Wacker uses biomethanol in the manufacture of silicone-based textile softeners

Munich, Germany – WACKER is now applying its resource-efficient silicones production concept to the manufacture of textile softeners. With immediate effect, three functional silicone fluids are available as “eco” products: WETSOFT® eco LV 810, WACKER® FINISH eco WR 1100 LV and WACKER® FINISH eco WR 1300 LV. Instead of fossil methanol, WACKER uses plant-based methanol for the manufacture of these products. The method, which is based on the biomass balance method used in production, has now been certified by TÜV Nord according to the REDcert standard.

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Bally Ribbon Mills offers industrial fabrics ideal for engineered rubber applications

BRM’s specialty fabrics, available in a wide variety of fiber combinations and weave structures, are used in the engineered rubber industry for the manufacture of rubber belting, rubber hoses, and other specialty rubber applications. Proprietary BRM fabrics are available for cure wrap for hoses to hold the rubber in place during the curing process, internal reinforcements to improve tensile resistance, and belting, in which layers of rubber sheet and fabric are combined to increase strength and elongation resistance.

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USTMA urges Congress to implement sustainable transportation and infrastructure policies

As the Biden administration begins implementation of the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) is urging congressional leadership to continue working on tire policy and related transportation sustainability initiatives. While the IIJA includes several provisions that would advance scrap tire markets and improve the resiliency of the nation’s infrastructure, USTMA has identified six specific policy proposals – ranging from tax incentives to additional research dollars and procurement commitments – that will strengthen the American tire manufacturing industry and help the country develop roadways with the future in mind.

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Apollo Tyre and Manchester United launch United We Play 2.0

Apollo Tyres has announced the launch of the second season of United We Play, the on-ground selection trials in association with Manchester United. Subject to regulations and restrictions around Covid-19, the grassroots program is scheduled to begin in February 2022 and will go on till April this year. Through two rounds of selection trials, Apollo Tyres and Manchester United Soccer School coaches will select 3 – 5 young footballers to visit the iconic Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester as well as the opportunity to participate in a training session.

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Maxam Tire opens solid tire plant in Vietnam

MAXAM Tire has taken a big leap forward in advancing factory automation and compound development with the opening of their fully owned and operated solid tire plant in Vietnam. MAXAM is committed to the development of manufacturing technology to provide their customers with world-class quality, production precision, and performance capabilities. At full capacity, the factory will double MAXAM’s current production capacity with increased efficiency and consistency by using the newly developed, proprietary liquid phase technology, EcoPoint3, on existing and future solid tire products

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Hankook Tire announces executive promotions at its North America headquarters

Hankook Tire announces executive promotions at its North America headquarters in Nashville, Tenn. Curtis Brison has been named president of Hankook Tire North America (formerly Hankook Tire America). He succeeds Sooil Lee, who remains CEO of Hankook Tire & Technology. Additionally, Robert Williams has been promoted to senior vice president of Truck, Bus and Radial (TBR) sales. Jong Jin (JJ) Park has been promoted to vice president of marketing.

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Clariant names Dr. Achala Danait as managing director for Clariant India Limited

Effective January 14, 2022, the Board of Directors of Clariant India Limited has appointed Dr. Achala Danait as Managing Director, in addition to her role of leading innovation in Asia Pacific for the Business Unit Industrial & Consumer Specialties. Clariant India Limited is a 100% subsidiary of Clariant AG, which includes the businesses of Additives, Functional Minerals, Industrial & Consumer Specialties and Mining Services.

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