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Two Yokokama tires win prestigious Good Design awards

2/18/2020 - Tokyo, Japan — The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced that two of its tires were among the winners of the Chicago Athenaeum’s 2019 Good Design Awards announced this past December 12. The two award-winning tires are the GEOLANDAR X-CV tire for high-performance crossover SUVs and the GEOLANDAR X-AT tire for SUVs and pickup trucks. The Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, established in 1950, is the world’s oldest and most prestigious worldwide design award. It is organized by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. Candidate products are judged by experts who evaluate products from diverse perspectives, including design, use of new technologies, materials and function. In 2019, the Good Design Award was presented to more than 900 products and graphic designs from entries received from more than 47 countries and coverin...
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Hankook Tire partners with Amazon Web Services for high-tech digital solutions and machine learning

2/18/2020 - ​Seoul, Korea – Hankook Tire is partnering with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to incorporate more digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data. Hankook Tire recently developed a Virtual Compound Design (VCD) system, which predicts the characteristics of tire compounds and finds an optimal combination through artificial intelligence analysis. The AWS Cloud platform will enable Hankook to store, process, and analyze huge amounts of data such as that gathered from the VCD system. “As we continue to drive our technological strategy, collaborating with AWS will enable Hankook to further strengthen these efforts,” said Soo Il Lee, COO, Hankook Tire. “The introduction of AWS to our processes underscores Hankook Tire’s commitment to innovation, further bringing technology to the core of our business as a leading g...
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KraussMaffei to layoff 8 percent of workforce due to declining sales

2/18/2020 - Munich, Germany - According to an official announcement, KraussMaffei Group GmbH (KM) has signed agreements with the KM trade union organization on collective layoffs on Jan 31. The company plans to implement the collective layoffs in accordance with these agreements. The layoffs involve 430 positions in KM’s German unit, accounting for about 8.38% of the total employees. As of the end of 2019, the company has a total of 5,134 employees. Among these, 334 positions are planned to be cut by the end of 2020, the remaining 96 positions are planned to be cut by 2021 and 2022 (76 and 20 positions respectively). KM has a clear implementation plan for the layoff in 2020 already. The specific positions and personnel involved in the layoffs in 2021 and beyond need to be further clarified by the management according to the actual situation at th...
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Japan's carbon black demand falls for second consecutive year

2/18/2020 - Tokyo, Japan - Japan’s total demand for carbon black is expected to drop for a second consecutive year, according to a recent forecast from the country’s Carbon Black Association. Including exports, demand here is estimated at 775,218 tons for 2020, which would mark a year-on-year decline of 0.6 percent. Demand for rubber applications – this being calculated based on forecasts of customer sectors such as automotive and tires – is estimated to make up 704,218 tons of this total. This would represent a drop of 0.7 percent year-on-year. Overall domestic demand is meanwhile set to make up 722,218 tons of the total, down by 0.6 percent. Domestic demand for rubber applications is forecast more specifically at 688,218 tons, down by 0.6 percent. And of that, 537,356 tons would go toward tires – down by 0.8 percent – with the other 150,852 t...
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Dow and Johnson Matthey technology selected for butanol facility in China

2/18/2020 - Midland, MI - Dow and Johnson Matthey announced China-based company Guangxi Huayi New Material Company Ltd. has selected LP OxoSM Selector 10 technology to produce butanol at a new manufacturing facility. Under this license, the plant will be built at Huayi’s integrated petrochemical complex in Qinzhou Port, Peoples Republic of China, with an annual butanol capacity of 300,000 metric tons. LP OxoSM Selector 10 technology, licensed through Dow and JM, enables the efficient production of butanol with low capital investment and operating cost. Dow and JM provide its licensees customized plant designs, performance warranties, technical support pre- and post-plant start-up, ongoing technology updates, and more. To date, the suite of LP OxoSM technology has been licensed into a significant number of projects across 15 countries, representing a ...
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Global lithopene market forecast with a CAGR of 4 percent through 2027

2/18/2020 - Dublin, Ireland - The global lithopone market is set to rise at a moderate CAGR of 4% between 2019 and 2027, according to the projections of a new study by Fact.MR. Leading manufacturers of lithopone are investing efforts in the commercialization of eco-friendly offerings to gain traction among end-use industries. "Rising demand for novel solutions from plastic and rubber industries has boosted consumption of pigments and additives, which will support the overall performance of lithopone market in the long term," says the Fact.MR report. Key Findings include: Rubber compounding remains the primary application area for lithopone. Demand for lithopone in developed economies has largely stagnated, while displaying steady growth in Asia Pacific. A third of the global lithopone manufacturing industry is concentrated in China. The li... (read more)

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