Technology Developers Rhodia & Dow Corning to Exhibit at Expo
Rhodia and Dow Corning Corporation are to exhibit together at Tire Technology Expo, which is being held in Hamburg, Germany, between February 17 and 19. The two companies can be found in Hall 1, at Stand 4140.
The companies’ joint appearance at the exhibition follows last November’s announced agreement to develop and market new tyre industry silica/silane products. The aim of the agreement, according to Rhodia, is to develop and commercialise innovative silica/silane combinations, principally for the tyre industry where the association of precipitated silica and silane is used in low-energy tyres to help reduce rolling resistance. Silane is the component that enhances the interaction between polymer and silica.
Through this partnership, Dow Corning and Rhodia see opportunities to create breakthrough solutions for their customers, enabling further performance improvements in the field of sustainable mobility. “This collaboration between two global leaders – Rhodia for high-performance silica and Dow Corning for silanes – will further strengthen our technological leadership on a high-growth market” said Rhodia chairman and CEO Jean-Pierre Clamadieu. “Rhodia confirms its strategic focus on markets driven by sustainable development concerns, which currently represent 30 per cent of the group’s sales.”
Stephanie Burns, chairman, president and CEO of Dow Corning, commented: “We are proud to partner with Rhodia to continue our drive towards innovative, fuel-saving technologies. From this common development platform, we can better deliver innovative solutions and enable tyre manufacturers to meet customer demand for more sustainable technologies.”