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BASF breaks ground on second phase of its Innovation Campus in Shanghai

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ludwigshafen, Germany- BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, broke ground on the second phase of its Innovation Campus Asia Pacific at its Pudong site in Shanghai, China. The €90 million expansion consists of an additional regional research and development (R&D) building and auxiliary facilities and it will be completed by the end of 2015. “By 2020, around 25% of BASF’s R&D employees will be located in Asia Pacific. The expansion reinforces BASF’s commitment to globalizing its R&D activities and capturing growth opportunities in China and Asia Pacific,” said Dr. Andreas Kreimeyer, member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE and Research Executive Director. The Innovation Campus is BASF’s most important R&D center in the region and is expected to become one of its largest R&D sites outside of Germany. With the expansion, BASF’s regional research capabilities will be further strengthened, focusing primarily on advanced materials and systems as well as adding new areas such as formulations and chemical process and engineering serving growth industries such as automotive, construction, health and nutrition, and home and personal care. “The Innovation Campus Asia Pacific in Shanghai has proven to be an effective platform that not only responds quickly to market needs in China and Asia Pacific, but also connects BASF with the science community in Asia Pacific. The enthusiasm for innovation among our colleagues, customers and partners is the cornerstone of solutions for a sustainable future in the region,” said Dr. Martin Brudermüller, Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE, responsible for Asia Pacific. Eighteen months after its inauguration, the Innovation Campus Asia Pacific has strengthened BASF’s position as the preferred innovation partner for customers in the region, for example from the construction, automotive, paint and coatings, home and personal care and packaging industries. Leveraging local market insights and BASF’s strong global R&D network, the teams focus on innovative solutions to address the market needs in various industries across the region. For example, the world’s first co-extrudable Ultradur® (polybutylene terephthalate) for the reinforcement of thermally insulated polyvinyl chloride (PVC) window profile, was developed together with Dalian Shide Group. Steel in a PVC window profile is replaced with co-extrudable Ultradur to provide high strength but lightweight reinforcement with mechanical properties required to withstand strong winds and excellent thermal insulation, which enables energy-efficient construction. In Asia, in addition to the Innovation Campus in Shanghai, BASF also has R&D centers in Japan, Singapore and Korea. An Innovation Campus in India is also planned. BASF increased global spending on research and development to €1.8 billion in 2013 (2012: €1.7 billion), with around 10,650 scientists and researchers working in 3,000 research projects. With 1,300 patents filed last year and about 151,000 registrations and intellectual property rights worldwide, BASF is at the top of the global Patent Asset Index for the fifth time in succession. - * Email

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Yokohama breaks ground on new marine products plant

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tokyo,Japan ‒ The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced that it held a groundbreaking ceremony in June for its new marine products plant at the Kabil Integrated Industrial Estate near the east coast of Indonesia’s Batam Island. The ceremony was sponsored by the company's new local subsidiary, PT Yokohama Industrial Products Manufacturing Indonesia (President: Shuichi Toriumi), which was established in April this year. Guests of honour included the chief of the Batam Indonesia Free Zone Authority, Mr. Mustofa Widjaja. Construction is scheduled to be completed in July 2015. Demand for marine products made by YOKOHAMA Rubber, such as marine hoses and fenders, used in the handling and transferring of crude oil at sea, is rising steadily along with expanding global demand for petroleum products. As one of the world's leading producers of such products, YOKOHAMA is constructing this new plant with the aim of increasing its market share as it responds to burgeoning global demand. Indonesia’s Batam Island was selected as the site for the new plant because it is located just 20 km from Singapore, Asia's largest hub port, providing superior access to international distribution routes. In addition, the location is expected to enhance cost competitiveness. YOKOHAMA Rubber currently produces its marine products in Japan. Upon completion, the new plant will provide the marine products group with a two plant production structure that will enable it to expand production by 50%. - * Email

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Engel Automation Group expands capabilities

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

York, PA - ENGEL North America, member of the ENGEL group, a world leader in the design and manufacture of injection molding machines and parts-handling automation, has expanded the Automation Group at their York, PA headquarters -- adding five staff members -- to provide customers with a one-stop source for all their automation needs. The group, under General Manager Automation/Robotics Jay Sachania, provides automation solutions that include such services as mechanical, electrical and software engineering, conceptual through final system design, and full system integration. From simple pick and place operation through fully automated cells including upstream and downstream automation, the group has the skills and expertise to create and supply the best solution to fit your requirements. With the goal of increasing services for their customers, ENGEL has expanded the capabilities of their Automation Group with the addition of several key, industry experienced, personnel: Tom Bieber has been appointed Automation Systems Manager. He spent the last 12 years owning/operating an automation systems integration company, and has a total of 30 years experience in the automation industry with companies including Bell & Howell, Electron Energy Corporation and New Concept Technology. Tom holds five US patents in Automation Technology. Steven Horn, experienced in project management and engineering, is the new Automation Project Manager. Tom has worked for companies including Boeing, GE and ES3, and comes to ENGEL with over 30 years experience in manufacturing and distribution. Mechanical Engineer Brian Dombroski has 20 years experience in injection molding industry. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Plastic & Polymer Engineering Technology from the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Software Engineer Rob Benner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Pennsylvania College of Technology, and has 7 years experience in Programming, Data & Test Systems. Stephen Campbell has accepted the position of Project Engineer. Stephen is a graduate of Electro Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University. - * Email

