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Continental celebrates important milestones in its three U.S. tire plants

2024 marks a significant milestone for Continental’s tire manufacturing operations in the United States. Three key plants celebrate their anniversaries: 5 years in Clinton, Mississippi, 10 years in Sumter, South Carolina, and 50 years in Mount Vernon, Illinois. With an annual production capacity of more than 16 million tires and a team of more than 6,700 local manufacturing employees, Continental is amongst the top tire manufacturers in the U.S.. In the last decade alone, the company has invested more than $1.5 billion USD in its American tire manufacturing operations. Continental is committed to premium product quality, innovation, and growth in the U.S. market. Thus, the premium tire manufacturer is continuously investing in the expansion of its tire plants.

Christopher Kowitz to lead Wacker Chemical Corporation in the U.S.

Christoph Kowitz, currently head of WACKER’s Corporate Research Department, takes charge of the Group’s U.S. subsidiary Wacker Chemical Corporation (WCC) at the beginning of May. He succeeds David Wilhoit who has been responsible for WACKER’s North and Central American business since 2015 and is now retiring.

Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 to be original equipment on Toyota Crown Crossover

The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced that it is supplying its GEOLANDAR A/T G015 tires as original equipment (OE) to Toyota Motor Corporation for use on the automaker’s new CROWN CROSSOVER RS “LANDSCAPE”, a special edition of CROWN CROSSOVER. The new vehicle was launched in April 2024 in Japan.

General Silicones to showcase innovative silicone solutions at Hannover Messe 2024

General Silicones Co., Ltd. (GS), to participate in Hannover Messe 2024, showcasing a spectrum of innovative silicone products. From April 22-26, visitors can explore GS’s cutting-edge solutions at Hall 3, Stand A64-12, including their hallmark Compo-SiL® silicone decorative film

Global release liners market forecast with a CAGR of 6 percent through 2032

Thin, flat sheets of paper covered in silicone or another release agent are called paper release liners. They are employed in the protection and separation of adhesive materials, such as labels and tapes, to prevent adhesion during application, storage, and transit. The growing need for pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs) and other adhesive technologies across a range of industries, including automotive, electronics, healthcare, and food and beverage, is the main driver of the paper release liners market. Furthermore, the market is expanding because to the rising need for environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and sustainable release liners.

Synthomer sells its latex compounding operations to Matco NV for €27.5m

Synthomer plc announced an agreement to divest its latex compounding operations to Belgian company Matco NV, a leader in compounds, water-based adhesives, and solutions for various industrial applications, for consideration of c.€27.5m.


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Utilization of AI driven solutions for rubber compound formulation: A practical approach

The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into various industrial sectors has spurred remarkable progress in the field of manufacturing process development. This concept has been extended to polymer compound formulations, where AI techniques have been used to optimize rubber formulations as well. Furthermore, it is conceivable that mixtures of other polymers, such as TPEs, thermoplastic materials or polyurethane compounds, could be similarly treated. Advantages of employing AI driven tools include reduced development time, enhanced efficiency and increased accuracy.

Chemicals and Materials


The United States Environmental Protection Agency issues new rules for chloroprene emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule that will significantly reduce toxic air pollution from chemical plants, including ethylene oxide and chloroprene. Once implemented, the rule will reduce both EtO and chloroprene emissions from covered processes and equipment by nearly 80%. A requirement for these facilities to conduct fence line monitoring for key toxic chemicals is included, and EPA will make the data publicly available to better inform and safeguard nearby communities.

Silicone & Medical


Silicones’ role in decarbonization studied

A study to identify and quantify silicones’ contributions to the EU Green Deal’s ambitions to become climate neutral by 2050 reveals an annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emission saving potential of 96.4 metric tons (MT) in 2030. This is equivalent to the carbon footprint of 36 million people’s electricity consumption (for reference, Poland has 37 million inhabitants). These savings are projected to be 42.6 MT by 2050 for silicone-using technologies compared to non-silicones alternatives.

Testing & Instruments


ACE Laboratories completes installation of its new wiper blade testing system

ACE Laboratories has announced another new testing capability. This latest addition provides the ability to test and analyze windshield wiper blades and wipe systems.
The custom engineered testing system allows ACE to include energy consumption analysis as part of the testing protocol in addition to traditional durability analysis. ACE’s testing system also allows for customization to nearly all windshield types with angle and pressure controls to ensure testing is completed according to OEM specifications.

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