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    1. Recycled rubber infill material has a role to play in a Circular Economy

      The European new Green Deal is in line with a vision for a Circular Economy that the tyre industry has been pioneering for decades. Europe, the largest net importer of natural resources in the world, loses 95% of the material value during the first use cycle. By using the resources we already have, we can decouple the European economy from the need of new resources. The recycling of tyres is recognized for its success with over 95% collection rate and a 62% material recovery rate.

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    2. Cabot Completes Placement of Air Emission Control Equipment

      Cabot Corporation CBT recently announced a significant achievement in its project at Franklin, LA site in the United States. Management stated that the company received all its major emission control equipment and positioned the same for completion on site as of Jun 2020.

      Notably, Cabot is the first carbon black manufacturer to partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in conjunction with the national enforcement initiative of EPA to control air emissions from carbon black producing facilities.

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    3. Denka Performance Elastomer Achieves 85% emissions reduction

      LAPLACE, LA – The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality acknowledged in a letter to Denka Performance Elastomer that its St. John the Baptist Neoprene facility completed the voluntary emissions reduction program it outlined with the state, achieving “an 85 percent reduction of chloroprene emissions.”

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    4. ANRPC: Monthly Overview of Natural Rubber Economy

      The Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) is happy to release its Natural Rubber Trends & Statistics May 2020.

      In line with the outlook reported by the ANRPC through the April issue of this publication, natural rubber (NR) prices started recovering since the last week of April driven by the positive sentiment generated by the relaxation of the COVID-19 containment measures and lockdowns, reopening of economic activities across countries, positive developments in crude oil market, and a substantial contraction in the global production of NR. The recovery is likely to continue, albeit at a slow pace and subject to a set of risk factors.

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    5. Australian Engineers Create Recyclable Rubber Polymer to be Used in the Construction Industry

      The versatile new material can be used both on its own, like regular rubber, or mixed with other materials to create a large variety of composites. According to the Australian researchers behind the invention, once the useful life of the product is over, the material can then be recycled almost indefinitely.

      Made from sulphur and canola oil, the polymer doesn’t melt, but can be broken down and reformed by applying pressure and low-level heat of about 100 °C while the material, in powder form, rests in a mould – a process the team calls “reactive compression moulding”.

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    6. AirBoss Announces Appointment of New Chief Financial Officer

      NEWMARKET, Ontario, June 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AirBoss of America Corp. (TSX: BOS) (the "Company" or "AirBoss") today announced that it has appointed Mr. Frank Ientile to the role of Chief Financial Officer.

      “Frank brings broad experience in the diversified industrials space, in addition to specific expertise in the automotive and heavy transportation sectors, to his new role with AirBoss,” said Mr. Gren Schoch, Chairman and CEO of AirBoss of America Corp. “His three decades of financial management experience will be invaluable as we continue to work to grow each of our operating businesses and drive margins through a combination of strategies including new product introductions and continuous improvement initiatives.”

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    7. Orion breaks ground at Cologne logistics center

      Orion breaks ground at Cologne logistics center

      Orion Engineered Carbons has broken ground for a logistics center at its manufacturing plant in Cologne, Germany.

      The warehouse for the supplier of carbon black, which is used for various rubber products including tires, will cover 8,850 m2  and have the capacity for 12,400 pallets.

      Built by construction company Goldbeck, the building will have eight truck docks, and about 100 trucks will pass through the gates every day.

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    8. Bridgestone phases shutdowns in Japan

      Bridgestone is temporarily shutting plants in Japan due to a decline in demand.

      The plants that are being shut down cover tire production for cars, aircraft, motorcycles, trucks and buses.

      In Fukuoka, the Kurume plant will shut its aircraft tire plant from May 27-June 1, June 3-4 and June 6-7, and the section producing tires for passenger cars will be shut from May 28 -June 1.

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    9. NR supplier Halcyon Agri, WWF to set up rubber trust fund

      NR supplier Halcyon Agri, WWF to set up rubber trust fund

      SINGAPORE — Natural rubber (NR) supplier Halcyon Agri Corp. Ltd. and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are joining hands to set up a “rubber trust fund” (RTF) to help enhance the sustainability of natural rubber. Supported by the Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) Incubator grant, the two parties will develop a “first-of-its-kind financial mechanism model” that will […]

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    10. Smithers upgrades low temperature retraction testing instrumentation at rubber physical testing lab in Akron, Ohio

      Smithers has invested in upgraded low temperature retraction instrumentation at its rubber physical testing laboratory in Akron, Ohio.

