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PolyOne announces plans for new innovation center in Asia

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Shanghai, China - PolyOne Corporation is establishing a new Innovation Center in Shanghai, China. The new facility will facilitate collaboration, accelerate application development and increase speed-to-market for customers in the Asia Pacific region. The state-of-the-art facility will be strategically located in a new hi-tech industrial park in the JinQiao Development Zone in Shanghai, and will focus on research and development projects generated within the company's Specialty Engineered Materials business segment. The new Innovation Center is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2014. "We are very pleased to be making this investment in such an important region," said Craig Nikrant, president, Global Specialty Engineered Materials. "Our customers in Asia will benefit from the expanded infrastructure, technical resources and unparalleled expertise that will be offered at our new Innovation Center." Commenting on PolyOne's recent growth in Asia, Robert M. Patterson, executive vice president and chief operating officer said, "In 2013 we delivered record revenues and operating income in Asia. Our 'invest to grow' strategy in the region is clearly working, and our new Innovation Center is yet another step in what we expect will be continued growth for our customers and PolyOne." - * Email

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Applied Silicone launches adhesive gels for scar management

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Santa Paula, CA - Applied Silicone Corporation, a global supplier of long-term implantable silicones for the medical device and critical healthcare market, introduces medical grade silicone adhesive gels optimized for scar management products. Traditional methods for improving the aesthetics of hypertrophic and keloid scarring include cover-ups and laser or surgical procedures. Alternative cosmetic or textile covers can be messy and require an aggressive bond to the skin. Silicone gel, in topical or sheeting form, has the ideal combination of gentle, secure adhesion, moisture barrier, and permeability in order to minimize the appearance of old and new scars. Adhesive gels are specially formulated silicone gels that possess the ideal properties of traditional silicone gels but with greater cohesive strength for durability. They can be cast or molded in unlimited thickness by virtue of a polyaddition cure mechanism that produces no by-products. Inherently hydrophobic, gels provide an excellent water barrier yet are permeable to water vapor and air. A breathable barrier surface applied over a scar will promote a reduction in the appearance by maintaining a clean, hydrated skin surface under the gel. With great cohesion, Adhesive gels are resistant to tear and fracture in daily wear. The product is fabricated using a medical grade dimethyl silicone system that is non-toxic, non-allergenic, non-sensitizing, and meets ISO requirements for prolonged skin contact as supported by preclinical testing for cytotoxicity and sensitization. Adhesive gel systems are designed with intermediate viscosities and are self-leveling to combine minimal run-off and good unsupported build; ideal for knife coating onto support substrates. Experienced medical device manufacturers establish their preferred mix ratio to obtain the ultimate combination of firmness and surface tack. “Adhesive gel systems offer the cohesion, permeability, surface tack, biocompatibility, and high strength ideal for scar management,” said Norm Riley, technical marketing manager at Applied Silicone. “They provide an effective barrier to the elements and protect underlying skin from contamination while maintaining hydration to minimize a scar’s appearance.” - * Email

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New market report on the global and China natural rubber industry

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Albany, NY - Markets Research Reports.biz added deep and professional market research reports on "Global And China Natural Rubber Industry Report 2013 - 2016. Since 2011, global natural rubber market has remained oversupplied with surplus amounting to 220,000 tons in 2011, 410,000 tons in 2013 and expected to soar to about 540,000 tons in 2014. Affected by this, global natural rubber prices have been falling. In 2013, natural rubber futures prices in China plummeted by 41.2 percent over 2011, and is expected to continue to decline. Currently, global natural rubber consumption markets are mainly concentrated in China, Europe, India and the United States, with the four countries and regions making up 59.6 percent of global natural rubber consumption in 2013. Among them, China was the largest consumer, reaching up to 4.156 million tons, or 34.9 percent of the world's total. However, limited by planting region, climate and so on, global natural rubber production is primarily concentrated in Southeast Asia including Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam and African countries. In relative terms, output of natural rubber in China is rather low, only 856,000 tons in 2013, or 7.3 percent of global total. Due to grave imbalance between market supply and demand, China imports most of natural rubber from abroad, with import volume totaling 2.4723 million tons in 2013, an increase of 13.6 percent year on year. Among them, 87.9 percent came from Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia over the same period. In recent years, China has been expanding rubber planting area. Rubber trees which were planted in 2005-2008 will be tapped in succession from 2014, and then output of natural rubber in China will increase dramatically, with the output expected to exceed 1 million tons in 2016. Sinochem International, China Hainan Rubber Industry Group, Guangdong Guangken Rubber Group and Yunnan State Farms Group are the leading Chinese natural rubber producers. Propelled by “going out” strategy for Chinese natural rubber companies, they have accelerated the expansion of overseas business. Sinochem International Corporation is the largest provider with comprehensive operation in the field of natural rubber. The company, through acquisition and integration of natural rubber processing factories and plantations at home and abroad, has continued to expand its natural rubber business. As of the end of 2013, the company had 180,000 hectares of land for natural rubber, with processing capacity of 680,000 tons per year of rubber. China Hainan Rubber Industry Group Co., Ltd. is a key natural rubber producer in China. By the end of 2013, the company had controlled 21 rubber factories in Hainan and Yunnan with combined processing capacity of 430,000 tons per year of natural rubber. In addition, following its acquisition of Singaporean rubber trading giant R1, the company established a joint venture in July 2013 in Sierra Leone, with the aim of planting 100,000 hectares of natural rubber and intending to build a natural rubber processing plant. Guangdong Guangken Rubber Group Co., Ltd. began to expand its overseas business from 2004 and by the end of January 2014 the Group had 19 overseas projects, with total investment of RMB 8 billion and 3 million mu (1 hectare equals to 15 mu) of rubber planting area. If all projects can reach designed capacity on schedule, the company will be able to produce over 1 million tons of natural rubber annually. - * Email

