Todays News

Bridgestone to invest ¥10.2 billion in cutting-edge equipment at Shimonoseki plant

The equipment will be installed together with new infrastructure that will further contribute to the Group’s implementation of its Sustainability Business Framework roadmap, which entails linking its initiatives for recycling resources and contributing to the realization of a carbon neutral society with its business model. Specifically, solar power generation equipment will be installed to increase the portion of the Shimonoseki Plant’s electricity generated from renewable energy, reducing CO2 emissions and environmental impacts.

Milliken & Company appoints Cindy Boiter as executive vice president and chemical division president

Boiter joined Milliken’s Chemical Division in 2012 as marketing, strategy and business development director and progressed to become the division’s CFO, where she played an integral role in its rapid growth. In 2018, she transitioned to Milliken’s chief strategy officer, where she led the company’s 2025 strategic planning initiatives and oversaw two significant acquisitions. Boiter is a recipient of the Milliken Honors Award for Diversity and Inclusion and is an active ally for associates worldwide

Cooper Tire introduces newest all-terrain tire Discoverer Rugged Trek

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has announced its new Discoverer® Rugged Trek™ tire is now available for dealer orders. The Discoverer Rugged Trek is an all-season truck and SUV tire made for off-road adventuring while offering outstanding on-road performance for everyday use. Boasting a long-lasting warranty of up to 60,000 miles, the Discoverer Rugged Trek offers the best of both worlds for the off-road hobbyist and daily commuter

Kraton Corporation announces first quarter conference call and webcast

Kraton Corporation announced that it has scheduled a conference call on Thursday, April 29th at 8:00 a.m. Central time (9:00 a.m. Eastern time) to discuss first quarter 2021 financial and operating results. The company expects to release its first quarter 2021 results after market close on Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Titan introduces new AgraEDGE tire line

Titan International (Titan) announces the introduction of the Titan AgraEDGE: a new, full-line tire offering. These cutting-edge, cost-competitive tires initially are available in 17 of the most popular front and rear row crop MFWD tractor sizes — with a range of additional sizes being introduced throughout 2021 for 4WD tractors, combines and grain carts

Lanxess expands Trixene Aqua product family

Trixene Aqua BI 120 expands the outstanding performance as adhesion promoter of Aqua BI 220, enabling formulators to use it in a wide pH range and further enhancing soft handle. This is beneficial in textile processing where the products can be used e.g. for hydrophobic resins applied in the water proof treatment, for breathable fabrics, and for silk screen printing to improve the prints’ resistance to wash cycles

Week in Review

Cooper Tire joins Alice Cooper to host nationwide “Driven to Perform” garage band contest

The “Coopers” are ready to rock as Cooper Tire kicked off Driven to Perform – a nationwide garage band contest in partnership with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Alice Cooper. Cooper Tire and Alice Cooper, credited as the “godfather of shock rock,” teamed up to scour the nation and identify three talented American garage bands. Alice Cooper, who recently released his 28th album, “Detroit Stories,” will provide advice and feedback to the bands, and call on fans to cast their votes to crown the Driven to Perform winner at The victorious band will get the opportunity of a lifetime to open for Evanescence in a livestream performance on May 13

Rhino Health to open rubber glove factory in Fort Worth, TX

– Rhino Health Inc., the only domestic manufacturer of nitrile rubber gloves, announced plans to expand operations and open its largest manufacturing facility in Fort Worth, TX. The facility is a 400,000 square foot property in Majestic Fort Worth South Business Park, and will house approximately 10,000 square feet of office space for corporate functions as well as serve as a corporate office location.

Adaptive3D partners with EnvisionTEC to deliver additive manufacturing elastomer solutions at scale

EnvisionTEC and Adaptive3D announced that they have executed a materials distribution agreement to pair ToughRubber™ photoresins with Xtreme 8K digital light processing (DLP) printers. Adaptive3D’s tough photoelastomers printed on Xtreme 8K printers will expedite the adoption of additively manufactured solutions for functional end-use elastomeric parts and products

Sumitomo Chemical receives gold medal in EcoVadis sustainability assessment for the second year in a row

In this year’s assessment, Sumitomo Chemical has marked a high score in the area of Environment for the second consecutive year, and has also attained a score increase in Sustainable Procurement. Specifically, the Company has been highly rated in Environment for its established medium- to long-term climate action targets and its steady implementation of measures to achieve these targets. In addition, the assessment has recognized the Company’s efforts to put sustainable procurement into action more extensively, emphasizing the respect for the environment and human rights

Clariant expands in China with new facility for high-end stabilizer additives

Clariant announced the opening of a new world-class production facility for process and light stabilizers. The facility is jointly owned by Clariant and Beijing Tiangang Auxiliary Co., Ltd. (Tiangang), a privately owned producer and leading supplier of light stabilizers in China

Continental and Amazon Web Services create platform for automotive software

– Continental and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will be working together going forward within the scope of a new development cooperation. The goal of the long-term collaboration with AWS serving as the preferred cloud provider is to develop Continental Automotive Edge (CAEdge) – a modular hardware and software platform that connects the vehicle to the cloud and features a virtual workbench offering numerous options to develop, supply and maintain software-intensive system functions. This will allow drivers to integrate the functions they want going forward during the entire service life of their vehicle by downloading quick and convenient software updates

Nexen Tires manufactures 500 million tires without a single recall

Nexen Tire America announced since 2000, the company has manufactured more than 500 million tires without a single recall. Nexen Tire has implemented precision tire-manufacturing guidelines throughout its four tire manufacturing plants across the globe – two in the South Korean cities of Yangsan and Changnyeong, one in Qingdao, China, and its newest plant in Zatech, Czech Republic — ensuring all tires meet the company’s strict global manufacturing standards.

