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R.D. Abbott's full year expansion targets growth of technical service  

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cerritos, CA – This past fall, R.D. Abbott more than doubled the size of its testing laboratories in Cerritos, CA. Equipment enhancements included an “00C” internal mixer, a 40” compounding mill for scale-up work, as well as an advanced rheometer, tensometer, disperGrader, and an integrated lab management system from Alpha Technologies. In 2015, they also added Design and Development Laboratory Services to their ISO 9001:2008 accreditation and became members of the NACD Responsible Distribution environmental, health and safety program. R.D. Abbot's lab specializes in formulation development and optimization, dynamic mechanical analysis of rubber materials, process engineering assistance, product characterization and technical innovations. Here are a few of their collaborative innovations from this past year: Fully characterizing 14 grades of Dow Corning’s Xiameter RBL-2004 and Xiameter RBL-9200 series LSRs using a suite of chemorheology measurements; designing silicone formulations with a 3M fused silica filler that maintains physical properties and addresses OSHA’s 2016 final ruling regarding silicosis hazards of crystalline silica; developing an anti-static additive for Dow Corning LSR and high consistency silicone rubber products that helps finished silicone rubber articles stay clean and free of surface contamination; studying Cancarb’s Thermax N990 thermal carbon black in an EPDM dense body seal compound to reduce the electrical conductivity; developing two grades of TSE’s MillaMed Class VI medical-grade millable urethane compounds; lightweighting Dow Corning silicones to a specific gravity of less than 1.0 that meets the specifications for typical aerospace, automotive and transportation uses, while still maintaining the material’s high strength and dynamic mechanical properties; optimizing bonding platinum cure or peroxide cure LSR, fluorosilicone, and high consistency silicone rubber using Lord’s new IMB (in-mold bolding) technologies to thermoplastics resulting in rubber tearing bonds. R.D. Abbott Company, Inc., is 100 percent focused on elastomer technology and its commitment to providing premium polymers, exceptional technical support and reliable customer service to fabricators, OEMs, design firms, contract manufacturers and tool makers. This targeted focus has resulted in a full year of expansion at R.D. Abbott to support the growing needs of its customers and supplier partners. A new video provides a quick overview of their comprehensive technical services. It can be viewed at www.rdabbott.com/lab. - * Email

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H.B. Fuller finalizes the purchase of Advanced Adhesives  

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

St. Paul, MN - H.B. Fuller Company announced that it has finalized the previously announced purchase of Advanced Adhesives, a provider of industrial adhesives in Australia and New Zealand. The addition of this business will enable H.B. Fuller to strengthen its industrial adhesives market position and leverage a broader technology portfolio in both Australia and New Zealand. "With this acquisition, we gain local market expertise and manufacturing capabilities to complement our strong network in the Asia Pacific region," said Heather Campe, vice president, Asia Pacific, H.B. Fuller. "H.B. Fuller will work closely with the Advanced Adhesives team to further enhance partnerships with regional customers and to develop, produce and sell new and better products in Australia and New Zealand." Serving a wide range of industries, including consumer packaged goods, woodworking and product assembly applications, the Advanced Adhesives business generated approximately $17 million in revenue for the 2015 fiscal year. Based in Sydney and Auckland, this new business will be included in H.B. Fuller's Asia Pacific operating segment. - * Email

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Wacker presents three new silicone adhesives at EWMA in Bremen  

