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AkzoNobel expands its Performance Coatings research facility in Houston  

Friday, July 3, 2015

Houston, TX - AkzoNobel Performance Coatings is investing around €3 million ($3.4 million) to expand its research and development facilities in Houston, TX. The upgraded facility will support the company’s Protective Coatings, Marine Coatings and Specialty Coatings businesses. Completion is due in early 2016. “The expanded facility will provide a central, state-of-the-art technical resource for our businesses in the U.S., creating the critical mass for effective R&D to efficiently support our customers,” said Aidan Mernin, RD&I director for Protective Coatings. The expanded facility will be able to house up to 35 laboratory staff, with 30 skilled technologists employed initially. Key capabilities will include a dedicated area for experimental paint making, a modern paint application laboratory and environmentally controlled drying areas for conditioning of test panels. Enhanced chemical resistance testing will also be available to support the Ceilcote and Enviroline linings ranges in North America. “This investment underlines our focus on technology and product innovation and providing technical support for our customers,” said Mauricio Bannwart, managing director of AkzoNobel’s Protective Coatings business. “It will be an integral part of our global RD&I function and will directly contribute to our overall growth plans.” - * Email

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9th Rubber & Tire Markets Summit outlines growth potential in Asian markets  

Friday, July 3, 2015

Jakarta, Indonesia - Slated to be an excellent platform for rubber and tire industry majors seeking growth in Asian markets, the one-and-a half day summit showcases country specific sessions on: ‘Indonesia Rubber & Tire Market Outlook & Updates’ shared by Mursosan Wiguna, human resources director, PT Synthetic Rubber Indonesia (SRI); an update on ‘Indian SBR market: Potential, Challenges and Future Outlook’ by Bishwajeet Bose, general manager- marketing, Indian Synthetic Rubber Ltd., and an address on its European venture by V Krishnaram, CEO and joint managing director, Emrald Resilient Tyre Manufacturers. Also on the agenda are papers on ‘Global Rubber & Tire Market Outlook’ by Gerard Stapleton, head of South-East Asian Research, LMC International and key analysis of ‘Butadiene Market Outlook’ by Andrew Lee Fagg, principal, Nexant Singapore. The expanding Asian tire market, rising demand for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, an imminent rubber surplus on the backdrop of volatile rubber prices and EU’s guidelines for tire manufacturers will steer discussions when who’s who of the rubber and tire industry meet at CMT’s 9th Rubber & Tire Markets, August, 19-20, 2015, in Jakarta. - * Email

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World automotive tire market calculated to reach $198.78 billion in value in 2015  

Friday, July 3, 2015

London, England - Vision Gain Global has released a new report that calculates the world market for automotive tires will reach $198.78 billion in 2015 and the market is a dynamic and fast changing business. The automotive tires market can broadly be divided into two divisions -original equipment tires fitted by the vehicle manufacturer at the factory and the replacement aftermarket. Tires fitted as original equipment naturally follow the global automotive business and the cyclical nature of this business. As new segments of vehicle become more popular new variations of tires are needed and this is one of the drivers of innovation. As vehicles such as sport utility vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles have gained in popularity each needs a slightly different tire with a different balance of performance characteristics. China has been the largest consumer of passenger cars in the world and therefore this market has become of critical importance for all tire manufacturers. In addition, China is now the world's largest producer of tires both to supply this home market and for export. - * Email

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Cooper Tire to announce second quarter results in August  

Friday, July 3, 2015

Findlay, OH - Cooper Tire & Rubber Company will announce second quarter 2015 financial results before the U.S. stock markets open on Thursday, August 6, 2015. Management will discuss the financial results on a conference call beginning at 10 a.m. EDT that day. Individuals may access a live webcast of the conference call at http://coopertire.com/Investors.aspx or at http://services.choruscall.com/links/ctb150806.html. Within two hours following the conference call, the webcast will be archived and available for 90 days at these websites. - * Email

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Durex Industries introduces molded foam silicone rubber heaters  

Friday, July 3, 2015

Cary, IL – Durex Industries, a leading North American designer and manufacturer of heaters, temperature sensors, controls and thermal systems, recently announced the product introduction of the Sentinel molded foam silicone rubber heater. In semiconductor equipment applications, Durex Industries’ Sentinel heaters offer the advances of improved thermal efficiency, higher process temperatures and reduced system cost. Durex Industries developed this patent-pending advanced heater technology, because semiconductor equipment industry engineers need thermal solutions that meet specifications for next generation manufacturing processes while reducing thermal system costs. Sentinel pump line heaters are available in standard I.D. size diameters of 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 4.0 and 6.0 inch straight sections, elbows, tees, reducers and flanges. The heaters can also be easily designed to the dimensions of valves, regulators, and other gas delivery and pump line components. Sentinel heaters are also available using structured silicone rubber heater and extruded silicone insulation technology. Structured heater technology is used in many small ¼ to ¾ inch diameter gas delivery line applications and complex low volume applications. - * Email

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IISRP counts Kuraray America Inc. and Thai Synthetic Rubbers as its two newest members  

Friday, July 3, 2015

Houston, TX - The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers, Inc. (IISRP) has elected Kuraray America Inc. and Thai Synthetic Rubbers as its newest producer members, both effective July 1, 2015. “We are extremely happy to announce the membership of Kuraray America and Thai Synthetic Rubbers as our newest producer members,” stated James L. McGraw, managing director and CEO of the IISRP. Kuraray America, headquartered in Houston with plant operations in Pasadena, TX, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kuraray Co. Ltd. of Japan. Dr. Brian Chapman will serve as their director to the IISRP and David Steinberg as his alternate. Kuraray Americas is a producer of SBCs. Thai Synthetic Rubbers Co., Ltd. (TSL), headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand, is a joint venture of Ube Industries of Japan, TSRC of Taiwan and Marubeni Corporation of Japan. Dr. Charunya Phichitkul will serve as their director to the IISRP, and Takashi Wada as his alternate. TSL produces BR in their facility at Map ta Phut, Rayong, Thailand. - * Email

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Book of the day - Fatigue, Stress and Strain of Rubber Components, by Judson Bauman  

Friday, July 3, 2015

Akron, OH - This book covers the fatigue testing of specimens, curve fitting of equations to the test data, and the use of such equations in life prediction. Topics include the nature of rubber, history of its usage, types of rubber in brief, manufacturing methods, and stress-strain testing and behavior. Also, the text covers the application of finite element analysis to components to determine high stress points that are vulnerable to fatigue failure. By Judson T. Bauman, hardcover, 214 pages, 140 figures, $130.00 plus shipping and handling. Click here to order. - * Email

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