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Kent Elastomer earns SQF certification

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kent, OH - Kent Elastomer Products, Inc., a manufacturer of tubing and assembled components for the food and beverage industry, has earned a Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 1 Certification under the Global Food Safety Edition 7.1 for its facility in Mogadore, Ohio. Recognized globally, the SQF certification program is managed by the Food Marketing Institute to validate the existence of food safety and quality standards during the manufacturing process. It includes facility inspections, recordkeeping reviews, employee practices and the development of a quality control program. Seeking SQF certification is not mandatory, but demonstrates the commitment of Kent Elastomer to operate at the highest standards for quality control and safety. Kent Elastomer worked with Eagle Certification Group, an independent auditing company specializing in food safety, to pursue the certification. “Securing this certification required a huge chunk of time and a great deal of effort, which speaks to its value for this company and the food and beverage customers we serve,” Kent Elastomer President Bob Oborn said. “The dedication shown by our employees proves their commitment to providing safe, top quality products for food and beverage dispensing. I am proud of what we have accomplished here.” - * Email

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Cambodia sees 91 percent rise in dry rubber exports

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Phnom, Penh, Cambodia - Cambodia has seen a 91 percent rise in dry rubber exports in the first half of 2014 as revenue from the exports increased only 3 percent due to global decline of rubber prices. During the January-June period this year, the country exported 42,190 tons of dry rubber, up 91 percent from 22,120 tons over the same period last year, the latest figures from the Ministry of Commerce showed Monday. The revenue from the exports was 75 million U.S. dollars during the first half of this year, up merely 3 percent from 73 million U. S. over the same period last year, the figures said. Heng Sreng, chairman of Long Sreng International Co., Ltd. and owner of Boeung Ket Rubber Plantation, said the prices of natural rubber have steadily declined in recent years. A ton of dry rubber was sold at 1,800 U.S. dollars this month, down 28 percent from about 2,500 U.S. dollars in July last year. Cambodian rubber has been sold to China, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and some European countries. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the Southeast Asian nation has planted rubber trees on the area of about 330,000 hectares in which some 60,000 hectares are old enough to be yielded. - * Email

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Sri Lanka to host Global Rubber Conference in October

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka has been selected to host the Global Rubber Conference (GRC) 2014, the three-day international event from 27 to 30 October in Colombo. Co-organised by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEBD) and CONFEXHUB, GRC 2014 is supported by the International Rubber Research Development Board (IRRDB) and over 20 global government agencies and associations. From the local side the event will be supported by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the Ministry of Plantation Industries. The event will bring together 700 experts and delegates of whom 500 will be foreign delegates representing over 25 countries and the remaining 200 will be from Sri Lanka. It will be addressed by 18 eminent guest speakers who represent government agencies, rubber research bodies, rubber associations and commercial companies. Last year the event was hosted in Palembang, Indonesia Themed ‘Sowing the Seeds for Sustainable Future’, the high calibre forum is expected to serve as a platform for various industry players in the rubber industry to gain further insights on the major challenges and opportunities within the industry, both in a local and global context. (ST/KH) - * Email

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Rubber Division, ACS is offering discounts for online courses and books

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Akron, OH - The Rubber Division, ACS is offering $50 off their online courses and 10 percent off all books through August 15, 2014. SPECIAL OFFER through August 15, 2014 - $50 off our online courses with Promo Code: Course-50 *Enter promo code upon check-out when registering. ONLINE COURSES - Basic Rubber Technology - Intermediate Rubber Technology - Advanced Rubber Technology Reminder about their upcoming courses. Educational Symposium (10/13-15) during our International Elastomer Conference at the Nashville Convention Center, Nashville, TN: - Introduction to Rubber Technology for Non-Technologists - Internal Mixers and Mixing Parameters - Colorants for Use in Rubber - Rubber as an Engineering Material - Introduction to Performance Minerals and Mineral Fillers in Rubber Compounding - Rubber Recycling & Applications - Cure Chemistry for Rubber Introduction To Rubber Processing UMASS - Lowell - November 13; 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Course includes a tour of the Emerging Technology & Innovation Center and admission to the New England Rubber & Plastics Group meeting on-site. - * Email

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