Todays News

Teijin Frontier develops tire cord made from eco-friendly adhesive and recycled polyester

Teijin Frontier has developed an ultra-fine polyester staple fiber (Nanofront™ staple fiber) as an effective rubber reinforcement.

WACKER to present two new silicone resin binders at the next European Coatings Show

WACKER will be presenting two new silicone resin binders at the next European Coatings Show (ECS): SILRES® M 51 E and SILRES® IC 900. Both products are suitable for manufacturing industrial coatings that can withstand high temperatures. While SILRES® M 51 E has been designed for formulating water-based coatings, SILRES® IC 900 is a methyl phenyl silicone resin for thick-film and high-solids coatings that remain stable at high temperatures. Both binders can be processed to make coatings that, after baking, adhere well to metallic materials such as steel or aluminum and can withstand temperatures of up to 600 degrees Celsius given suitable pigmentation. ECS 2023 will be held in Nuremberg, Germany, March 28 – 30.

Apollo Tyres reports 13 percent increase in revenue for third quarter

For the quarter ended December 31, 2022 Apollo Tyres Ltd, on a consolidated level, registered a revenue of Rs 6423 crores, an increase of 13% over the same period last fiscal. For the nine months of the fiscal (April – December), the company’s revenue closed at Rs 18,321 crores, an increase of 19% over the same period last fiscal. While Indian Operations saw a 21% growth in revenue from operations in the 9 months of this fiscal, European Operations also grew in double digits in the first 9 months.

RDAbbott announces free webinar on ‘Sustainable Keltan EPDM from Arlanxeo’

On Thursday, February 23, 2023, from 2:00 – 3:00 PM (ET) RDAbbott will host a free webinar titled “Sustainable Keltan® EPDM from ARLANXEO.”


HEXPOL Compounding Americas announces leadership changes

HEXPOL Compounding Americas (HCA) under the leadership of President and CEO, Gary Moore, has announced key changes to its Executive Leadership Team.

Elkem curtails production capacity at Bremanger in Norway

Elkem has decided to partially curtail its production at Bremanger in Norway by temporarily shutting down one furnace. This is due to lower silicon sales and high power prices. The decision will have no impact on customers or employees.

Week in Review

The Rubber Division announces their first WORD event for 2023

WOMEN OF OUR INDUSTRY: Join the Rubber Division for their WORD Conversations event on March 29th 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. ET with featured guest Krista Toutant. This WORD Conversation begins with open networking for approximately 10 minutes followed by a conversation between our featured guest, Krista Toutant, the current Chair-elect, and Terry DeLapa, the Rubber Division’s 1st ever woman Chair.

Elkem expands production capacity for carbon solutions in Brazil

Elkem has decided to invest around NOK 200 million to increase its production capacity in Brazil for pitch, a raw material for electrode paste to industrial smelters.

ASTM International announces new standard for recovered carbon black

A newly approved standard from ASTM International’s recovered carbon black committee (D36) provides a test that will help to differentiate products and provide a quality control tool for producers and users. Recovered carbon black (rCB) is a recycled product made from end-of-life tires

Smithers certified to perform UNECE R117 rolling resistance testing

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Regulation No. 117 (R11) provides requirements for maximum tire rolling sound emissions, minimum wet grip performance, maximum rolling resistance, and conformity of production (CoP) for tires imported into the European Union. UNECE R117 testing is appropriate for C1 (passenger car) and C2 (light truck) tires.

Milestar official tire of King of the Hammers

Milestar® Tires announces a partnership with Hammerking Productions® to be the Official UTV Tire of King of the Hammers® (KOH) in 2023.

Toyo Tires introduces the Celsius II all-weather touring tire

– Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. (Toyo Tires®) introduces the Toyo® Celsius® II all-weather touring tire. From summer to winter, this versatile tire provides driving comfort, wet weather grip, and traction in light snow

R.E. Carroll acquires RHD Polymer and Chemical

R.E. Carroll Inc., announced the acquisition of RHD Polymer and Chemical LLC, effective February 1, 2023.

