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International Elastomer Conference, Technical Meeting & Student Symposium abstract deadline extended to May 25th

Call for Abstracts for the 2022 International Elastomer Conference, Technical Meeting & Student Symposium has been extended to May 25th. The Rubber Division, ACS invites your submissions for inclusion in the International Elastomer Conference Technical Meeting & Student Symposium October 11-13, 2022 in Knoxville, TN. Join the leading researchers and innovators in the rubber/elastomer industry and share your expertise.

K 2022 online ticket shop open

Tickets for K 2022, The World’s No.1 Trade Fair for Plastics & Rubber, are now available from the ticket shop at The eTickets can either be printed out or scanned directly from a smartphone at the entrances of the trade fair. A one-day tickets cost EUR 55, a three-day ticket EUR 120. K will take place from October 19 – 26, 2022 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Yokohama reports lower earnings for first quarter

The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced its business and financial results for the first quarter (January to March) of fiscal 2022. Profit attributable to owners of parent declined 63.5% from the same period of the previous year, to 10.2 billion yen; on a 62.7% decline in operating profit, to 13.5 billion yen; a 2.5% decline in business profit, to 13.7 billion yen; and a 28.4% increase in sales revenue, to 185.6 billion yen.

Continental reports positive first quarter

Continental performed well in the first quarter of 2022 despite an increasingly turbulent market environment, reporting strong tire business. Many external factors, such as the war against Ukraine, the coronavirus pandemic, electronic component shortages and cost increases in procurement and logistics, presented major challenges. Consolidated sales in the past quarter were €9.3 billion (Q1 2021: €8.6 billion, +8.2 percent), and adjusted EBIT was €439 million (Q1 2021: €728 million, -39.8 percent), corresponding to an adjusted EBIT margin of 4.7 percent (Q1 2021: 8.5 percent).

Birla Carbon achieves a ‘Platinum’ rating by EcoVadis for sustainable business practices

– Birla Carbon has been awarded a Platinum level rating by EcoVadis, an independent sustainability rating agency. This recognition confirms Birla Carbon’s position as an industry leader in advanced sustainability practices and reporting and places it in the top 1% of companies rated by EcoVadis.

Fine mesh straining of rubber compounds greatly improved quality and cost-savings

From 22nd to 24th June 2022 in the Expo Center Norte in São Paulo (Brazil) at Expobor 2022, UTH GmbH will be introducing their latest technological developments and expanded product range – based on UTH’s proven roll-ex® gear pump technology. These include in particular the latest fine mesh straining solutions, which are increasingly being used in the rubber and tire industry due to the growing demand for high quality and sustainability. In addition to the challenge posed by new material requirements, the focus is on consistently reducing scrap rates in order to cut costs and save valuable resources. Accordingly, UTH has focused on optimizing the manufacturing of rubber and silicone products.

Week in Review

Apollo Tyre fourth quarter revenue up 11 percent; full year 20 percent

The Board of Directors of Apollo Tyres approved the company’s audited financial results for the fourth quarter (January to March) and the financial year 2021 – 22. The Board recommended a dividend payout of Rs 3.25 per equity share (325%), to be approved by the shareholders at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting.

Asahi Kasei to provide carbon footprint data for their synthetic rubber and elastomers

Asahi Kasei has developed a system to calculate the carbon footprint of products (CFP2) for the synthetic rubber and elastomers products Asadene™, Tufdene™, Asaprene™, Tufprene™, Asaflex™, Tuftec™, and S.O.E.™ with CFP data provision to customers scheduled to begin in June 2022. CFP visualization is achieved utilizing the DEEP3 (Data Exploration and Exchange Pipeline) group-wide management infra-structure as a part of the System, which also enables examination of ways to further reduce CFP.

Synthos to showcase sustainable technologies at Tire Technology Expo 2022

Synthos to showcase its sustainable technologies at Tire Technology Expo 2022, taking place May 18-20, 2022, in Hannover, Germany. The show will be Synthos’ first industry event since acquiring Trinseo’s synthetic rubber business in late 2021. It is an opportunity for the company to present an even stronger synthetic rubber portfolio to the market and highlight recent announcements such as the development of its advanced bio-butadiene technology and ISCC mass balance certification for its entire rubber offering.

