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ExxonMobil adds state-of-the-art tire testing capabilities to Shanghai Technology Center  

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Shanghai, China - ExxonMobil announced that it has expanded the tire testing capabilities of its Shanghai Technology Center. A new state-of-the-art inflation pressure loss rate (IPLR) test room that evaluates a tire’s air pressure loss rate over time has been added. The new facility, which expands upon the company’s global network of tire technology support centers in Baytown, TX, and Bangalore, India, will help customers meet rising quality standards in the tire industry. “With one in every three cars in the world being manufactured in China, we are committed to helping shape the country’s tire industry through ongoing investment in technology and people,” said Kurt Aerts, specialty elastomers and butyl rubber vice president, ExxonMobil Chemical Company. “These new capabilities place us closer to our customers so that we can better serve their needs.” The state-of-art test room exceeds American Society for Testing and Materials requirements for IPLR testing. It features a combination of 44 passenger car radial and truck and bus radial tire test stations, and provides computerized hourly readings using high precision digital transducers and a data logger. It is available for both internal and external research and development projects. “Regional support in polymers technology is through the delivery of innovative solutions and the development of premium product applications,” said Aerts. “Butyl rubber is a critical material for tire innerliners and, having invented it, we continue to demonstrate tire industry leadership through enhanced technology support capabilities.” Opened in 2011, the Shanghai Technology Center is a 27,000 square meter full-service customer support center. It houses advanced analytical and testing laboratory equipment and commercial scale product processing equipment, including blown and cast film extrusion, injection molding and compounding. In addition, the center also supports ExxonMobil’s lubricants business through a combination of technical services, applications expertise, collaborative programs, training and marketing support. As part of ExxonMobil’s ongoing investment in China, work recently commenced on a multi-million dollar expansion of its Shanghai Technology Center. The expansion includes construction of a new, state-of-the-art research and development building to support customer collaboration and growth. - * Email

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Hankook Tire opens European test center for winter tires in Finland  

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Seoul, Korea – Tire maker Hankook Tire has officially opened its very own European winter tire test facility, named ‘Technotrac,’ in Ivalo, Finland, located approximately 300 km north of the Arctic Circle. Finnish company Test World Oy was commissioned to build the facility at the end of 2015. The opening of Technotrac marks another milestone for Hankook Tire, as it proves that winter tires for the European market are not just developed and produced in Europe, but they can even be tested under real European winter conditions. The new test facility consists of flat tracks used for testing braking, traction and lateral stability on snow or ice, as well as two snow handling tracks for subjective tire evaluation, specifically designed to meet the needs of premium vehicle manufacturers located in Germany. The site also boasts an excellent infrastructure, with offices, conference rooms and even state-of-the-art workshops, as well as a large cold-storage warehouse. The stable and prolonged winter conditions in Ivalo was one of the key factors that influenced the decision to build the most northerly winter test facility in the world, in this location. Through Technotrac, Ivalo, Hankook Tire is able to secure its own original technology with strengthened basic applied research, including new material technology, winter tire pattern and profile. The test infrastructure also allows for over two thousand sets of tire evaluations, increasing the accuracy of test conditions for winter tires. Furthermore, it allows for a timely response to OE demand and customers in the European market. With its history based on strong research and development, Hankook Tire has been striving to achieve technology leadership in the global market. The company has aggressively and consistently invested in research and development to improve its innovative technology, successfully proving its achievement for global top-tier technology and superior quality. “Technotrac, Ivalo, is another testimony that represents our strong global competitiveness through technology leadership,” said Seung-Hwa Suh, vice chairman and CEO of Hankook Tire. “By facing rapid changes in the business environment proactively and by delivering products optimized for various customer needs, we will continue to acquire more robust, advanced research and development capabilities as a global premium tire brand.” - * Email

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Medisafe to expand rubber glove production with $25 million investment  

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Jakarta, Indonesia - The Jakarta Post reports that Indorama has injected a $25 million investment into its subsidiary, PT Medisafe Technologies, which produces rubber gloves. With the move, Medisafe will build its sixth plant at its North Sumatra complex, which has existed since 1989. After the expansion, production capacity is expected to increase to 2.7 billion rubber gloves per year and give employment to 1,700 people, Indorama chairman Sri Prakash Lohia says. "Indonesia is our main pillar to grow in the Asia-Pacific, the existence of high-quality local products in the international market is a base to develop this rubber glove industry further," Sri Prakash said. Medisafe and YTY chairman Vikram Hora said 99 percent of their products were exported to the United States and Europe. Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto appreciated the investment. He also hoped that companies in the rubber industry could build research facilities so that they could boost the export quality of the product. "Indonesia’s rubber glove exports in 2016 reached $232.5 million, placing this industry in second position after the tire industry as the biggest rubber derivatives [exporter]," he said during the inauguration of Medisafe’s factory. The ministry's downstream chemical industry director Teddy Caster Sianturi said the country's rubber manufacturing industry had not reached its maximum potential because as the second biggest natural rubber producer in the world, only 20 percent of annual raw natural rubber production was being utilized by domestic industries. - * Email

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Global silicone gel market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 6.51 percent  

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Pune, India - The global silicone gel market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 6.51 percent during 2016–2021. Robust growth in the silicone gel market is driven by the surging demand for silicone gel based products in varied end-user sectors including the automotive, electronics, medical and personal care sectors. The silicone gel market in the electrical and electronic industry is likely to witness the fastest growth over the next five years, owing to their ability to absorb heat and shock. Regionally, silicone gel demand growth is likely to be the fastest in the Asia Pacific region against the backdrop of economic growth and rapid developments in the end-user industries in emerging markets. Developed regions of North America and Europe are expected to display a steady paced growth, mainly due to high expenditure in the automotive and medical sectors. According to the Azoth Analytics research report, Global Silicone Gel Market (By End-User Industry, By Sub-Sectors, By Region, By Country): Trends, Opportunities and Forecasts (2016-2021), the market is projected to exhibit a CAGR of 6.51 percent during 2016-2021. The global silicone gel market has been segmented on the basis of end-user industries (electrical and electronic, medical and healthcare, cosmetics and personal care and others), by sub-sector (automotive electronics, LED, HV and photovoltaic, prosthetics and implants, scar treatment, aerospace and agriculture), by region (North America, Europe, APAC and ROW) and by country (U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Germany, France, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and South Africa). - * Email

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