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Continental updates their TireTech App

The TireTech App’s existing functionality has now been supplemented by a series of additional features for truck and bus tires. With the update, the current winter tire recommendations – as released by Continental each fall – will now also be available on the app. This means fleet managers, and bus and truck drivers can quickly get an overview of the current winter tire regulations in 39 countries and equip their vehicles accordingly. In order to make the app even easier to use, all the information on it is now provided in 20 languages. There is also the new tire diagnosis module. This identifies changes and anomalies in truck and bus tires and provides recommendations on how to deal with them. Tire service life, safety and fuel consumption are the points of focus. Also new is the module for regrooving tires. Here, tire workshops can find the relevant regrooving pattern for commercial vehicle tires from Continental, as well as other useful information.

Arkema reaches an important milestone in its shift to renewable energy at U.S. sites

As part of its climate plan, Arkema has signed long term renewable energy agreements for its sites in Calvert City (Kentucky), Beaumont (Texas), Chatham (Virginia) and West Chester (Pennsylvania), as well as for all Bostik sites in the United States.

By 2024, Arkema is expected to obtain approximately 40% of the power needed to run its operations in the United States from renewable sources after signing deals with energy providers Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Entergy and 3Degrees. This is a major milestone in the Group’s decarbonization goal to reduce its Scopes 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 48.5% by 2030 versus 2019.

ARDL recognizes Ana Barbur for her achievements

Ana Barbur, VP of Chemical/Analytical Services, is named Sub Chair of ASTM International Technical Committee.

Goodride Solmax 1 convinces in the ADAC summer tire test 2024

The German automobile club ADAC took a close look at 16 current 215/55 R17 models – including the Goodride Solmax 1 for the first time. The summer tire from Chinese manufacturer ZC Rubber scored well in several criteria. The Goodride Solmax 1 also outperformed some much more expensive products from established European brands in the overall ranking.

The 2nd annual Bioplastics Twin Screw Extrusion Workshop to be held this June

Leistritz Extrusion will host the 2nd Annual Bioplastics Twin Screw Extrusion Workshop June 11-12, 2024 at The Polymers Center in Charlotte, NC.

It’s a workshop, not a conference. A unique facet of this program is that classroom sessions are supplemented by interactive “hands-on” extrusion demonstrations, as well as screw assembly, equipment cleaning and maintenance procedures.

The Latex Conference 2024 Full Lineup Announced

The Latex Conference provides a formal and informal exchange of information designed to increase the total knowledge of the latex industry and provide opportunities for networking with latex industry professionals.

Confirmed speakers and presentation titles as of 2/26/2024


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Bringing circularity at scale to the rubber industry with sustainable carbonaceous material

Pyrolysis has been used as a means of recycling end-of-life tires or other post-industrial and/or consumer rubber products for several years. This process produces several valuable secondary raw materials that support the circular economy. One such material, sustainable carbonaceous material (SCM), can be used as a sustainable alternative to carbon black in many applications where traditional virgin carbon black is used. Although traditionally seen as suitable only for low value applications, recent advances allow the use of SCM in a wider range of higher value products. These advances are helping compounders and OEMs meet their sustainability targets by allowing the use of a higher percentage of sustainable materials in their formulations with minimal adjustments or loss in performance.

Latex and Natural Rubber


Researchers develop new methods for boosting rubber production in U.S.

With disease and high demand posing threats to the world’s primary natural rubber supply in Southeast Asia, scientists are working to ramp up the U.S. rubber market by advancing methods to extract latex from two sustainable North American plant sources: a dandelion species and a desert shrub.

Researchers reported their methods to improve efficiency and increase latex yield in two recent publications, building upon decades of research led by Katrina Cornish, professor of horticulture and crop science and food, agricultural and biological engineering at The Ohio State University.

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