Styron converts Schkopau BR line to Nd-BR

Styron will be converting its  Butadiene Rubber (BR) production train located in Schkopau, Germany, to Neodymium catalysts. The switch to Nd-BR s expected to be completed in the Fourth Quarter of 2015. It will enable the company to meet the growing demand of Nd-BR for green tires and ultra high performance tires. “The Nd-BR development

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Statement by International Rubber Consortium Limited (IRCo)

Officials of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia attended the a special meeting of the International Tripartite Rubber Council (ITRC) in Bangkok on 13-14 March. A statement from ITRC said the inconsistent and incorrect statistical data provided on natural rubber stocks has given rise to negative market sentiments in the market. The International Tripartite Rubber Council (ITRC)

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Styron to focus on S-SBR

Styron has reported a plunge in revenues for the fourth quarter as well as for the full year of 6% and 3% respectively. However the company has delivered US$ 30 million of incremental EBITDA as a result of the SSBR capacity expansion. Free cash flow reached US$ 109 million for the quarter, which included $9

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Why S-SBR matters to the tire industry

The use of solution-polymerised styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) will affect the tire industry in many ways. Most important it will help tire makers to deliver higher-performing tires. Not on its own, but in combination with other materials and technologies. Styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) was one of the first synthetic polymers to be developed back in the

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Asia Carbon completes conversion of carbon black lines

Asia Carbon Inc. has completed the conversion of three lines for tire blacks to speciality grades. Ms Guoyun Yao, the Chairwoman of the Board and CEO of Asia Carbon Inc. said: “This (the completion of the facility) represents an important step in our company’s strategic plan. This new production facility will increase the company’s sales

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Hankook UK selects DHL as 3PL logistics supplier for another 3-year contract

DHL has agreed to a three year contract to manage Hankook Tyres’ UK warehousing operations. The company has taken over responsibility for the receipt, check and stock replenishment for Hankook’s facilities in Daventry, Northamptonshire. Hankook’s market share in the UK has increased over the past few years, leading the company to alter its supply chain management. The

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Tire researchers over-loaded

R&D staff at tire makers around the world are over-loaded. This was one of the messages coming out of the Tire Technology event held this week in Cologne. The pressure of work from new product launches; labelling requirements and re-formulating is restricting tire makers’ ability to work with suppliers on new developments. If suppliers want

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Versalis, Yulex to produce Guayule in Europe

Two industry leaders are to produce a sustainable source of natural rubber in Europe. The natural rubber will be sourced from the guayule (Parthenium argentatum) shrub. The shrub will be grown at an undisclosed location in southern Europe. The two partners in the project are Versalis and Yulex Corp. Versalis makes synthetic rubber. It is a

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