Teknor Apex announces a new eco-conscious Monprene TPE with 35 percent sustainable content

Teknor Apex announced their new Monprene® S3 CP-15170 BLK, an eco-conscious thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) made with 35% sustainable content that includes UBQ™ and post-consumer recycled material. UBQ™ is a sustainable plastic substitute converted entirely from organic and unrecyclable waste. Biobased and highly recyclable, UBQ™ offers a climate-positive solution towards a circular economy. By replacing oil-based raw materials with UBQ™ in TPE formulations, Teknor Apex is helping to address the global waste crisis, preserving finite natural resources, and reducing the carbon footprint of end products which utilize its TPE.

Greenerd designs, engineers new 2500 ton compression molding press

Greenerd Press & Machine Company has announced its latest 2500 Ton Compression Molding Press, with 10-foot square heated platens maintaining 500-degree (Fahrenheit) surfaces to +/- 5 degrees. This 2500 Ton Press is part of a seven-press order which is currently being built in their main facility. The press also features an innovative mold transfer system which significantly improves the ergonomic and safety dynamics for operators, and reduces the press idle time between cycles.

Yokohama’s acquisition of Trelleborg Wheels Systems investigated by UK regulators

London, England – England’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced an inquiry into to Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd / Trelleborg

Bridgestone spotlights versatility, durability with new M863 all-position radial tire

Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) introduced the M863 all-position radial tire designed to help deliver outstanding performance and increased durability for on- and off-highway fleets. The new Bridgestone M863 provides a simple solution to equip tough trucks, concrete mixers, dump trucks, construction fleets, logging trucks and more with a product proven to deliver more miles per tire.

Global automotive tire market forecast at $958 billion by 2033

The automotive tire market size is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.6% from 2023 to 2033. The market is valued at US$ 503.9 Billion as of 2023, and by 2033, the market is expected to hit a valuation of US$ 958.8 Billion according to Future Market Insights.

Synthos to restart production of Butadiene Rubber in Schkopau, Germany

Synthos will restart production of butadiene rubber at its plant in Schkopau, Germany, in March 2023. Recommissioning activities started in the first half of 2022 in direct response to challenging market conditions for butadiene rubber and to meet unmet demand, particularly in the tire industry.

Orion sharply reduces air emissions with new technology at Borger, Texas, plant

The $60 million project also involved upgrading the site’s cogeneration system, which takes heat created by the carbon black production process and converts it to electricity that can be used by the plant. The electricity is also sold back to the power grid. Such energy conservation equipment is used by many Orion plants worldwide.

BMP Medical plans to expand Massachusetts Facility

BMP Medical said this comes as part of its long-term strategic plan to address future growth. It brings its Sterling facility to 80,000 square feet. The facility includes Class 7 assembly and Class 8 clean room manufacturing, packaging and assembly. It also features custom assembly and packaging, custom injection blow molding, custom injection molding and DNase- and RNase-free manufacturing. BMP Medical’s facility is FDA-registered with product design and development services, R&D tooling and sterilization services.

Bridgestone Americas names Wade Munday director of corporate philanthropy

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone) has named Wade Munday as its new Director, Corporate Philanthropy and Social Impact. In this newly created position, he will be responsible for advancing and directing the strategy and execution of philanthropic and social programs at Bridgestone that align with the company’s mission and values, including sustainability, DE&I and stakeholder engagement. Munday will manage the operations of the Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, corporate philanthropy, and workplace giving.

Toyota’s GR Corolla to come factory equipped with Yokohama Advan Apex tires

The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced that it is supplying its ADVAN APEX V601 tires as original equipment for Toyota Motor Corporation’s new GR Corolla, which was launched in Japan in early 2023 and has been gradually introduced to the overseas markets. The GR Corolla is being fitted with 235/40R18 91W size tires.

LIM and LSR injection machine market forecast at $212 million by 2028

The global LIM and LSR Injection Machines market size was valued at USD 138.1 million in 2022 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 7.47% during the forecast period, reaching USD 212.77 million by 2028 according to 360 Market Updates.


ARPM announces first plant tours of 2023

For the first time ever, ARPM is offering a two-facility plant tour at Chem-Trend and Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies on February 28, 2023. Both member organizations are headquartered in the greater-Detroit area and are going to open their doors so attendees can learn about their operations and sustainability practices

Yokohama Rubber’s BluEarth tires to come factory-equipped on Toyota’s new Prius and Prius PHEV

The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. announced that it is supplying its BluEarth-GT AE51 and BluEarth-FE AE30 tires as original equipment (OE) for Toyota Motor Corporation’s new Prius, which went on sale in Japan and globally in January, 2023, and the new Prius PHEV, to be launched from this spring. The tire sizes are 195/50R19 88H for the BluEarth-GT AE51 and 195/60R17 90H for the BluEarth-FE AE30.