Rubber Division, ACS announces May learning opportunities

Rubber Division, ACS courses and webinars are free for Student Members and webinars are free for all Members. These learning opportunities are all online and can be taken from the comfort of your home or office


Songwon announces exclusive distribution partnership with Chemo International Inc.

Effective April 1st, 2021, Chemo International is the exclusive distributor in the Caribbean, Central America and northern parts of South America of SONGWON’s BU Coatings product families: SONGNOX® antioxidants, SONGSORB® UV absorbers and light stabilizers, and SONGCURE® photoinitiators

AMT receives grant to develop a bio-renewable consumable for the post-processing of TPE parts

AMT has received an £87,000 grant from Innovate UK to support the development of a bio-renewable consumable for the post-processing of thermoplastic elastomer parts

Evonik becomes a member of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab to accelerate innovation with AI

As part of the partnership, Evonik and IBM have already investigated new possibilities to create a collaborative intelligence between humans and machines, in pilot projects. Experts no longer have to search for valuable information like for a needle in a haystack. Instead, decades of knowledge are now easy to search and to analyze intuitively. New connections between data can now be found. Chemist can intuitively explore and compare formulations and their related properties to come up with ideas for new products. Evonik and IBM have also succeeded in building Artificial Intelligence that will further accelerate the research for new materials. In close collaboration with IBM Research a Deep Neural Network was developed and trained that predicts properties or new formulations for high-performance polymers. These predictions help researchers like a compass pointing them in promising directions for new products and customer solution

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Silicone surfactants market is poised to grow by $80.8 million through 2025

The report on silicone surfactants market provides a holistic analysis, market size and forecast, trends, growth drivers, and challenges, as well as vendor analysis covering around 25 vendors. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current global market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The market is driven by the increasing demand for polyurethane foam and rising demand from personal care industry. In addition, increasing demand for polyurethane foam is anticipated to boost the growth of the market as well.
The silicone surfactants market analysis include end-user segment and geographic landscape

Yokohama develops world’s first technology for producing butadiene from biomass

Yokohama Rubber announced that it has developed the world’s first technology capable of efficiently producing butadiene from a biomass. The breakthrough was achieved by the “Bio-monomer Production Laboratory” jointly established with the RIKEN and Zeon Corporation. Butadiene is a core raw material used to make synthetic rubber used in automobile tires and other products. Currently, industrial butadiene is produced as a by-product of naphtha pyrolysis. As such, the development of an independent butadiene production technology will help reduce dependence on petroleum and lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, a major cause of global warming


Goodyear announces entitlement sponsorship for the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR’s Cup Series Race

Darlington Raceway and Goodyear announced a partnership on the entitlement of the spring NASCAR Cup Series race as part of the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR on May 9. The official name of the race will be the Goodyear 400

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In-person and virtual options available for the Rubber Division’s Spring Technical Meeting

The Rubber Division, ACS Spring Technical Meeting will be held April 27-29, 2021 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Cleveland Rockside in Independence, Ohio. The Rubber Division and hotel are committed to doing all they can to produce a safe, comfortable and successful meeting for all. If you are unable to join in-person, this is a hybrid event. As a hybrid event you can view all presentations live online. Presentations will also be available after the meeting for on demand viewing for 60 days


Trelleborg’s new XP800 tire delivers premium reliability in material handling operations

With its advanced tread design, the new XP800 enhances both indoor and outdoor performance to ensure maximum productivity. Its innovative design features an extra wide tread and unique profile for minimized vibrations, enhanced handling and excellent stability in indoor applications, while the lateral block design with deep lugs optimizes traction in outdoor areas. Its extra deep tread increases tire longevity for maximum service life

Global EPDM market projected to reach $1.2 billion by 2026

EPDM rubber accounts for significant portion of rubber parts that are utilized in automotive vehicle. In the automotive industry, EPDM is used in hoses, gaskets, body sealing, weather stripping, brake parts, windshield wipers, and other under-hood applications. The automobile production is in decline phase since 2018. The production further dipped in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic. However, the market is expected to grow in the near future with the rise in the living standard of people and the development of new technologies


Continental celebrates 150 year anniversary

Throughout this year, Continental will celebrate the company’s esteemed history with stories on how it became a driving force of technological progress. Before cars were even invented, the company began by manufacturing horse “hoof buffers” along with solid tires for carriages and bicycles. In 1904, Continental was the first company in the world to develop automobile tires with a patterned tread, and four years later invented the detachable rim. On the year of its 50th anniversary, in 1921, Continental produced its first commercial truck tires, and became the first German company to produce tires reinforced with pliable cords rather than linen fabric. Six years later, it launched the very first pneumatic tractor tire in Europe


Goodyear holds virtual annual meeting; elects directors

Goodyear announced the election of 13 members to the Board of Directors for new one-year terms at the company’s virtual annual shareholder meeting today.In addition, shareholders voted in favor of an advisory resolution approving the compensation of its named executive officers and voted to ratify the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2021. A shareholder proposal was not approved.