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Ethiopia eyes untapped rubber production potential

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The Anadolu Agency reports, "Ethiopia is currently carrying out a pilot project on more than 700 hectares of land in the southwestern Bench Maji region that officials hope will help turn the country into a major rubber producer. "The pilot project launched in 1994/95 has so far consumed 100 million birr [roughly $5 million] from government coffers," Dawit Mesfin, general manager of the Chemical Industry Corporation's National Rubber Tree Development initiative, told Anadolu Agency. "Three studies conducted prior to 1989 proved that there was potential in the southwestern part of the country to develop 84,000 hectares of land with rubber trees," he said. So far, rubber trees have been planted on only 270 hectares of land. But the project has already begun yielding rubber, said to be up to international quality standards. Ethiopia spends as much as $600 million every year on the import of rubber products, including car tires. "Now that the pilot project has proved a success… we hope Ethiopia will tap into this vital resource so as to save considerable hard currency expenditures," he said." - * Email

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Hankook announced as exclusive tire supplier of FIA Formula 3 European championship

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Neu-Isenburg, Germany – Hankook continues as the exclusive tire partner to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship for 2014. For this season, the premium tire manufacturer supplies a further-developed tire from its successful Ventus Race Formula slick offering even more grip. On the calendar this season are 33 races over 11 weekends as a partner series to the DTM. Teams and drivers face challenging conditions on circuits like Imola, Spa-Francorchamps, Silverstone, Nürburgring and Hockenheim, which require not only the indispensable driver talent but also commitment and a willingness to learn. Moreover, a decisive factor for success is the understanding of complex relationships, for instance like the adaptation of perfect tire handling in conjunction with the car’s setup. For this reason, the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is regarded in the motorsport scene as the most demanding Formula feeder series in the world. “In the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, pilots need to call upon their technical expertise. They must understand the tires. Only then are they in a position to get the most out of the rubber,” explained Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook’s motorsport director for Europe. “This applies more than ever in 2014, because we’ve given this year’s tires even more performance. I’m looking forward to gripping races and an impressive grid line-up this year.” This season’s further-developed tires allow even faster lap times. “During the official pre-season tests with the teams, we saw that our new tire specification reaches the optimum operating window faster at consistently fast lap times. It will certainly be interesting to see how the rookies and experienced F3 pilots are able to get the most out of the increased potential of our Ventus slicks,” explained Christophe Stucki, Hankook’s chief race engineer in Europe. This year, 30 drivers will compete in twelve teams for the title of the European championship. Hankook’s commitment to Europe’s most important feeder formula series underlines the company’s active support of talented youngsters and is also the effective expansion of its brand awareness in the world of top motor racing. - * Email

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Saint-Gobain Seals’ Rulon 1439 material certified as USP class VI compliant

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Paris, France - Life Sciences, Medical Equipment, Rulon MaterialsSaint-Gobain Seals’ Rulon 1439 material has achieved full USP Class VI certification, complying with stringent disposable and reusable medical device requirements. USP (United States Pharmacopeia) is an independent public health organization that promotes public health by establishing state-of-the-art standards, and USP Class VI compliance is often requested by end users such as medical device and pharmaceutical processing companies as it does provide added assurance for the quality and performance of utilized materials. USP defines six plastics classes from I to VI, with VI being the strictest. Tests are designed to assess the biological reactivity of various types of plastics materials in vivo, and therefore assign a USP Class. To meet the requirements for Class VI certification, a specific "in vitro" study (based on the USP General Chapter <87> biological reactivity test to determine potential cytotoxicity) and an "in vivo" study (under USP General Chapter <88> biological reactivity test) are conducted. Three in vivo tests are utilized in the classification of plastics: (1) Systemic Injection and (2) Intracutaneous tests are designed to determine the systemic and local biological responses to plastics and other polymers by a single dose injection of specific extracts prepared from a sample; and (3) Implantation test is designed to evaluate the reaction of living tissue to a test material. Rulon 1439 Materials, Saint-Gobain Seals Rulon 1439 material has also been certified as compliant for repeated contact with food or drugs for oral consumption under Title 21CFR §177.1550 of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). With these two certifications, the Rulon grade is ideal for use in the medical devices, pharmaceutical, food, and beverage processing industries. An example of a successful Rulon 1439 application is use within a metering pump of a kidney dialysis system. The metering pump requires a shaft seal that can (1) resist water which can cause premature wear, (2) resist flushing action of debris, (3) run against a ceramic shaft, and (4) meet regulatory requirements. A combination of the material’s composition and Saint-Gobain Seals’ manufacturing processes create a formable shaft seal with low friction and high chemical resistance, meeting the performance requirements of the metering pump and providing long wear life. Other popular applications of this Rulon material include utilization as bearings in mixers and compounding blenders. Additionally, the material is recommended in submerged applications as it is resistant to many harsh chemicals, and its white color is often preferred in pharmaceutical, food, and beverage applications. - * Email

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