Registration is now open for the 64th Polyurethanes Technical Conference

Join leading polyurethane industry professionals and experts from all across the country this October 3-5, at the Gaylord National Harbor in National Harbor, Md., for the 64th Polyurethanes Technical Conference, the longest-running polyurethanes conference in North America. The Conference, hosted by the American Chemistry Council’s Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI), will feature creative applications and the latest innovations in polyurethane chemistry. Registration for the Conference is now open.

Cambodia rubber exports up 16.5 percent

The Phnom Penh Post reports that Cambodian rubber exports were valued at $149.80 million in the first four months of 2022, representing an increase of 16.5 per cent year-on-year from $128.58 million, according to the General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE).

Wacker holds grand opening of its new Innovation Center and Regional Headquarters in Ann Arbor

Wacker Chemical Corporation (WACKER), a pioneer and global leader in chemical R&D and manufacturing, today held a grand opening of its new Innovation Center and Regional Headquarters in Ann Arbor. Corporate leadership hosted Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, along with several other state, county and township officials, in conducting a ribbon-cutting ceremony and touring the site.
The technology campus covers 18 acres at 4950 S. State Rd. and serves as the hub of leadership and innovation for WACKER’s North and Central Americas (NCA) region. The state-of-the-art center currently houses more than 200 team members, including the company’s NCA senior leadership team; the region’s leading chemists; IT and other technical experts, along with support functions.

Continental reports positive first quarter 2022

Continental performed well in the first quarter of 2022 despite an increasingly turbulent market environment, reporting strong tire business. Many external factors, such as the war against Ukraine, the coronavirus pandemic, electronic component shortages and cost increases in procurement and logistics, presented major challenges. Consolidated sales in the past quarter were €9.3 billion (Q1 2021: €8.6 billion, +8.2 percent), and adjusted EBIT was €439 million (Q1 2021: €728 million, -39.8 percent), corresponding to an adjusted EBIT margin of 4.7 percent (Q1 2021: 8.5 percent).

Goodyear Endurance WHA becomes company’s first waste haul tire made with renewable soybean oil

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced at the 2022 Waste Expo trade show, a new formulation of its popular Endurance™ WHA waste haul tire made with a renewable soybean oil compound. The Endurance WHA is now made with soybean oil, which replaces a portion of the petroleum-based materials used in its production. The soybean oil in the tire is a bio-based material currently sourced from surplus left over from food applications and is another step in Goodyear’s global journey to fully replace petroleum-derived oils by 2040.

USTMA urges scrap tire use in infrastructure projects

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), joined by 15 stakeholder organizations sent a joint letter highlighting available technologies to support national infrastructure improvements: rubber modified asphalt and tire derived aggregate. The letter outlined the benefits of these materials and identified the specific provisions within the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law where these materials would qualify for consideration.

Calspan and Tekscan to demonstrate new tire testing technology

Calspan has instrumented its powerful flat track tire testing machine with Tekscan’s High-Speed TireScan™ pressure mapping sensors to measure tire contact patch pressure distribution in highly dynamic operating conditions on the machine’s flat roadway. On May 19, 2022 at Tire Technology Expo in Germany, the two pioneers in tire testing and pressure measurement will share results and explain how this technology changes the game for tire testing.

Global silicone polymer market forecast with a CAGR of 5.1 percent by 2028

The rapidly expanding building & construction industry in emerging and developed economies such as India , China , Mexico , Brazil , the US, Canada , and Germany is expected to boost the silicone polymer demand during forecast period. For instance, according to the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, the global construction market size is expected to reach US$ 13,572.4 billionby 2024. Increasing urbanization due to growing population globally, rapid technological advancements in infrastructure development and rise in disposable income is expected to drive the global construction market revenue growth over the forecast period. Moreover, the increasing demand for lightweight automobile parts and growing research and development activities to develop new and innovative products is expected to propel silicone polymer demand during the forecast period. Lightweight materials such silicone elastomer, resin, and silicone emulsions are used to reduce automobile weight, which results in decreasing the overall fuel consumption. High thermal stability associated with silicone polymers is estimated to boost its demand in automotive applications during the forecast period.

