Tag: raw materials
Smithers Rapra has launched new mixing technology at its lab in Akron, Ohio. The new MXI 1L Lab Kneader Mixer, installed at the company’s analytical laboratory, allows for higher precision and more efficient mixing of custom compounds.
Kordsa has announced the appointment of Ali Caliskan as the company’s new CEO. Also announced by Kordsa is the move of Cenk Alper from CEO to group president of the affiliated Sabanci Holdings Industry Group. Alper has been in the CEO position since 2013.
Exol Lubricants has won the award of excellence from the Commercial Boat Operators Association (CBOA) for its economic commitment to the waterways. The award was presented to Exol sales director and IAAF CV Committee chairman Steve Dunn at the FTA Multimodal awards, held at the Vox, Resorts World, in front of more than 600 guests.
The Chemical Marketing and Economics (CME) group of the American Chemical Society’s New York Section and materials company Trinseo have announced that Christopher Pappas, Trinseo’s president and CEO, will receive the Leadership Award for Outstanding Corporate Reinvention on 5 December 2017 at the New York Metropolitan Club. Pappas was instrumental in tripling Trinseo’s value in the last three years through visionary leadership and focus on safety, technology, financial discipline and growth, the company said.
The tyre cord and fabric market will be worth over U$6 billion by 2024 on the back of robust growth in the automotive industry is the growth driver in the global tyre cord and tyre fabrics market size, according to a new report published by Global Market Insights. The US, India, Japan, China and South Korea are the prominent countries for the automotive sector and account more than 50 per cent of the global commercial and personal vehicle production in 2015. Growing middle class population along with rising consumer per capita disposable income in China and India will complement the automotive business growth by 2024.
Trelleborg will increase its agricultural, forestry, and construction products by an average of 14 per cent. Trelleborg states that raw materials have faced a price increase of approximately 50 per cent, compared to the average price in 2016.
Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered that food waste can partially replace carbon black in tyres. According to their tests, rubber made with the new fillers exceeds industrial standards for performance.
On 2 March 2017 American Process Inc. (API) and Aditya Birla Group’s, Birla Carbon signed a joint development agreement to explore the technical and business potential of combining carbon black and nanocellulose to improve tyre performance. Initial evaluations suggest synergies between the companies’ Birla Carbon and BioPlus nanocellulose products when it comes to lowering the rolling resistance of tyres. Over 70 per cent of the world’s carbon black is consumed by the tyre industry, with carbon black constituting 25 per cent of the tyre weight.
On 8 February a team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, announced that they have invented a new technology to produce automobile tyres from trees and grasses. According to reports, the University of Minnesota’s Office for Technology Commercialization, has applied for a patent on the renewable rubber technology and plans to license the technology to companies interested in commercializing it.
Bridgestone Europe has announced an average price increase of 8 per cent in its car, van, SUV and motorcycle ranges. This will affect all of Bridgestone’s brands and will come into effect on 1 April, 2017 for summer tyres and 1 May, 2017 for winter tyres.
Currency issues have hindered Pirelli’s efforts to obtain raw materials for its factories in Venezuela, and as a result the company will halt production there on 30 January. Reuters writes that operations will stop for a fortnight, restarting on 13 February using raw materials provided by another company division.