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Preferred Compounding has acquired Wisconsin-based Trostel Ltd.  

Friday, December 2, 2016

Barberton, OH - Preferred Compounding (Preferred) has acquired Wisconsin-based Trostel Ltd. (Trostel). Trostel is comprised of two divisions, the custom rubber compounding business Trostel Compounding and the value-added specialty molding business Trostel Molding. The acquisition of Trostel expands Preferred’s mixing capacity, geographic reach and high performance compounding capabilities. Terms were not announced for the deal, which is effective December 1. Trostel has significant expertise in compounding and molding FKM, HNBR and other high-performance elastomers. The Trostel Compounding business in Wisconsin will be integrated into Preferred’s North American operations and the plant will operate as Preferred Compounding - Whitewater. Trostel Molding will retain the Trostel brand-name and continue its current operations as a standalone division of Preferred. “Trostel is a high-value added company that shares our commitment to consistent quality, technical excellence and high levels of customer service,” said Ken Bloom, Preferred president and CEO. “This acquisition is a perfect fit for us to expand our geographic reach and our ability to comprehensively serve our customers.” Preferred is the second largest custom rubber compounder in North America with mixing operations in Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Mexico and now Wisconsin. Other recent growth initiatives include signing a lease in October for a second building in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and bringing online a second Farrel F-270 at its Tennessee operation in February, doubling capacity at that plant. Preferred and Trostel Compounding supply proprietary and custom mixed rubber compounds and components for automotive, industrial, oil and gas and other markets. The Whitewater plant mixes advanced polymers including FFKM, FKM, HNBR, AEM – Vamac, ACM, ECO, XNBR, CR, EPDM and more. Also like Preferred, Trostel has a staff of chemists and material engineers and provides significant value-added services including polymer selection, compound development and testing and manufacturing setup support. Quarton International advised Trostel. - * Email

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Amyris signs multi-year collaboration extension with Kuraray  

Friday, December 2, 2016

Emeryville, CA - Amyris, Inc. announced that it has executed with its long-time partner Kuraray Co. a multi-year extension to their collaboration agreement for the use of Amyris's Biofene branded ß-Farnesene in liquid farnesene rubber (LFR) and farnesene-based elastomer applications. This collaboration, which originally began in 2011, features increased farnesene supply to Kuraray and joint marketing of products to industry and end-customers. Amyris's sugar cane-derived Biofene forms the basis for a wide range of products varying from specialty products such as cosmetics, perfumes, detergents and industrial lubricants, to transportation fuels such as diesel and jet fuel. As a tailor made pure hydrocarbon it provides numerous advantages when compared to petroleum-based oils and chemicals and is renewable, contributing to a sustainable future. Kuraray's recent technological successes with rubber containing farnesene includes an enhanced synthetic additive for tire manufacturers. Its novel LFR and other farnesene-containing rubber materials add substantial grip and cornering capability to tires, particularly in cold, snow and ice conditions. In addition, its hydrogenated styrenic-farnesene copolymer (HSFC) has demonstrated superior shock absorption in products ranging from footwear to specialty construction materials. "We are delighted to extend our relationship with Kuraray," said John Melo, CEO of Amyris. "Introducing a novel molecule to industry requires patience and creativity. However, Kuraray's technical expertise and customer relationships have reached the point where their products are now becoming mainstream and this, in turn, is fueling further broadening market adoption of our farnesene for a variety of products." "Kuraray has many years' experience working with farnesene, which we believe has many end-market applications," said Kenichi Abe, president of Kuraray's Isoprene business. "Our collaboration with Amyris and their breakthrough-ability to produce farnesene at industrial scale, and at competitive price, enables Kuraray to provide its customers products with superior performance and that are renewably sourced." - * Email

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Indian rubber production rise drives price reversal, Indian rubber now cheaper  

Friday, December 2, 2016

Kochi, India - The New India Express reports, "The rubber import story in India will soon get a new script. The practice so far was domestic rubber price was higher, which encouraged industries to import latex in huge numbers. A trend reversal is happening now. The overseas price of rubber of Rs 10 per kg is costlier than Indian prices for the past one week. With duties, the import cost of rubber is now Rs 170/kg, whereas the Indian price is Rs 130 per kg. But a shortfall in the northeast monsoon now remains a concern. According to industry players, it will reduce production which will be visible from January. “Due to demonetization, there will be a 30-40 percent fall in tire sales in the country. This may slow down the sector. But now Indian rubber prices are cheaper, and hence it will be good for growers. The long term story of rubber is intact,” Tomy Abraham, president, Indian Rubber Dealers Federation, said. Natural rubber production increased 15 percent to 60,000 metric tons in October, and the consumption grew four percent to 86,000 metric tons, according to Rubber Board data. “Production and consumption stood at 52,000 metric tons and 82,650 metric tons, respectively, in the year-ago month. Imports of natural rubber went up three percent to 44,520 metric tons in October. During the April-October period of 2016-17, production increased nearly 11 percent in the corresponding period of the previous year,” says the board. “Base effect is coming into play and a real increase in production is yet to be felt. Moreover, there are disruptions in arrivals of new stock due to demonetization. So availability of natural rubber continues to be a concern, even though production has gone up,” said Rajiv Budhraja, director general, Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ATMA), adding that the increase in natural rubber imports during April-October period is affecting the growers." - * Email

