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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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TPC elastomers growing; demand from auto/substitution sectors - Rubber Journal Asia -News on Rubber machinery , Manufacturers , Rubber chemical producers and Rubber processorsThe thermoplastic copolyester (TPC) elastomers market is set to witness moderate to high growth in 2019, with demand expected to surpass 180,000 tonnes, with a CAGR of 4.5% between 2019 and 2027. The demand is likely to benefit from broader developments in the automotive industry, especially the growing focus on improving fuel efficiency, says a latest report by Fact.MR. Automotive manufacturers are rapidly moving towards TPC elastomers for production of new high-temperature resistant air ducts, facilitating manufacturers to produce air ducts in a single material and using a single process. Focus on weight and cost reduction, while improving process efficiency are among the key factors that will continue to support adoption of TPCs in end-use industries. According to the study, demand for TPCs from the automotive industry will also be influenced by growing focus on passenger safety. Governments in various countries have mandated the inclusion of airbags in vehicles. Use of TPCs as a cost-effective material for airbag manufacturing will create significant opportunities for stakeholders. The demand for TPC is expected to grow significantly in the US, Europe, and Japan, owing to the rising demand for high-performance materials. Further, China, Brazil, and India hold great potential for manufacturers due to …
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AirBoss expands mixing capabilities in US, Canada plants - Rubber Journal Asia -News on Rubber machinery , Manufacturers , Rubber chemical producers and Rubber processorsCanada-headquartered AirBoss of America Corp’s Rubber Solutions segment is expanding its mixing capabilities at its plants in Scotland Neck, North Carolina and Kitchener, Ontario. The company, which develops, manufactures and markets high-quality, proprietary rubber-based products to various industries, including automotive, heavy industry, construction and infrastructure, oil & gas, and defence, has operated a 13,935 sq m rubber compounding facility in North Carolina since 2004. In relation to the expansion, Airboss is receiving a performance-based grant from the state-initiated fund to facilitate the company’s expansion, which will include the addition of a new rubber compounding line that is expected to double this facility’s rubber mixing capacity and should be fully operational by July this year. Moreover, an additional expansion is planned at AirBoss’s 92,903 sq m (one million square feet) plant in Kitchener. This Ontario facility is already one of the largest custom rubber compounding facilities in North America, according to Air Boss, and will soon be poised to better serve the specialty compound market. The expansion at this plant will consist of the addition of a new dedicated white and colour mixing line. The new mixing line, which is targeted to increase AirBoss’s market penetration in the areas of white …
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Scopic unveils detectable masterbatches for rubber, silicone - Rubber Journal Asia -News on Rubber machinery , Manufacturers , Rubber chemical producers and Rubber processorsUK based Scopic, a leading provider of X-ray and metal detectable plastic technology is offering detectable masterbatches for silicone and rubber, which embed metal and/or X-ray detectable properties into the end material. Such masterbatches are manufactured from a range of well refined detectable additives and either generic or customer specific/supplied base elastomers, Scopic said. “Detectable properties are often associated with plastic consumables in the food processing industry, required typically in items such as pens and clipboards. In food safety terms, it’s also important to consider the role of unseen, internal fittings, and the increased risk presented by loose or sheared seals and gaskets, “ according to Scopic. Scopic furthered that its masterbatches solution has been proven to seamlessly combine with a wide range of existing base materials, including NBR, SBR, natural rubber and silicone. Standard mixing techniques can be used to efficiently generate metal and/or x-ray detectable rubber/silicone compound ready for subsequent processing. The addition of these custom masterbatches allows the flexibility of continued use of existing materials and eliminates the need to externally source and stock specific detectable compound/sheeting. Detectable masterbatches can also be offered with antimicrobial properties, through the use of SteriTouch technology. Products using this combined masterbatch …
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Enviro’s oil from end-of-life tyres can be used as fuel, says RISE - Rubber Journal Asia -News on Rubber machinery , Manufacturers , Rubber chemical producers and Rubber processorsSweden’s Enviro, a company developing, building and operating industrial plants for material recovery from End of Life Tyres (ELT), has formulated pyrolysis oil that can be used as fuel. That is the conclusion reached by RISE (Research Institute of Sweden) together with Enviro and Ragn-Sells in their research project, which was kicked off in October 2017. “We’re currently at a stage where we’ve demonstrated that fuel can be produced from tyres and that pyrolysis oil is a feasible way for the petrochemical industries to reduce their consumption of fossil oil,” says Linda Sandström, project manager at RISE. The project set out to evaluate three different approaches for upgrading pyrolysis oil to higher grade products, with a special focus on co-upgrading to fuels together with fossil raw materials in refinery processes. “For the project, we characterised and upgraded pyrolysis oil through various refinery technologies. At RISE Energy Technology Centre’s laboratory in Piteå, we conducted pilot-scale experiments where we compared upgrading pure fossil oil to oil with 20% pyrolysis oil. The findings showed that that there were no significant differences between the two, and that pyrolysis oil is excellently suited to fuels.” The next stage is to arrange for a continuation of …
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Hankook Tire launches shape-changing new tyre design - Rubber Journal Asia -News on Rubber machinery , Manufacturers , Rubber chemical producers and Rubber processorsSouth Koran tyre maker, Hankook Tire unveiled on 2 January its latest tyre innovation called “Transforming Tire” , the fourth output of “The Next Driving Lab” project that demonstrates its innovative commitment to future driving. The “Transforming Tire” transforms its shape in response to various road conditions. The project started by challenging stereotypes about tyre shapes, something that has never changed since the development of tyres, Hankook explained. Until now, tyres have been designed to only allow the variation of tread and flatness ratio (ratio of sectional height and width of tyres) to the performance necessary for road surface, climate change and operation, based on its original circular shape. Hankook Tire collaborated with Professor Kyu-Jin Cho’s BioRobotics Lab from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, who won first place in the 2016 RoboSoft Grand Challenge. As a result, Hankook Tire and BioRobotics Lab developed a variable-type tyre that can change the tyre shape, allowing drivers to imagine a future driving experience capable of stable, high-speed driving on any road surface with a single tyre. The Next Driving Lab campaign was launched in 2013 with the unveiling of Hankook Tire’s Digital Creative Car on the streets of …
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Lanxess completes sale of Arlanxeo to Saudi Aramco - Rubber Journal Asia -News on Rubber machinery , Manufacturers , Rubber chemical producers and Rubber processorsCologne-based specialty chemicals company Lanxess has completed the sale of its remaining 50% interest in rubber company Arlanxeo to Saudi Aramco. All relevant antitrust authorities have granted the necessary approvals for the transaction announced in August 2018. Upon completion of the transaction, the remaining stake of the specialty chemicals company in Arlanxeo was transferred to the former joint venture partner Saudi Aramco. In return, Lanxess received proceeds of approximately EUR1.4 billion. With the transaction proceeds, Lanxess says it has strengthened its financial base and significantly reduces its net financial liabilities. Arlanxeo was founded on April 1, 2016, as a joint venture of Lanxess and Saudi Aramco. The company headquartered in Maastricht, Netherlands, generated sales of around EUR3.2 billion in 2017 and employs about 3,800 people at 20 production sites in nine countries. The company produces high-performance rubber for use in, for example, the automotive and tyre industries, the construction industry, and the oil and gas industries. The transfer of the business with synthetic rubber into the joint venture Arlanxeo was the foundation for Lanxess’s strategic realignment. Since then the company has been focusing on growth in specialty chemicals markets and made various acquisitions in this area. Share and Enjoy:
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