Germany - Specialty chemicals company LANXESS provides its innovative bio-based Keltan Eco EPDM rubber to Freudenberg Sealing Technologies. This well-known global manufacturer of seals and vibration control technology products recently started to produce rubber seals made of Keltan Eco EPDM at its North American affiliate. Keltan Eco EPDM (ethylene-propylene-diene monomer) rubber contains up to 70 percent of ethylene obtained from sugarcane, and has an impressive set of properties that is in no way inferior to that of “conventional” EPDM. The bio-renewable rubber compound, for which development at Freudenberg Sealing Technologies already began in 2012, addresses the constantly increasing standards on CO2 footprint reduction, especially in the automotive industry, and the overall global pull for more sustainable industrial solutions. Christian Widdershoven, Head of the business line Keltan Elastomers within LANXESS’ High Performance Elastomers business unit, says: “Besides the well-recognized technical performance of Keltan EPDM polymers, Keltan Eco EPDM reduces our dependency on fossil resources and, because it is obtained from renewable sugarcane, has a significantly better CO2 footprint than petroleum-based polymers.” Joe Walker, Global Director Advanced Materials Development at Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, explains: “We had been working with polymer suppliers for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, but the polymer offerings lacked the specific characteristics we needed for our advanced manufacturing processes. So we initiated a project to research the area, and we were able to develop a material that can be used in our next generation injection molding process.” Applications for the rubber compound based on Keltan Eco polymers include seals for coolants, steam, synthetic hydraulic fluids, brake fluids and aerospace hydraulic fluids. The newly developed material is capable of withstanding temperatures up to 150 °C, and the material has outstanding compressive stress force retention. The specific Keltan Eco polymers used for Freudenberg Sealing Technologies’ solution to the harsh requirements of fluid transport feature 45 percent bio-renewable content, which ultimately reduces the manufacturing carbon footprint. This further successfully implemented application of Keltan Eco polymers reflects the fact that Keltan EPDM polymers and their “green” variations – Keltan Eco EPDM – differ just in terms of the origin of the ethylene used in manufacturing – making the ecological difference. For all Keltan Eco types, the switch from the conventional Keltan grade to its bio-based counterpart Keltan Eco imposes no special requirements on users, except a decision to commit to more sustainable products, which perform exactly like their conventional counterparts. The bio-based ethylene contents can be verified by testing method ASTM D-6866. “Currently, six bio-based rubber polymers from LANXESS are available to the market,” says Martin Kleimeier, Marketing Manager for LANXESS business line Keltan Elastomers. “And interest for sustainable products in the industry is growing.” For example, besides applications in fluid transport seals, Keltan Eco 6950 and Keltan Eco 9950 offer both a high molecular weight and a diene content of around nine percent, making them ideal for fabricating foamed sections for automotive body seals. Keltan Eco 5470 for example, as the high ethylene content preference, is used for window profiles already and is under close evaluation for thermoplastic elastomers (TPE-V), artificial track and turf applications. - * Email

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Ashland announces price increase for unsaturated polyester resins, epoxy vinyl esters and gelcoats in Europe, Middle East and Africa  

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Dublin, OH - Ashland Performance Materials, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc., is increasing the price of its portfolio of unsaturated polyester resins, epoxy vinyl esters and gelcoats sold in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) by 100 euros per ton effective June 1, 2015, or as contracts allow. This increase is primarily driven by the continued escalation in costs for key raw materials and unplanned shutdowns of major suppliers. Responding to changing market conditions allows Ashland to continue to provide innovative products and industry-leading support that adds value for our customers. - * Email

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Sartomer Europe increases prices of monomers and oligomers  

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Colombes, France - Effective June 1st 2015, or as existing contracts allow, Sartomer Europe will increase prices of its monomers and oligomers sold in Europe, Middle East and Africa. This increase, ranging from 4 to 8% depending on the product families, is a consequence of the recent rise of the feedstocks, cumulating with the weakening of the euro against the dollar. This resulted in a significant cost increase of the key raw materials. Sartomer, division of Arkema, is the premier global supplier of specialty chemicals for ultraviolet and electron beam (UV/EB) peroxide and two-part epoxy/amine systems. Sartomer provides a variety of specialty acrylates and methacrylates designed to enhance processing and performance characteristics in coatings, inks, adhesives, sealants, composites and other demanding applications. - * Email

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