Wacker to present fire-resistant silicones at CWIEME

The Munich-based chemical company WACKER will be presenting silicone products for the electrical and railway industries at this year’s international electrical engineering trade show CWIEME. The focus is on the new silicone resin SILRES® H60 and on the silicone rubber grades ELASTOSIL® N 2076 and ELASTOSIL® RT 607. All three prod-ucts insulate and protect key components in electrical drives.

New study on global flame retardant market from Ceresana

Electricity makes our lives more convenient – but unfortunately also more dangerous. The boom in e-mobility, charging stations, batteries and photovoltaic systems is increasing the need for chemicals that prevent plastics and other flammable materials from igniting or at least slow down fires. Ceresana has analyzed the global market for all types of fire retardants for the seventh time: including brominated and chlorinated flame retardants as well as ATH, organophosphorus, ATO and other additives. The new market study provides figures on demand and revenue for the entire flame retardant market, as well as demand volumes for the individual grades and their applications: Around 2.19 million metric tons of flame retardants are used worldwide each year.

Trelleborg appoints Caio Beraldo as technical manager Americas

Beraldo joined Trelleborg in 2007 as an Application Engineer in Brazil, working across a range of industries. Beraldo has since worked in a number of roles within Trelleborg, including Sales Engineer, Product Manager, Plant Manager, Business Development Manager, and most recently as the Sales Manager for Brazil and South America

Bridgestone launches the Bandag FuelTech drive tire tread

ad is SmartWay verified and delivers fuel efficiency as well as improved wear life without compromising on traction or reliable performance.

Comerio Ercole signs joint cooperation agreement with Herrmann Ultraschaltechnik for rubberized calendering

COMERIO ERCOLE has signed an exclusive agreement for rubberized calendering process with HERRMANN ULTRASCHALTECHNIK to pursue joint cooperation for a revolutionary technology for the production of carcasses in the rubber calendering field where a tail and head of fabric cords is considered in term of lamination between the two materials. The development work involved the bonding of textile fibers which serve as inserts for the carcasses using ultrasound technology. The innovative joining system has been named ULTRASPLICE®.

Global roof coating market forecast at $2 billion by 2030

The Global Roof Coating Market size is forecast to reach USD 2.03 billion from USD 2,041.56 Million in 2021, delivering a CAGR of 4.79% through 2030 according to Reports and Data. The market growth is driven by the evolving construction sector and rise in several residential & commercial construction projects, primarily across the developing economies.

European silicone rubber market forecast with a CAGR of 5.5 percent through 2031

The latest study collated and published by Transparency Market Research (TMR) analyzes the historical and present-day scenario of the Europe silicone rubber market in order to accurately gauge its future growth. The study presents detailed information about the important growth factors, restraints, and trends that are creating a landscape for expansion of the Europe silicone rubber market in order to identify growth opportunities for market stakeholders. The report also provides insightful information about how the Europe silicone rubber market would expand during the forecast period of 2021 to 2031.

Datwyler upgrades liquid silicone rubber plant in Mexico

– Datwyler’s production plant in Silao, Mexico, has become the latest facility to receive an upgrade in order to provide Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) components to its customers in Mexico and the wider North and South American Region. Part of an ongoing initiative that commenced two years ago, the transfer of technology from Datwyler’s plant in Cleebronn, Germany has also been implemented in Wuxi China. As the mobility sector transitions further towards electrification and greater levels of autonomy, the move is designed to support the need for specialist compounds and components for advanced applications.

Yokohama establishes “Yokohama Rubber Group Human Rights Policy”

The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced that it has established the “Yokohama Rubber Group Human Rights Policy” (hereafter, “the Policy”) based on the United Nation’s “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights*1.” The Policy takes effect from April 28.

Alpha Technologies launches new, content rich website

Predictors,” by applications engineer Richard Hanzlik, gives readers a look at how new methods can make testing faster and easier in production and in the lab. Over the next few months, we will be populating the Knowledge Hub of the new site with much more content, including case studies, webinars and expert articles.”
The new website will also include a fully integrated global directory of contact information, to help customers locate the Alpha Technologies support personnel nearest them. An interactive timeline traces the evolution of the company from its founding in 1964 as Monsanto Instruments and Equipment, to its latest technology advancements.

