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Tire Industry Association finds crumb rubber poses no risk in athletic field use  

Friday, May 27, 2016

Bowie, Md. - The Tire Industry Association (TIA) announced that it has issued a position statement regarding the use of crumb rubber. The statement was developed by the association's Environmental Advisory Council (EAC). Recently, the benefits of recycling scrap tires have become clouded by media claims that recycled rubber may be harmful to people and the environment. TIA's EAC conducted an extensive review of the testing performed in the United States and overseas regarding the health and environmental effects of using crumb rubber. The EAC found that in every evaluation, researchers reached the same conclusion: Crumb rubber used in artificial turf or as a playground surface poses no significant health or environmental risk. "Each of these studies validated the position that crumb rubber poses no significant health or environmental risk. For this reason, the EAC and TIA support the continued use of crumb rubber in synthetic turf, athletic fields and playgrounds as well as other product applications," said TIA executive vice president, Roy Littlefield. TIA is concerned about the health and safety of consumers who use recycled tire products and encourages consumers to know the facts about recycled rubber. The association and its members continue to welcome and support all additional scientific research. The position statement can be viewed at www.tireindustry.org. - * Email

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R.D. Abbott hosts leading healthcare elastomers manufacturers at MD&M East  

Friday, May 27, 2016

Cerritos, CA - R.D. Abbott will present a specialty Healthcare Elastomers Luncheon on Wednesday, June 15, at MD&M East, in room IE20 of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY. Attendees may network with peers and hear from technical leaders about innovations, advancements and the extraordinary benefits of silicone, butyl and polyisoprene for the healthcare industry. Roger Hendrick, industry specialist for application engineering and technical service with Dow Corning, will present on silicone advancements. Dana Adkinson, technical development manager with Arlanxeo, will present on advancements in butyl polymers. Aparajita Bhattacharya, senior scientist with Kraton Polymers LLC, will present on polyisoprene advancements. And Tom Jenkins, executive director of business development for R.D. Abbott, will highlight laboratory capabilities, technical services and recent innovations at R.D. Abbott. The luncheon presentations will include technical product overviews (e.g., product properties, biocompatibility, processability and applications) from leading manufacturers of healthcare elastomers; insights on new elastomer technologies and innovations impacting the healthcare industry; time to network with other industry professionals; and a free lunch. The luncheon is intended for design engineers, chemists, process engineers, purchasing managers, and executives and key decision makers. Further information is available at: www.rdabbott.com/elastomer-lunch . - * Email

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RMA offers a reminder for summertime drivers  

Friday, May 27, 2016

Washington, D.C. - More than eight in ten motorists do not know how to properly check tire pressure, according to a survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the national trade association for tire manufacturers. May 29 - June 4 is National Tire Safety Week, an RMA initiative to raise awareness about the importance of proper tire care. "Safety is our industry's top priority," said Anne Forristall Luke, RMA president and CEO. "Today's tires are a high-tech marvel of engineering innovation that can last for tens of thousands of miles and contribute to better fuel economy but they need a few minutes of basic care each month to perform at their peak." AAA estimates that more than 30 million drivers are expected to travel at least 50 miles by car over the Memorial Day weekend. Approximately 14 percent of AAA's roadside assistance calls during the weekend are expected to be tire-related. RMA wants motorists to start a tire care habit that includes checking tire pressure monthly and before long trips, and measuring and inspecting tread. To properly check tire pressure, RMA says to use the vehicle manufacturer's recommended pressure which can be found on the driver's door post or in the owner's manual, check tire pressure before driving and use a tire gauge. Drivers should also inspect tire tread for punctures or other damage and measure tread depth using the "penny test." RMA research shows that drivers need to pay more attention to their tires. Four out of five drivers don't know how to properly check tire pressure; one half of drivers wrongly believe that the correct pressure is listed on the tire; two out of three drivers do not check the tire pressure in their spare tire; and one in three drivers do not know how to tell if their tires are worn out. National Tire Safety Week is an RMA initiative to bring awareness to motorists about proper tire maintenance. This effort is supported by RMA members: Bridgestone Americas, Inc., Continental Tire the Americas, LLC, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Kumho Tire U.S.A., Inc., Michelin North America, Inc., Pirelli Tire North America, Sumitomo Rubber North America, Inc., Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. and Yokohama Tire Corporation. - * Email

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Orion Engineered Carbons offers new carbon blacks to improve fuel efficiency of tires  