Asahi Kasei Europe uniting sales, marketing and R&D activities at Düsseldorf Harbour

Asahi Kasei Europe started office operation at its new location at Düsseldorf Harbour, Germany. In March 2021, the Asahi Kasei Europe R&D Center relocated from Dormagen to the new location. By uniting European sales, marketing and R&D activities, the Japanese technology company further enhances its business approach towards the European automotive industry


Dow features sustainable silicone technologies at China International Automotive Electronics and Electric Vehicle Conference

Dow to present its advanced silicone solutions for more sustainable mobility during two technical presentations at electronica China’s 2021 China International Automotive Electronics and Electric Vehicle Conference. Dow scientists will explain how the company’s material technologies are addressing specific application challenges in electric vehicles and power electronics

ChinaPlas opens in Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center

CHINAPLAS 2021 opened at Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center with the theme of “New Era • New Potential • Innovation for Sustainability”. CHINAPLAS will be held for four days (April 13-16) with more than 3,600 exhibitors from 50 countries and regions

Marc Pignataro joins Harwick Standard

Marcus Pignataro joins Harwick Standard Distribution Corporation as Vice President – Sales and Marketing. He will also oversee Harwick’s Technical Department. Marc comes to Harwick after a combined 14 years at Hexpol/Preferred Compounding Corporation, most recently serving as Director of Sales – North. From 2008 to 2011 Marc worked in China as President and General Manager of their China joint venture. He also worked for SRC Worldwide, Ferro Corporation and B.F. Goodrich Performance Materials.

RPM International reported record third quarter results

Fiscal 2021 third-quarter net sales were $1.27 billion, an increase of 8.1% over the $1.17 billion reported a year ago. Third-quarter net income increased 222.6% to $38.2 million compared to $11.9 million reported in the year-ago period, and diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $0.29, an increase of 222.2% compared to $0.09 in the year-ago quarter. Income before income taxes (IBT) was $55.9 million compared to $16.3 million reported in the fiscal 2020 third quarter. RPM’s consolidated earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were up 48.2% to $65.4 million compared to $44.1 million reported in the fiscal 2020 third quarter

M. Holland Company partners with three additive manufacturers to expand 3D printing portfolio

M. Holland Company has partnered with three new additive manufacturing materials suppliers to expand its 3D Printing product offering by 50%. The company also announced the addition of M. Holland’s additive manufacturing materials developed for machining and engineering applications.


Sumitomo Rubber North America announce price increase

Sumitomo Rubber North America will increase prices in the US and Canada on Dunlop, Falken and Ohtsu Brand Passenger, Light Truck and Medium Truck and Dunlop Motorcycle Tires as well as implementing inline adjustments on a per size basis. The price increase of up to 8% will be effective May 1, 2021. Several factors have driven the need for this price increase including increased costs in both transportation and labor, raw materials in addition to other Market factors

FMi Chemical introduces Thermosil 7005 low-density, heat-resistant silicone sealant

Thermosil 7005, from FMi Chemical, is a one-part, low-density, heat-resistant silicone sealant used to form a void-free airtight seal for high-speed turbine blades in jet engines. Ready-to-use, with no mixing or degassing required, Thermosil 7005 facilitates faster throughput in aircraft manufacturing, maintenance, and overhaul operations

Global alumina trihydrate market forecast at $1.9 billion by 2025

The global alumina trihydrate market size is estimated at USD 1.5 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 1.9 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 5.5% from 2020 to 2025 according to

ExxonMobil explores sale of Advanced Elastomer Systems

AES is known for its Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs), which are elastic polymers used in automotive, industrial and consumer products. The business was launched in 1991 as a limited partnership between ExxonMobil Chemical and Solutia. Exxon became the sole owner of AES in 2002

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Cancarb receives highest level platinum rating from EcoVadis

Cancarb Limited, a Tokai Carbon Group company, has been awarded an EcoVadis Platinum level rating for sustainability; the highest possible EcoVadis recognition score. A Platinum score indicates that Cancarb is in the top 1% of their industry as a responsible and sustainable carbon black producer. “This jump from a gold to platinum level rating confirms our commitment to the environment, and to our customers, employees, and community, as we continue to prove we are a leader in corporate social responsibility and environmental responsibility,” said Peter Donnelly, President of Cancarb. “Cancarb is and will continue to be a sustainable and responsible organization for years to come.”

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