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Rubber-moulded automotive components market set to expand - Rubber Journal Asia -News on Rubber machinery , Manufacturers , Rubber chemical producers and Rubber processorsRubber moulded components are widely used in the automotive industry. Raw rubber – in most forms – is readily available and the final product is durable.Functional products can be shaped from rubber materials though a basic process. These products are made using a mould cavity; the choice cavity can be made into complex shapes as needed. Rubber muolded components are used in brakes, transmissions, steering, engines, clutch assemblies, air conditioning systems, batteries, electric motors, and solenoid valves in the automotive industry. The increasing demand of rubber moulded components is driven by general preference to economical and lightweight products. There is also a need for better fuel efficiency. The growth of such components is therefore dependant on automotive production and its consequent replacement market. The automotive rubber moulded components market is expected to change in time with: increased vehicle production increased use of lightweight materials in automobiles and increased safety regulations, emissions, and fuel economy norms Such changes happen in a dynamic cycle; stringent regulations regarding automotive emissions force vehicle manufacturers to produce fuel efficient vehicles, thus increasing the use of the lightweight materials in their production, particularly of rubber moulded components. Companies are now using rubber components in place of …
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Guayule medical gloves that are non-allergic, can block radiation - Rubber Journal Asia -News on Rubber machinery , Manufacturers , Rubber chemical producers and Rubber processorsAn Ohio State University researcher and her team have created the first medical glove that can block radiation while meeting federal guidelines and not triggering allergic reactions. The Radiation Attenuation (RA) medical glove developed by Katrina Cornish, an Ohio Research Scholar and holder of the Endowed Chair in Bio-based Emergent Materials at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), and her team uses rubber from guayule, a shrub native to the southwestern US and northern Mexico. Unlike the RA gloves currently available on the market, the innovative glove utilises guayule natural rubber, which does not cause allergic reactions, according to extensive testing by Cornish and her team. The glove was developed in partnership with EnergyEne, a Wooster-based startup led by Cornish. Medical professionals typically prefer gloves made from natural rubber because they are stronger, provide better protection against pathogens, and cause less hand fatigue. RA gloves are required for medical professionals performing procedures such as X-rays or radiation treatment of a tumour. Cornish said the only other RA medical glove that protects against both radiation and bloodborne pathogens is produced by a company in Italy. But that glove is made from Hevea rubber, which contains proteins that can …
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Bridgestone to acquire TomTom’s digital fleet business for EUR910 mn - Rubber Journal Asia -News on Rubber machinery , Manufacturers , Rubber chemical producers and Rubber processorsBridgestone Europe NV/SA, a subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation in EMEA, has entered into an agreement with TomTom to acquire its telematics business, for a cash consideration of EUR910 million. The transaction is anticipated to be completed latest in the 2nd quarter of 2019, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions such as regulatory approvals. TomTom is the number one provider of digital fleet solutions in Europe, a marketplace with very diverse in legal, commercial and cultural requirements. Its digital fleet solutions business has successfully demonstrated its ability to operate in complex and demanding market environments and has continued to strengthen its potential to expand globally. The transaction will bring together the world’s largest tyre and rubber company with the number one provider of digital fleet solutions in Europe, creating a leading data platform for connected vehicles. TomTom Telematics will accelerate Bridgestone on its journey to becoming a mobility solutions leader in the region, and the combination of both companies’ offerings will allow Bridgestone to cross-sell tyres and solutions to a larger customer base. Furthermore, the data access will enhance Bridgestone’s virtual tyre development and testing as well as connected tyre innovation benefiting all customers including OEMs. New social, economic …
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Shepherd to expand European ops - Rubber Journal Asia -News on Rubber machinery , Manufacturers , Rubber chemical producers and Rubber processorsUS-based lubricant additives firm Shepherd Chemical is investing US$8.5 million to expand its Mirecourt, France European operation. The projected growth path at the Mirecourt location includes the addition of a third reactor, a new warehouse, and upgraded R&D pilot facilities. Combined with recent investments in Shepherd’s Norwood, Ohio operations, Shepherd’s latest global investment represents an ongoing commitment to: Grow with customers all over the world, specifically in the areas of high performance lubricant additives, chemical-manufacturing catalysts for enhanced process efficiencies, rubber adhesion promoters for radial tyre safety, and refinery desulfurization catalysts for cleaner fuels. Customize co-development capabilities for synthesis, scale-up and manufacturing of specialty metal chemistries with partners. Sustainability by making continuous improvements to further reduce the environmental footprint and promote worker safety. Shepherd acquired the Mirecourt site in 1994 as part of a global expansion in cobalt-based rubber adhesion promoters. Over the last 25 years, the Mirecourt product line has diversified across industries and gained customers with an enhanced focus and expertise on metal chemistry innovation. The location has also managed to grow manufacturing volumes over 500%. The Mirecourt, France location is expected to begin production in the new reactor in late 2019, which has the potential to double …
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