Anno Berkowsky talks about Rhein-Chemie, BRICS and Russia

Anno Berkowsky, head of the Lanxess subsidiary Rhein-Chemie said at the opening of the new pre-dispersion production facility in Russia, “Rhenogran – which we will produce at the new site in Lipetsk – is one of our most established and important brands, and has a leading position in polymer-bound rubber additives.  It can significantly shorten mixing

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Lanxess Opens its First Production Facility in Russia

Lanxess has opened a production facility in Russia under Rhein Chemie. The subsidiary company creates polymer-bound rubber additives for the Russian market. The products that they make are mainly used in the automotive and tire industries. Lanxess claims that they invested a seven-digit figure into their new facility. Werner Breuers, a member of the Board of Management

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Puchov Plant Will Receive €100 Million Investment from Continental

Continental is to expand annual production capacity of its truck and bus tire plant in Puchov (Slovakia).  The capacity will increase from around 2.6 million tires to over 3 million over the next couple of years. Continental will invest  €100 million into EMEA for this project. Continental says that the expansion is down to an increased demand for their truck tire

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IRCo Seeks Tenders for New Rubber Futures Market

Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia have announced that they are seeking tenders to create a regional rubber market. These three countries currently produce 65% of the world’s natural rubber but do not have a futures market. They have had to rely on exchanges such as the Shanghai Future’s Exchange (SHFE), the Singapore Exchange (SGX) and the

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Michelin Shenyang factory is on-stream

Michelin has opened the first phase of its new factory in Shenyang, China. The project is huge. Total investment is scheduled to be US$1500 million (1,500,000,000). It will make many kinds of tire, including the cars tires, light truck tires, truck and bus tires. Total capacity will be 12 million units/year. This is projected to

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Pirelli opens new winter tire line at Voronezh

Pirelli and its Russian joint venture partner have officially opened a new tire manufacturing line at the factory in Voronezh. The investment includes a mixing centre. The new line is capable of making the latest Winter tires for use in Russia and the rest of Europe. The factory will begin shipping the tires from March

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Michelin licences Cabot liquid mixing technology

Cabot Corp is receiving royalties from Michelin. The revenues come from an exclusive licence to Michelin for Cabot’s liquid mixing technology. Cabot sells the technology into the non-tire sector as Transfinity. Cabot’s main product is carbon black. The licence covers all tire-related applications for the technology. The licence permits Michelin to build and operate factories

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Conti makes truck tire investment in Illinois

Continental Tire the Americas, LLC (CTA) is to invest $129 million in its Mt. Vernon, Illinois tire facility. The move will create more than 100 new full-time jobs over the next three years. The biggest spend is on a $95 million expansion of the Commercial Vehicle Tire (CVT) production area. This will enable the Mt

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