Michelin MotoE tires average 40 percent sustainable materials with help from Enviro

– Last year, Michelin announced the introduction of sustainable materials in MotoE™ tires, to the tune of 33% at the front and 40% at the rear. This year, the Michelin development teams have overcome a new challenge by integrating no less than 46% sustainable material in the rear tires, thus allowing for reaching an average rate of 40%, corresponding to the weighted average of the mass of the front and rear tires. This result is clearly in line with the Group’s ambition to reach an average of 40% sustainable materials across all its ranges by 2030. “Although ambitious, this objective remains no less realistic for Michelin. The MotoE™ tires are a new illustration of this.” said Cyrille Roget, Director of technical and scientific communications for the Michelin Group. And he added: “it is mainly in integrating more natural rubber and recycled carbon black in the tires that we have been able to make progress.” Notably, Michelin has joined forces with Enviro to develop and widely industrialize an innovative pyrolysis technology that allows for recuperating certain original components, such as carbon black. The carbon black recycled in this way is reintegrated into the manufacture of new tires.

Bridgestone celebrates Maplewood high school automotive training center students

Bridgestone Retail Operations (Bridgestone), a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas, welcomed this year’s top ten Maplewood High School Automotive Training Center students and their families to the Bridgestone Tower on Thursday, May 5 for an awards ceremony, tour and luncheon to celebrate their achievements as they continue their journey to becoming automotive service professionals.

Nynas bio-based Nytex Bio 6200 offers significant sustainability to tire production

NYTEX® BIO 6200 is one of the most important sustainability products right now. One important feature of Nynas’ strategy for continued global growth is the launch of products that support their customers’ long-term sustainability work. This is true not least of the bio-based tire oil NYTEX BIO 6200, the result of many years’ intensive R&D work.

Goodyear reports $4.9 billion is sales for first quarter

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company reported results for the first quarter of 2022. “We delivered our highest first quarter revenue in 10 years despite ongoing supply chain disruptions, impacts from geopolitical issues in Europe and increasing COVID-19 restrictions in China,” said Richard J. Kramer, chairman, chief executive officer and president. “Moreover, with the addition of Cooper Tire and the benefit of strong pricing actions across our key markets, our merger-adjusted segment operating income grew nearly 40%. I am extremely proud of our teams who continue to deliver excellent results in the face of new challenges.”

Orion announces plans to build the only acetylene-based conductive additives plant in U.S.

Houston, TX – Orion Engineered Carbons announced plans to build the only plant in the U.S. producing acetylene-based conductive additives – a critical link in the value chain for lithium-ion batteries, high-voltage cables and other products powering the global transition to electrification and renewable energy.

Apollo Tyres launches new generation of agriculture tires

The new Apollo VIRAT tire has been developed as an allrounder product with 20 lugs, which provides strong grip and long life in both soft and hard soil conditions. The VIRAT range, in addition to improving the productivity of the tractors and reducing their downtime, also matches the aesthetics of the new tractor models. While this product will cater to all the markets, some of the larger ones which the company will specifically look at for this product, are Punjab, Haryana, UP, Rajasthan, MP, Maharashtra, AP and Karnataka.

TSRC announces enterprise sustainability plan

In response to the threats of global climate change and the opportunities in the upcoming low-carbon economy, TSRC incorporated TCFD framework and chemical industry SASB standards in the development of its ESG strategy with mid-to-long term objectives, which will be integrated into core businesses activities for driving business growth and operation resilience. TSRC ESG strategy focuses on three pillars – “advance environmental protection”, “advocate social positivity” and “assure governance for sustainability”

Akron Rubber Development Laboratory is celebrating their 60th anniversary

Akron Rubber Development Laboratory, Inc. (ARDL) is celebrating 60 years as the industry-leading international independent testing and development laboratory for the rubber and plastics industries. Dedicated to providing testing, development, and problem-solving services, ARDL’s clients include companies in industries such as Automotive, Aerospace, Medical, Defense, Consumer, Energy, Rail and more. Clients turn to ARDL for trusted results and the experience of ARDL’s experts to evaluate and improve materials. The company is excited for what the future holds and being the one-stop-shop for all our clients’ needs.

Sponsorship of one of the industry’s prestigious Science & Technology Awards, the Bioelastomer Award, is available

in 2018 by Rubber Division, ACS as a part of its effort to recognize the contributions of scientists in the field of biotechnology and biomaterials as these relate to elastomers and rubbery materials.

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