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International Elastomer Conference continues today; Get Involved session held

10/20/2020 -

Akron, OH - The International Elastomer Conference continues today and participants can still ...

ARDL expands rubber testing capabilities to include SAE J1402

10/20/2020 - Akron, OH - Akron Rubber Development Laboratory, Inc. (ARDL) has expanded its rubber testing capabilities to include SAE J1402, Section 8, flexural testing for elastomeric air brake hose. The air brake assembly specification is utilized by hose and fittings manufacturers to meet service requirements for products crimped in the field and exposed to temperature ranges between -40°C and +100°C. The test set-up, developed in house by ARDL engineering staff, provides testing specific to SAE J1402, Section 8, flexural tests, and ARDL also provides the required 168-hour pre-exposure to high temperature aging and salt spray. ARDL’s set-up is capable of 1,000,000 cycle flex testing and allows for air pressure to be cycled through the elastomeric hose. Samples can be flexed from center stroke position up to 75 mm either side of center, while cyclin...

TA Instruments introduces multi-sample Discovery X3 differential scanning calorimeter

10/20/2020 - New Castle, DE – TA Instruments introduced a new addition to the Discovery differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) suite: Discovery X3 DSC. This revolutionary multi-sample X3 DSC incorporates patented Fusion Cell and Tzero technologies to deliver industry-leading performance for up to three samples simultaneously. The demand for the development of high-performance materials is increasing rapidly throughout many industries. New materials require considerable testing and these tests significantly extend the development and validation timelines. Traditional DSCs are limited to analyzing a single sample during an experiment which may, depending upon the method, require several minutes to many hours. Temperature modulating DSC (MDSC) experiments, which are used to determine material properties or explore material stability and compatibility, t...

Department of Commerce delays publication of results of anti-dumping investigation into light tires from Korean, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan

10/20/2020 - Washington, D.C. - On June 22, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) initiated less-than-fair-value (LTFV) investigations of imports of passenger vehicle and light truck tires (passenger tires) from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Currently, the preliminary determinations are due no later than November 9. On October 1, the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC (the petitioner) submitted a timely request that Commerce postpone the preliminary determinations in these LTFV investigations. The petitioner stated that it requests postponement due to the complexity of selecting the mandatory respondents and obtaining initial and supplemental questionnaire responses. Under the current timeline, the petitioner believes that Commerce will not hav...

Yokohama Rubber unifies off-highway tire operations under global entity

10/20/2020 - Tokyo, Japan - The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced that it will consolidate its various off-highway businesses into one single entity. This will include Alliance Tire Group (ATG), which Yokohama bought four years ago, and Yokohama’s off-the-road (OTR) tire businesses across the globe. This new entity, named Yokohama Off-Highway Tires (OHT), will have a global footprint with a leadership team distributed between Tokyo, Boston, Amsterdam and Mumbai. Yokohama Rubber’s current medium-term management plan, the Grand Design 2020 (GD2020), includes a commercial tire strategy that targets “positioning commercial tires as a pillar of growth in our second century and off-highway tires as a growth driver.” This consolidation will result in a closer integration of Yokohama Rubber's brand power, high quality and global sales network with ATG's hi...

Davis-Standard presents free webinar on Evolution and Advancements in Technology

10/20/2020 - Pawcatuck, CT - Davis-Standard is presenting a free webinar, Evolution and Advancements in Technology: Opportunities to Improve Existing Equipment, on October 27 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada). During this 45-minute webinar, participants will gain perspective on options for rebuilding and/or updating existing converting and extrusion technology to address obsolescence, improve performance and boost functionality. From drive and PLC systems to temperature control and safety devices, learn about the value of equipment evaluation, benefits of upgrading and services to justify the investment. Andrew Alaya, director of Davis-Standard aftermarket system sales, will review before and after case studies, and post-upgrade advantages such as capacity increase, application diversification, new structures for existing applications, cost...

IMCD U.S. opens headquarters in greater Cleveland area

10/20/2020 - Westlake, OH – IMCD N.V. (IMCD), a leading distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients, announced the opening of its new U.S. headquarters in Westlake, OH, a suburb of Cleveland. The company debuts its new location to accommodate its expanding business, invest in its people and future growth, plus complement the company's global digitalization initiatives to better serve its markets across the U.S. "I am proud to announce the opening of the new IMCD U.S. headquarters," said Thomas Van Valkenburgh, president, IMCD U.S. "It was created to enable employees in their quest to drive excellence as we serve both our principals and customer partners. This is not just a new office space, but a modern work environment carefully designed to inspire collaboration, galvanize partnerships and encourage entrepreneurship." Safety was at the forefr...

MonTech’s MCool -40°C chiller option increases range for low temperature RPA testing

10/20/2020 - Columbia City, IN - MonTech introduces the MCool -40°C, an advanced external liquid cooling system for use in the D-RPA 3000 and MDR 3000 Professional. "It is perfect for testing where extreme low temperatures are required, approaching glass transition temperature." said Spencer Bagan, National Sales and Marketing Manager of MonTech USA. Applications for the MCool -40°C include testing for the production of raw materials and polymers, such as outdoor and automotive materials, as well as many others. The system works in conjunction with the pneumatic cooling system and cools both dies individually, reaching temperatures as low as -40°C (-40°F). This patented cooling system serves as an addition to the instrument’s temperature control, leaving the existing heating system in the dies unchanged and fully operational. All instruments equi...

Market Reports

Brazil automotive tire market is projected to reach $2.05 billion by 2027

10/15/2020 - Sao Palo, Brazil - According to a recent report published by Allied Market Research, titled, “Brazil Automotive Tire Market by Season Type, Rim Size, Vehicle Type and Distribution Channel: Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2020–2027,” the Brazil automotive tire market was valued at $1.87 billion in 2019, and is projected to reach $2.05 billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 4.5%. Tires are a ring shaped component which surrounds the wheel rim and is used to transfer the load of the vehicle to the ground thereby reducing the load on the axle of the vehicle. Tires used in a vehicle offer traction to the surface of the road thus allowing the vehicle to move forward. Also tires used in an automobile provides flexible cushion due to its pneumatically inflated structure which absorbs shock as the tire rolls over the surface. The ad... (read more)

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