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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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Sumitomo Chemical opens S-SBR Plant in Singapore

Sumitomo Chemical Asia Pte Ltd held an opening ceremony on 10 March for its new styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) plant in Singapore. The plant has capacity for 40,000 tonnes per year and is located on Jurong Island. Sumitomo said the location is close to the growing Asian market and maintains a constant supply of butadiene.

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Wells aims to turn Goodyear EMEA around

Darren Wells took over from Arthur de Bok as head of Goodyear’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) operations toward the end of last year. Since then some big decisions have been taken. The Amiens dispute has been resolved; a racing tire plant in the UK is to close and Goodyear Corporate has announced plans

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Apollo Tyres aims for organic growth post-Cooper

Apollo Tyres has re-set its course in the wake of the collapse of the Cooper deal. The primary ambition remains getting into the top-10 global tire makers, but the tactics of how to get there have changed. TIRes head of research, David Shaw spoke to Apollo CEO, Neeraj Kanwar at the Geneva Auto Salon earlier

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Notes from Geneva 2014

As always, the Geneva Motor Show 2014 was a great place to meet people. Neeraj Kanwar of Apollo told me that despite some newspaper reports to the contrary, he does not rule out working in China at some stage in the future. In common with Continental, Hankook, Kumho, Goodyear and others, however, he says Apollo

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Sustainability in the tire industry-2014

Tire Industry Research has published its first major report. The document, Sustainability in the Tire Industry-2014′ is now available online from the website at sustainabletires.com, or from this link   Download the brochure Download the press pack Fill in your details below to be first to know about publication dates and availability. [gravityform id=”2″ name=”Tire

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Kemya to produce tire elastomers from 2015

The huge Kemya Elastomers project being built in Jubail, Saudi Arabia is on target to come on stream in mid-2015, according to Abdullah S. Al-Rabeeah, Executive Vice President, Performance Chemicals at SABIC. SABIC is one of the two 50-50 joint venture partners building the project. The other is Exxon Chemical Arabia. That is a wholly-owned

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The iFlex – what it says about the Hankook brand

Hankook is the latest tire maker to produce a concept tire which relies on mechanical strength of plastic materials to carry load, rather than pneumatic pressure. The iFlex was shown at the Frankfurt IAA. I chatted with the engineers and their story was a little different from that which has been trumpeted by other publications.

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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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IQPC’s Intelligent Tire Technology scheduled for 25-27 Sept in Düsseldorf

IQPC has anounced the ninth annual conference on intelligent tire technology. The conference will be on 25-27th of September 2013. Experts from around Europe will be at the conference talking about advancements in tire technology. Material selection for optimising performance, state of the art tire sensor technology and how to save resources and time will

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