Friday, May 27, 2016

Kingwood, TX - Orion Engineered Carbons has three new rubber carbon black products for creating more fuel efficient tires in response to consumer demand and federal standards for vehicle fuel economy. These grades offer reduction in rolling resistance via narrow particle size distributions and lower sidewall hysteresis; and lower air permeation through the inner liner for better tire inflation consistency. These were the key messages from Jose Briones, Orion Engineered Carbons marketing manager, Rubber, North America, who presented on May 25 at Carbon Black World in Fort Worth, TX. “Compared to standard ASTM grades, a carbon black with narrow aggregate size distribution (ASD) features better in-rubber properties,” said Briones. “Depending on the dispersive mixing technology, tread wear improves by up to 13 percent with narrow ASD carbon black technology as compared to the current state of the art.” For sidewall applications, Briones said that blending Orion’s Ecorax S 204 combined with N300 series grades can reduce sidewall hysteresis significantly, and thus lower rolling resistance and improve fuel efficiency, while maintaining other key tire properties. Each compound can be individually optimized to find the best compromise. “Ecorax S 204 achieves the lowest hysteresis of any furnace carbon black, something that cannot be achieved with silica, while providing good reinforcement for natural rubber based compounds,” said Briones. Briones said that Orion’s Ecorax S 206 reduces air permeation through the inner liner by up to 25 percent, maintaining tire air pressure critical to vehicle safety and tire life in addition to fuel efficiency. He encouraged tire designers to recognize the value of these new carbon black grades in meeting current and even more stringent fuel economy standards. Looking ahead, Briones urged the industry to develop partnerships to incorporate narrow ASD carbon blacks in the latest tire design concepts, including reduced tread depths and multilayer tread designs. He also called for studies to determine the benefit of narrow ASD carbon blacks in treads containing silica to further reduce rolling resistance. - * Email

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Bridgestone and Michelin are winners of the Reifen Innovation Award  

Friday, May 27, 2016

Essen, Germany - The winners of the Innovation Awards for the best products and services at the Reifen trade fair are confirmed: Bridgestone, Michelin, 4JET Technologies and ASE Corghi were awarded for their innovations. Messe Essen and the German Federal Association of Tire Dealers and the Vulcanizing Trade (Bundesverband Reifenhandel und Vulkaniseur-Handwerk) presented awards to four companies for their notably pioneering developments. Bridgestone and Michelin won the "Technology and Products" category. Bridgestone was awarded for its DriveGuard tires with emergency run-flat system, Michelin was victorious with its Michelin X Line Energy Triple A tires, the first tire range for trucks with Class A fuel efficiency. The prize for the "Service Concepts and Process Optimization" category went to 4Jet Technologies from Alsdorf for Scannect, the first solution in the world designed to equip tires with an individual, permanent QR code which can be read by a smartphone camera. ASE Corghi, the workshop equipment supplier, took the prize for the "Motor Vehicle Service" category for Uniformity, the world's first tire fitting machine with diagnostic functions. - * Email

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Toyo Tire recognizes National Tire Safety Week by introducing four new online tire maintenance videos  

Friday, May 27, 2016

Cypress, CA - Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. recognizes National Tire Safety Week by introducing four new videos in the Tires 101 section of its website at toyotires.com/tires-101. These highly informative videos address four essential topics: How to Check Your Tire Pressure, How to Check Tire Tread Depth, How to Inspect Tire Wear, and How to Read Your Tire Sidewall. National Tire Safety Week is presented by the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association (RMA) and supported by industry partners such as Toyo Tires, running May 29 - June 4, 2016. It is designed to educate motorists about the importance of tire safety and maintenance. According to the RMA, only 17 percent of drivers properly check their tire pressure. As a result of those numbers, under-inflated tires can waste up to 1.2 billion gallons of fuel annually. And most important, under-inflated tires contribute to numerous fatalities and injuries each year. “Your tires are one of your key assets for the safe enjoyment of your vehicle, especially during the holiday travel season,” said Amy Coleman, senior director of marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “With the summer months soon approaching, it is wise to check your tires with the help of our new videos or stop by your local tire dealer for a safety check.” To watch the informative videos about tire maintenance and safety by Toyo Tires, go to toyotires.com/tires-101 or view them on YouTube at YouTube.com/toyotires. To learn more about National Tire Safety Week, go http://www.rma.org/tire-safety/. - * Email

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Book of the day - Rubber Molding Principles  

Friday, May 27, 2016

Akron, OH - Rubber Molding Principles, written by Van Walworth, Date Release: August 2013. ISBN: 978-616-90836-8-9, Hardbound, 150 Pages, Publisher: TechnoBiz Communications Co., Ltd., Book Cost: $89 plus S&H. Book Contents: Chapter 1: Introduction to Rubber Molding; Chapter 2: Rubber Behavior in the Molds; Chapter 3: Rubber Molding Presses; Chapter 4: Compression Molding; Chapter 5: Transfer Molding; Chapter 6: Injection Molding; Chapter 7: Vacuum Molding; Chapter 8: Wasteless/Flashless Molding; Chapter 9: Basic Rubber Mold Design; Chapter 10: Process Troubleshooting; and Chapter 11: Molding Process Selection Guide. Visit RubberWorld's Bookstore to purchase at www.rubberworld.com - * Email

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