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Thermoplastic elastomers market size is set to reach $20.65 billion by 2023  

Friday, December 2, 2016

Ocean View, DE - Global Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE) market size was 4.19 million tons in 2015 as per a report by Global Market Insights, Inc. Increasing application scope in the medical, automotive and consumer goods industries owing to favorable regulatory compliance is a potential stimulating factor to drive industry growth. The thermoplastic elastomers market size is set to reach $20.65 billion by 2023. Superior physical and chemical properties compared to thermosets in structural applications should positively influence TPE consumption in industrial applications. TPE processing allows compounds to be reheated, reshaped or frozen repeatedly, eliminating waste and promoting recyclability. These diverse characteristics are promoting TPE to be utilized in numerous applications across several fields. SBC market size dominated the demand and was valued at $6.22 billion in 2015. Medical equipment, packaging and consumer goods were the major applications. Recyclability and enhanced product benefits are a few major driving features. The TPV market is set to attain the highest gains, growing at a 5.8 percent CAGR up to 2023. Growing demand from industries including automotive, consumer goods and medical is owing to rising sustainable products demand and increased consumer per capita income. Automotive industry expansion accompanied by a rising trend to reduce vehicle weight to attain high fuel efficiency are expected factors to positively influence the TPE market size. Government efforts to control GHG and carbon emission are persuading government to reduce dependency on PVC and impose stringent regulations which may fuel the TPE market size growth. High performance, soft feel, easy coloring and aesthetic appeal are promising features to use TPE in electronic and electrical applications. They are also bad conductors of electricity and provide insulation against heat along with resistance to chemicals and UV, leading to rising applications in electrical connections while building residential or functional complexes. Mobile phone case covers and connectors are major products. Packaging and covering electrical circuits in construction and infrastructure industries are other key applications. Growing flexible electronic components demand and global consumer electronics industry expansion should enhance industry growth. Major raw materials including ionomers and styrenic copolymers are largely dependent on petrochemicals; volatility in petrochemical prices may affect the thermoplastic elastomer market price trend. The global TPE market size is estimated to reach 6 million tons by 2023, with estimated gains at 4.6 percent CAGR. Growing environmental consciousness accompanied by rise in middle class disposable income has led to end-use industry expansion, hence fueling TPE demand. APAC, led by Japan and China thermoplastic elastomers market size, was dominated the regional industry and generated $5 billion in 2015; favorable government policies and monetary framework encouraging private investments are expected factors influencing regional demand. The China TPU market size may observe 6.3 percent CAGR and register over $515 million by 2023. Automotive OEMs preference to shift the manufacturing base to China and India owing to low capital investment, skilled labor and economical raw material availability are potential reasons driving regional industry growth. North America thermoplastic elastomers market size accounted for over 27 percent of the overall demand and is mainly driven by EPA regulations to promote eco-friendly products and increasing consumption in vehicle manufacturing. MEA, led by Saudi Arabia and UAE, may grow significantly, growing at a 4.9 percent CAGR up to 2023. Increase in construction spending, rising electronic goods demand accompanied by raw material availability are potential factors to foster regional demand. The TPE market share is fairly consolidated, major industry players catered to around 40 percent of the global demand in 2015. Dow, LyondellBasell, BASF and Kraton Polymers are among notable industry participants. - * Email

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Book of the Day: Chemical Resistance Guide for Elastomers IV  

Friday, December 2, 2016

Akron, OH - Rubber World is offering the newly updated Chemical Resistance Guide for Elastomers IV, a concise guide to chemical and environmental resistance of rubber and elastomeric compounds when exposed to various hostile media.
Now 50 rubber and elastomeric compounds are examined in more than 100,000 combinations with corrodents, including 3,000 liquid or dry chemicals, gases, lubricants, household fluids, foods and other environments.
In addition, mechanical and physical properties of the materials are covered, including specific rates of deterioration, time and temperature for selected compounds.
All data are compiled in an easy to find matrix format, with corrodents listed in alphabetical order. 500+ chemical trade names are covered, with synonyms listed for more than 1,000 chemicals, gases, etc., and indexed to corresponding page numbers.
Here are just a few of the many features that will help you on the job... 3,000+ liquid or dry chemicals, gases, lubricants, household fluids, foods and other environments are covered. 500+ chemical trade names are covered. Corrodents are listed in alphabetical order. Data are presented in symbolic format (A, B, C, NR) with some data at specific rates of deterioration, time and temperature. Where known chemical resistance varies with concentration and temperature, data are presented in descending order of concentration and temperatures. Mechanical, physical and electrical properties data for each elastomer compound are provided. Printed on semigloss 70 pound plastic coated bond paper to last several years of use. Case bound hardcover smythe sewn. 780 pages, 12% NEW DATA!
You can purchase your Chemical Resistance Guide for Elastomers IV from the Rubber World book store or download our PDF form and fax/mail us your order or by calling us at (330)-864-2122. Prices for US are $243 plus shipping and internationally $293 which includes shipping. - * Email

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