Bridgestone and Penske Truck Leasing renew contract for technology and mobility solutions

Bridgestone Americas and Penske Truck Leasing  announced the contact renewal of their strategic partnership to test, develop and deploy Bridgestone advanced technology and mobility solutions for the commercial segment in the U.S. and Canada with a focus on more cost-effective and sustainable results for fleets. As part of the agreement, Penske will also remain a preferred customer of Bridgestone commercial tires and Bandag retread tires.

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Evonik and Wynca start up new fumed silica plant in China

The joint venture between Evonik and the Chinese company Wynca – Evonik Wynca (Zhenjiang) Silicon Material Co., Ltd. is starting-up of its new fumed silica plant. Located in the Zhenjiang New Material Industry Park in Jiangsu province, the plant is Evonik’s first fumed silica production site in China. It will produce fumed silica marketed under the brand name AEROSIL®. More than 150 participants, including employees from Evonik and Wynca, partners, government and media representatives, attended the opening ceremony.

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Guill Tool introduces a co-extrusion crosshead designed for irrigation tubing

Guill Tool introduces Series 824, a co-extrusion crosshead designed for irrigation tubing with an emitter tool.   Manufactured from stainless steel, this new crosshead features balanced flow design with spiral technology that improves flow characteristics at all extruder speeds.  Dual feed ports provide concentric compound flow, while the splits flow from one extruder to feed the inside and outside layers via a manifold assembly.   Series 824 is adaptable to all popular extruders on the market currently

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AGC Chemicals introduces Fluon+™ functionalized fluoropolymers to improve carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites at CAMX 2021

AGC Chemicals Americas Inc. introduces Fluon+™ Composites functionalized fluoropolymers that enhance the performance of carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRP & CFRTP) composites. These compounds are ideal for composites applications that require a durable, lightweight material, such as automobiles, aircraft and sports products, as well as printed circuit boards requiring low transmission loss and high heat resistance.

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Akron Rubber Development Laboratory completes Mixing and Compounding relocation, adds injection molding and extrusion line for material research

Akron Rubber Development Laboratory, Inc. (ARDL) has completed the transition of its Mixing and Compounding Department from the former Kenmore Boulevard location to its new home at ARDL’s Barberton Campus. In conjunction with the move, ARDL has also added an extrusion line to its capabilities for lab sample preparation and prototyping

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U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association names Bridgestone’s Paolo Ferrari as board chair

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) announced today the election of Paolo Ferrari as chairman of the Board of Directors, for a two-year term starting October 7, 2021. Ferrari is President and CEO of Bridgestone Americas.

Ferrari succeeds Stephen R. McClellan, president of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Americas business unit, who served as USTMA’s Board Chair since 2018. Ferrari was elected during a formal vote at the association’s first board meeting of its 2022 fiscal year on October 6.

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KraussMaffei Group France announces Christophe Longuet as new president

Effective January 1, 2022, Longuet will take the helm of KraussMaffei Group France S.A.S. as President. His predecessor Jacques Socquet will focus on the NETSTAL business in France with immediate effect and take over management of the newly established NETSTAL company in France as of January 1, 2022. NETSTAL returned to operating independently within the KraussMaffei Group in October 2021.

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