Call for papers for the 9th International Conference “Polymer Replication on Nanoscale” in Aachen, Germany

Processes for the cost-effective production of micro- and nanostructured surfaces from polymer material are in great demand for the industrial mass production of functional films and molded components. Existing injection molding and roll-to-roll processes often cannot yet achieve the required throughput and sufficiently high reproducibility for many promising product ideas. The ninth international conference “Polymer Replication on Nanoscale” (PRN), which will take place in Aachen on June 1 and 2, 2023, will therefore focus on processes for more efficient production of functional nanostructured surfaces and present possible solutions.

IISRP opens registration for its 63rd Annual General Meeting

The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP) has launched a website for registration for its 63rd Annual General Meeting (AGM). The event will take place in Boston, MA., from 16 to 19 May 2023

IIRSG adds Fonds Interprofessionnel Pour La Recherche Et Le Conseil Agricoles as their latest member

The Interprofessional Fund for Research and Extension services in Agriculture (FIRCA), was created by Decree No. 2002-520 of December 11, 2002. It is an instrument inspired by the provisions of Law No. 2001-635 of October 9, 2001 establishing the Agricultural Development Fund (FDA).

Carbon black market forecast at $23 billion by 2027

The global carbon black market size grew from $16.5 billion in 2022 to $17.91 billion in 2023 at a CAGR of 8.5%. The Russia-Ukraine war disrupted the chances of global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, at least in the short term, but carbon black market size is expected to grow to $23.39 billion in 2027 at a CAGR of 6.9%.


Goodyear announces layoffs as cost savings measure due weak global tire sales and inflation

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced layoffs for 5 percent global staff or about 500 positions citing cost savings in response to a challenging industry environment and cost pressure driven by inflation.
Global replacement tire industry demand remained weak in the fourth quarter, led by a 12% decline in EMEA. When coupled with the impacts of inflation — including significant increases in energy costs — the Company expects its EMEA business unit to report a fourth quarter segment operating loss of approximately $80 million. EMEA had reported positive segment operating income since the second quarter of 2020.

Rubber Division Technical Training and Scholarship deadline is March 1st

Rubber Division, ACS offers a Rubber Technology Training Award for an individual already in the rubber industry seeking additional education and opportunities for advancement. The organization also has three $5,000 undergraduate scholarships available for students who wish to pursue a degree in rubber technology, polymer science or the chemical profession. In addition, local Rubber Groups and industry companies recognize and support the need for financial assistance in obtaining a college degree

Dow lays off 2000 employees as part of $1 billion cost savings plan

Dow Inc. outlined a series of targeted actions aligned to its previously stated plan to achieve $1 billion in cost savings in 2023. The proactive actions will further optimize the Company’s cost structure in response to near-term macroeconomic uncertainty, while maintaining its long-term competitiveness across the economic cycle.

Ford approves Continental winter tires for models including Mustang, Focus and Explorer

Ford has approved premium winter tires from Continental for its latest Explorer, Fiesta, Focus, Mustang and Puma models. For these five models, the WinterContact TS 870 and WinterContact TS 870 P can be ordered directly from dealers. Both winter tire models offer exceptionally safe handling on dry roads and on snow, as well as short braking distances on ice. In addition, they impress in all weather conditions with precise steering behavior and good safety reserves. A series of independent winter tire tests have given the Continental WinterContact TS 870 and WinterContact TS 870 P top marks in 2022.

Continental launches the next generation of windshield wipers

Continental launches the next generation of windshield wipers, featuring improved technology, a new design and better handling – AQUACTRL2. The new product series offers a choice between pre-assembled set solutions designed to fit individual vehicles (DirectFit) or single wipers with adapters for flexible mounting to fit a wide range of different vehicle models (MultiClip)

Goodyear to report fourth-quarter results on February 8th

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will report fourth quarter and full-year 2022 financial results after market close on Wednesday, Feb. 8, followed by an investor conference call at 8:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 9.

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