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DuPont to split into three distinct publicly traded companies

DuPont announced a plan to separate into three distinct, publicly traded companies. Under the plan, DuPont would execute the proposed separations of its Electronics and Water businesses in a tax-free manner to its shareholders with New DuPont continuing as a premier diversified industrial company following completion of the separations. As independent entities, both Electronics and Water will benefit from increased focus and agility in their respective industries. At separation, each of the three companies will have strong balance sheets, attractive financial profiles and compelling growth opportunitie

CIRCTEC to construct Europe’s largest end-of-life tire pyrolysis recycling in the Netherlands

Novo Holdings and A.P. Moller Holding have enabled a €150 million
fundraise for CIRCTEC by leading with a €75 million equity investment.
Financing includes €22.5 million of grants awarded by the Government of the Netherlands.

Bridgestone recognized as top global supplier by General Motors

Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone) was recognized by General Motors (GM) as one of its top global suppliers of 2023. The company was awarded this distinction during the GM 32nd Annual Supplier of the Year event. Performance, innovation, cultural alignment with GM’s values, and having a commitment to achieving GM’s ambitious goals are what earned Bridgestone this honor. Bridgestone was one of 86 companies out of GM’s network of more than 20,000 suppliers to achieve this award, marking Bridgestone’s ninth consecutive and 22nd overall recognition from GM.

IISRP elects Mr. Zhuang Yi as its President International

The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers, Inc. (IISRP) elected Mr. Zhuang Yi as its President International for the year 2024 – 2025 at the association’s 64th Annual General Meeting on May 8, 2024. In his new role, he replaces Mr. Kazuyoshi Matsuura of Zeon Elastomers Corporation, who became the Institute’s Past-President International.

Wickert Maschinenbau to showcase customized press systems at DKT

The machine manufacturer will be showcasing product examples and press concepts at the DKT from 1 to 4 July in Nuremberg in Hall 9, Stand 9-517.

In addition to the customized presses, Wickert also offers its customers a comprehensive range of services. This begins as early as the component development stage, followed by concept and feasibility studies if required. The machine manufacturer also takes on the overall planning and general contracting of the systems – also as part of turnkey solutions on request.

Rubber Division announces Student Outreach Initiative

The Student Outreach Initiative is a great opportunity for students to gain knowledge specific to our industry, make connections and show them how amazing our industry is and why they should be a part of it.

Sponsor Students – $750 per Student (no limit on number of students you can sponsor) The Division is seeking support to assist with covering several students’ hotel, meal and transportation costs. The number of students the Division can host depends on the amount of support received.




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.

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University of Michigan researchers leap toward carbon neutrality converting CO2 to methanol

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a catalyst material known as cobalt phthalocyanine that converts carbon dioxide—a significant driver of climate change—into renewable fuels such as methanol.

Published in the journal ACS Catalysis, U-M researchers studied using cobalt phthalocyanine as a catalyst to convert carbon dioxide into methanol through multiple reaction steps. The first step converts carbon dioxide (C02) into carbon monoxide (CO) and the second step converts the CO into methanol.

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