How bio-engineering helps sustainability in the tire industry

Today’s announcement that Yokohama and Nippon Zeon have successfully made isoprene monomer from micro-organisms set me thinking about bio-tech in the rubber industry. I first reported on the use of micro-organisms to make isoprene back in 2008 when Goodyear announced its cooperation with Genencor. Genencor subsequently became part of DuPont. Since then, Goodyear has gone

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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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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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