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Munich, Germany - At the 26th conference of the European Wound Management Association (EWMA), Wacker, the Munich-based chemical company, is presenting three new silicone adhesives: Silpuran 2114, Silpuran 2122 and Silpuran 2142. These silicone gels, which were unveiled at the SAWC show in Atlanta, GA, are designed for the production of adhesive layers as used in traditional wound-dressing and tape products. All three silicone gels adhere strongly to the skin without sticking to the wounds, and they can be peeled off painlessly without leaving a residue. The EWMA conference takes place in Bremen, Germany, from May 11 to 13. Wacker continues to expand its range of silicone adhesives and is now offering products with high adhesive strength in the form of Silpuran 2114, Silpuran 2122 and Silpuran 2142. The new adhesives adhere strongly enough to be used in adhesive plasters, dressing retention materials and other traditional wound dressing products as well as in medical, sport and therapeutic tapes. Applications such as these have not been possible with silicone adhesives before. The three new adhesive types are two-component, colorless and transparent silicone gels that crosslink via a platinum-catalyzed addition reaction to form soft, highly flexible materials with an elastic, gel-like consistency. The flexibility of the silicone, together with its low surface energy, ensures that a bond develops between the crosslinked gel and the skin, while at the same time the elasticity allows the adhesive layer to be peeled off easily, leaving no residues. Silpuran 2114, Silpuran 2122 and Silpuran 2142 offer such a good balance of resilience and elasticity that they have a significantly stronger adhesive force than the silicone adhesives which have been available until now. Graded adhesion, the three new products chiefly differ according to their viscosity and adhesion properties. The strongest adhesion, with a value of 7.5 newton per inch, measured by the 90 degree peel test for peeling from a stainless steel test plate, is achieved by Silpuran 2142. In the uncrosslinked state, this product is as viscous as honey. It is especially suitable for manufacturing stoma care products. The principal applications of Silpuran 2122 are traditional adhesive plasters as well as medical, sport and therapeutic tapes. The product shows an adhesive strength of 5.5 newtons per inch. Silpuran 2114 offers the lowest adhesive strength, i.e., 3.5 newtons per inch. The viscosity of this product lies between that of the other new adhesive gels. Silpuran 2114 is ideal for producing modern wound dressings which, thanks to the improved adhesion, offer extended wear time. Silpuran silicones have a successful track record of many years in wound dressings for treating chronic and large-area wounds. They are extremely gentle when adhering to the skin, and make changing dressings painless and atraumatic. The three new silicone adhesive gels are therefore also suitable for applications as traditional plasters and dressing retention products. Silpuran 2114, Silpuran 2122 and Silpuran 2142 do not contain either plasticizers or stabilizers. The cured products, which are water-repellent, have the properties typical of silicones: They remain soft and flexible between -50 and +200° Celsius, are chemically stable and aging resistant, and can be sterilized with ethylene oxide. They also have a water-repellent surface, but are permeable to water vapor and gases, creating an optimum milieu for wounds to heal. Sulpuran silicones from Wacker have passed selected tests for biocompatibility according to ISO 10993 and U.S. Pharmacopeia Class VI. Like all Silpuran products, the three new silicone adhesives are manufactured in accordance with Wacker’s in-house clean operations standard, and are dispensed and packaged under cleanroom conditions. Visit Wacker at the EWMA Conference 2016 in Hall 5, Booth C23. - * Email

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Cooper Tire teams with National Organizations for Youth Safety to promote teen driver safety  

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Findlay, OH - The Cooper Tire & Rubber Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Cooper Tire, announced a new partnership with the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) to promote driver and tire safety among teens and young adults, ages 15 to 25. Adopting this effort as a signature cause to which the majority of its philanthropic dollars and employee volunteerism efforts will be committed, Cooper joins NOYS in the launch of the new program dubbed “Tread Wisely.” The company made the announcement in conjunction with May’s Global Youth Traffic Safety Month, an initiative that brings together organizations around the world who seek to reduce risks for the youngest drivers on streets, roads and highways. At the center of “Tread Wisely” is a tire character who delivers important safety information with a dose of humor and a positive, proactive approach designed to appeal to teens and young adults. The program will involve young people in the process of educating and motivating their peers to take important safety measures. Such efforts are a centerpiece for NOYS, which is a nonprofit organization with a mission to build partnerships that save lives, prevent injuries and promote safe lifestyles among youth while encouraging empowerment and leadership. Working with government agencies, corporations and nonprofit organizations, NOYS reaches more than 11 million young people who are part of dozens of youth organizations across the United States and in other nations around the globe. “Insulated by tons of metal and glass, it’s easy for young drivers to feel invincible behind the wheel,” said Cooper Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Roy Armes. “Motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of death for teens and young adults worldwide, and this must change. In a survey of Cooper employees worldwide, our people overwhelmingly said that our number one cause as a company should be addressing this problem. Cooper is committed, working with NOYS, to tackling this effort in a way that makes a real difference. As a leading innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tires worldwide, Cooper is in a position to have a strong, positive influence and get the right information out to young people. When it comes to preventing car crashes, we must share with young people that what you know about tires and how you treat them is just as important as how your tires are made. We’re telling young drivers that no matter where they are headed or who they are with, when everyone approaches safe driving from the tires on up, the roads will be safer for all of us. And, we’re doing this in a way that is lively, upbeat and positive, which we think is highly relatable to our audience,” he concluded. “NOYS is thrilled to work with Cooper on this critical issue through such a creative campaign. Tire and driver safety messages are practical and powerful, with the potential for saving lives and reducing injury among those most at risk,” said Anita Boles, chief executive officer of NOYS. “We look forward to engaging youth and teaching them to ‘tread wisely’ on the road.” “My friends and I always pay attention to when we are running low on gas and when we need to get our next oil change," said Anastacia Prox, a junior at Trumbull Career & Technical Center in Warren, OH. "But what about our tires and tire maintenance? That is something that can be easily overlooked, but it's very important. This program reminds us of how important our tires actually are and offers a new and exciting way to learn more about them!" In its initial stages, “Tread Wisely” will focus primarily on three key activities: Development and launch of an app targeted to deliver information and utility programs related to tire and driver safety to young people. The app is in development and is expected to be launched within the 2016-2017 school year. It will be made available in English and Spanish; Youth activation and Cooper employee volunteer efforts to be held at high schools and other venues will involve young people in promoting three tire safety basics: checking inflation pressure, assessing tread depth and checking the overall condition of tires. Challenges will engage youth in competitions to creatively encourage peer-to-peer education surrounding messages about taking responsibility for personal safety as well as the safety of others; A Tire and Driver Safety Pavilion sponsored by Cooper will be a focal point of the NOYS Interactive Lab to be held in Washington, D.C., as a kickoff for National Teen Driver Safety Week, which begins Oct. 17. The event offers high school students a unique, hands-on opportunity to learn about a variety of safety topics, including tire and driver safety, distracted driving prevention, and sharing the road with commercial vehicles, among others. The students take what they’ve learned back to their peers, a process that will involve Cooper employee volunteers for support on site at schools. More information is available at www.TreadWisely.org. Follow “Tread Wisely” on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at www.facebook.com/treadwisely1, www.instagram.com/treadwisely1 and www.twitter.com/treadwisely1. - * Email

