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ARLANXEO announces construction of a new Therban HNBR plant in China

ARLANXEO announced the planned construction of a hydrogenated nitrile butadiene rubber (HNBR) plant in Changzhou, China. With a nameplate annual production capacity of 5,000 tons, the first phase of construction will allow for the production of 2,500 tons of high-quality rubber per year. The plant is expected to begin operations in the third quarter of 2025.

Bridgestone announces largest racing presence ever at Daytona 200

Bridgestone Americas announced it will have its largest racing presence to date at the 82nd running of the Daytona 200 March 7-9, 2024, at Daytona International Speedway. Bridgestone will supply tires from its premium motorcycle tire line, BATTLAX, to 15 riders from seven different countries, including Marvin Fritz, Karel Hanika and Niccolo Canepa from the Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART Yamaha) who are the reigning champions of the 2023 FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC).

Endurica announces its first Community Conference

This in-person event, taking place April 8-9 in Endurica’s hometown of Findlay, Ohio, has the theme ‘Delivering Durability Across the Rubber Supply Chain’ and will bring together OEMs, rubber parts manufacturers, and material suppliers to engage at a high level on how durability is evaluated and assured within their specific domains and across the industry.

The conference’s two-day agenda will focus on the latest in simulating rubber durability, materials characterization and testing methodologies, showcasing how these technologies are advancing rubber product and tire durability worldwide. Participants can look forward to a mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops and user presentations by technology leaders from Endurica, CNH Industrial, Birla Carbon, Rassini Bypasa, General Motors, Tenneco, BASF Corp., Bridgestone Americas, Stellantis, and the Centre for Tire Research (CenTiRe). The conference is free to attend with support from presenting sponsors Axel Products; Coesfeld; Dassault Systemes; and Wolf Star Technologies; and additional sponsors including ACE Laboratories; Akron Rubber Development Laboratory; Rubber Heart; Rubber Division, ACS; and Smithers.

OCSiAl appoints Peter Cuneo as chairman of the board of directors

As President and CEO of Marvel Entertainment, Mr. Cuneo orchestrated the legendary turnaround of a just-out-of-bankruptcy, struggling superhero franchise to an entertainment industry powerhouse, with the stock price rising from a low of $0.96 to $54 per share paid by Disney in 2009. Mr. Cuneo’s distinguished career also includes such roles as President and CEO of Remington Products, President of Black & Decker’s Security Hardware Group, and President of Bristol Myers Squibb pharmaceuticals group in Canada.

Sumitomo Rubber promotes Edith Avina to customer service manager

Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Sumitomo Rubber North America, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd., announced the promotion of Edith

The Rubber Division, ACS announces Spring Technical Meeting keynote speaker

Akron, OH – The Rubber Division, ACS announced that Dr. Katrina Cornish will be the Keynote Speaker at this year’s

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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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