Tag: raw materials

Toray admits tyre cord data falsification

Thursday 7th December 2017 | 0 Comments

At the end of November, Japan’s Toray Industries admitted to 149 cases of quality data falsification at a materials-making subsidiary that span eight years. According to a report by Reuters, the firm said the cheating involved tyre-strengthening cord that was sold to 13 clients by Toray Hybrid Cord.

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Bringing rubber production to Europe: Continental starts work on test lab

Bringing rubber production to Europe: Continental starts work on test lab

Thursday 16th November 2017 | 0 Comments

With sods of soil sliding from shiny shovels, work on the Continental ‘Taraxagum Lab Anklam’ research and test laboratory officially began on Monday. Construction of the facility will now begin in earnest, and Continental Reifen Deutschland anticipates that the lab, based near Germany’s Baltic coast, will be operational in autumn 2018. Continental is investing a total of 35 million euros in the project, a sum supported by a subsidy of 11.6 million euros from the Ministry of Economics in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

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Work starting on Continental’s Russian dandelion rubber lab

Friday 10th November 2017 | 0 Comments

For the past six years, Continental has worked with partners on projects to source rubber from Russian dandelions for its tyre production. In 2016, the company announced plans to establish a new facility for industrialising this process. A seven-acre site in Anklam, not far from Germany’s Baltic coast, was selected for this research laboratory. The tyre maker now reports that groundbreaking for the 35 million-euro initial phase of its Taraxagum Lab Anklam will take place this coming Monday.

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Apollo Tyres & research partner obtain ENR patent

Apollo Tyres & research partner obtain ENR patent

Wednesday 8th November 2017 | 0 Comments

A patent has been granted in India for a special grade of epoxidised natural rubber (ENR) jointly developed by the research and development team at Apollo Tyres and the Rubber Research Institute of India. The tyre rubber compound was granted patent no. 287630 by the Government of India’s Patent Office on 21 September.

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Upstream acquisition: Michelin purchases Lehigh Technologies

Upstream acquisition: Michelin purchases Lehigh Technologies

Thursday 19th October 2017 | 0 Comments

Michelin has announced its acquisition of Lehigh Technologies, a US-based company that has developed a patented cryogenic turbo mill technology for transforming rubber from end-of-life tyres and industrial goods into materials for new tyres and other products. The acquisition was completed on 13 October.

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Bridgestone closes Firestone Fibers, Canada plant

Tuesday 17th October 2017 | 0 Comments

On 4 October Bridgestone Canada Inc. (Bridgestone) announced the closure of its Firestone Fibers and Textiles facility based in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. The closure affects 35 salaried employees and 135 hourly employees, and will be conducted in phases beginning 31 December 2017, with operations completely ceasing in the second half of 2018.

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DowDuPont raises polymer prices

Friday 6th October 2017 | 0 Comments

As soon as contracts allow, but generally effective 16 October, DowDuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers, a business segment of the DowDuPont Specialty Products Division, will increase prices for all DuPont Zytel and DuPont Delrin products.

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Natural Rubber classified a ‘critical raw material’ by EU

Wednesday 27th September 2017 | 0 Comments

The importance of unimpeded access to natural rubber has been acknowledged by the European Union, which has added the raw material to its Critical Raw Material List. the decision was made with the support of the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA), which contributed to the process of revising the List. The association has since welcomed the inclusion of natural rubber in the 2017 List, which is valid for three years.

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Firms from six countries represented in Pirelli’s 2017 supplier awards

Tuesday 12th September 2017 | 0 Comments

Pirelli has named its 2017 Supplier Award winners. The winners came from three continents – Europe, Asia and America – and six countries (China, Italy, Germany, Japan, Romania, the United States, and Thailand).

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Nynas considering India expansion

Monday 11th September 2017 | 0 Comments

Nynas global president and CEO Gert Wendroth said the specialty oil company is looking to expand its footprint by setting up depots and adding employees in India, during a recent visit to the country.

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Solvay reports second quarter sales of 3 billion euros

Tuesday 29th August 2017 | 0 Comments

Raw materials supplier Solvay has announced increased sales and profits in its second quarter 2017 results, with net sales of 3 billion euros (US$3.5 billion), up 11 per cent compared to the same period in 2016.

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Goodyear using soybean oil-based rubber in tyres

Goodyear using soybean oil-based rubber in tyres

Tuesday 29th August 2017 | 0 Comments

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is using soubean-oil based rubber in the development of tyre products in conjunction with the United Soybean Board (USB). The USB is a group of farmer-directors who oversee the investments of a checkoff programme on behalf of all US soybean farmers. The USB provided some funding support for the development of Goodyear’s soybean oil application in tyres.

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MRP acceptance slow but steady, says Lehigh Technologies

Thursday 24th August 2017 | 0 Comments

When we spoke to Lehigh Technologies’ Kedar Murthy in 2016, he commented that smart tyre makers were well aware that they wouldn’t enjoy bargain basement raw material prices forever. What none of us realised at the time was that we didn’t have long to wait before prices went through the roof. Although the cost of natural and synthetic rubber has now come back from the peaks we saw in the first few months of the year, they’re still sitting comfortably above 2016 levels. This is good news for micronised rubber powder (MRP) specialist Lehigh Technologies.

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‘Hybrid’ rubber offers hope of self-healing tyres

‘Hybrid’ rubber offers hope of self-healing tyres

Thursday 24th August 2017 | 0 Comments

The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) encourages us to “imagine a tyre that could heal after being punctured,” and a team from the school has done more than just imagine – according to SEAS, its researchers have “developed a new type of rubber that is as tough as natural rubber but can also self-heal.”

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CITExpo 2017 opens in Shanghai

CITExpo 2017 opens in Shanghai

Monday 21st August 2017 | 0 Comments

The 15th edition of the China International Tire Expo has opened at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center. Exhibitors at the show comprise a mix of growing tyre manufacturers from the Chinese market, international trading companies, wheel suppliers and others, while. In addition to Chinese industry players, Europe is represented by UK distributor Oak Tyres’ Davanti tyre brand, FM Tyres from the Netherlands, and Italian distributor Franco Gomme, while Singapore’s Stamford Tyres and Taiwan’s Nankang add to the international exhibitor base. The internationalism of the show is also reflected in the visitors arriving today from five continents.

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