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Continental is introducing the Legacy line of industrial hose at NAHAD conference  

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Colorado Springs, CO - Continental is introducing the Legacy line of industrial hose to the North American market and distributors attending the National Association for Hose and Accessories Distribution (NAHAD) conference. Included in the Legacy line are seven hoses and a water-saving nozzle that will complement the current portfolio of ContiTech NAFTA division that is part of global technology company Continental. “This is an extension of our growth plans,” said Randy Kish, manager, distributor marketing for Continental’s industrial hose and hydraulics business, “And these products, along with our existing lines, will give our distributors and their customers a more complete offering of food and beverage hoses.” The Legacy line hoses are Aquapal, for potable water applications; Purple Snake, a brewery hose; Collector, for dairy processing; Conti Chem Superior FEP, for most chemicals; DAMPF Trix 6000, a steam hose; Laptopal, for food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics; Unitrix 60 and 80, resistant to oil, UV, grease and chemicals; And the Dinga water saving nozzle. In addition to the Legacy line introduction, Continental also is using the NAHAD forum to remind its distributors and the market of its expanding support of the growing requirements of the food and beverage industry. “We already have had success with our current offerings,” said Kish. In the industrial hose area, those products include water hose, beverage transfer, Microban food hose and in hydraulics they include the recently announced Constant Pressure hydraulic hoses as well as crimpers, fittings and constantly upgraded abrasion resistant cover technology. “The food and beverage industry is a very popular and growing market,” said Kish. “With the addition of the Legacy line coupled with our ever-improving North American lines, we believe we are poised to meet and exceed any fluid systems needs well into the future.” - * Email

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Yokohama and Sullivan Tire to partner with KaBOOM! on playground build  

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Santa Ana, CA - It will be playtime this summer for thousands of kids in Rockland, MA, as a brand-new, eco-friendly playground is built on their behalf at Hartsuff Park come June 25. Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) has identified the town as the site for the one-day build, part of its partnership commitment with KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive. Yokohama and KaBOOM! will be joined by Sullivan Tire Co., the Rockland Park Department, Town of Rockland; Play Areas for Rockland Kids (P.A.R.K.) and approximately 200 volunteers from the community in erecting the playground. “We’re honored to work with Paul Sullivan and the Sullivan Tire team on this playground build, which will bring kids in Rockland a fun, safe place to play,” said Alan Holtschneider, director of marketing for Yokohama. “Sullivan Tire has been a fixture in the area for more than 60 years and is known for constantly giving back to the community. This new playground will benefit kids and their families for years to come.” Yokohama, Sullivan Tire and KaBOOM! have already met with local parents and their children to help design the playground and pick out color schemes and equipment for the kids to play on, including new environmentally safe, “Cradle to Cradle”-certified playground apparatuses from Playworld Systems. “We’re grateful that Yokohama approached us with the opportunity to work with KaBOOM!,” said Paul Sullivan, vice president of marketing at Sullivan Tire. “Rockland was our choice for this build because it is the town that we were founded in and have called home for over 60 years. It is a community that is very near and dear to Sullivan Tire and we welcome the chance to give back to the families in the area whenever possible. We hope this playground will be a fun fixture for kids and families of all abilities within the community for years to come.” According to Allan Chiocca, Rockland town administrator, Rockland is happy to provide the land and Park Department resources for the new playground. “It will be a valuable addition to the recreation opportunities for children and families in Rockland.” P.A.R.K. has been busy recruiting volunteers to help design and build the playground. “We are excited to see the project come to fruition, and look forward to seeing the community come together to build the playground,” said Janelle Hussey, P.A.R.K. president. Holtschneider said another build with KaBOOM! will be announced in the future. YTC has a multi-channel partnership with the organization, which is also the charity recipient of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in Prattville, Alabama, May 5-8. All proceeds from the annual tournament will fund future playground builds to help kids get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity they need to become healthy and fit. “Yokohama and Sullivan Tire are truly committed to helping us reach our goal of bringing balanced and active play to kids,” said Lysa Ratliff, KaBOOM! vice president, corporate partnerships. “This will be a total team effort to help the community and its children.” - * Email

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