      The new instrument offers improved temperature control for low temperature retraction testing. Additionally, the instrument is significantly more efficient, which will allow for better turnaround times for customers and improved laboratory efficiency overall.

      “Our top priority is getting accurate data to our customers on time,” said Christine Domer, General Manager, Akron Labs, Smithers. “This investment was prioritized because it will allow for high precision and faster turnaround times for our customers, so they can get their products to market sooner.”

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    11. Trinseo first quarter sales fall 18%

      Berwyn, Pennsylvania – Trinseo SA’s synthetic rubber (SR) business has reported a double-digit decline in first quarter sales due in part to Covid-19.

      Over the three months to end of March, segment’s sales fell 18% to $102 million (€94 million) while earnings (adjusted EBITDA) grew 36% to $15 million.

      The company linked the decrease in sales to a volume decline of 8% as customers cancelled solution styrene butadiene rubber (SSBR) orders due to Covid-19 impact.

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    12. Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. Announces First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

      HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. (NYSE: OEC), a global supplier of specialty and high-performance carbon black, today announced its first quarter 2020 financial results.

      First Quarter 2020 Highlights

      • Rapidly implemented business continuity plan and took actions to protect our employees and our production capability, support our customers, ensure supply chain stability and enhance our financial standing
      • Enhanced financial flexibility by suspending dividend and bolstering cash position
      • Net sales of $336.0 million compared to $384.7 million in the first quarter of 2019
      • Net Income of $18.0 million and basic EPS of $0.30 compared to $19.0 million and $0.32 in the first quarter of 2019
      • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $63.8 million compared to $64.6 million in the first quarter of 2019
      • Adjusted Net Income of $26.6 million and Adjusted EPS1 of $0.44 compared to $23.8 million and $0.40 ...
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    13. Orion reports sharp declines in rubber black sales

      Houston, Texas – Orion Engineered Carbons has posted decreases in first quarter rubber black sales and volumes and expects a larger Covid-19 impact on the segment in the second quarter.

      Rubber carbon black volumes decreased by 11%, year on year to 177 kilotonnes, over the three months to end of March, due to “a sharp decline” in sales as tire and auto manufacturers idled plants from mid-March.

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    14. Global Rubber Processing Chemicals Market 2020: Market Size, Demand by Product, Application and Type of Rubber

      Global Rubber Processing Chemicals Market 2020: Market Size, Demand by Product, Application and Type of Rubber

      DUBLIN, April 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Global Rubber Processing Chemicals - 7th Edition" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. This study covers the global market for rubber processing chemicals. Demand is provided in metric tons for 2008, 2013, and 2018, with...

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    15. Zochem keeps furnaces lit amidst uncertainty

      Zochem keeps furnaces lit amidst uncertainty

      BRAMPTON, Ontario—While many companies in non-essential rubber and associated industries have been temporarily shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic, one of the largest suppliers of zinc oxide in North America, Zochem, continues its operations amidst market uncertainty and concern for the health of its 130 employees.

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    16. Rubber processing: Toyo employing materials informatics technology

      Rubber processing: Toyo employing materials informatics technology

      Toyo Tire Corporation says it is employing materials informatics (MI) in its tyre development to predict the properties and optimise the material structure of the rubber materials it works with. MI is a component of Toyo Tire’s ‘Nano Balance Technology’ rubber material development platform, and was realised in collaboration with SAS Institute Japan.

      The post Rubber processing: Toyo employing materials informatics technology appeared first on Tyrepress.

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    17. Global NR demand set to fall in 2020

      Kuala Lumpur – The Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) expects the world consumption of natural rubber to fall 1.5% this year, after a sharp decline in demand in the first quarter.

      In its monthly trends update published 30 March, the ANRPC said it estimated the global consumption to drop to 13.53 million tonnes for the whole year, down from the an earlier estimate of 1.2% growth in February.

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    18. NR growth outlook falling on coronavirus-induced demand drop

      KUALA LUMPUR — The growth in demand for and production of natural rubber is slipping, prompting the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) to revise downward its 2020 global outlook for natural rubber. The association said it expects NR production to grow by 2.7% this year to 14.2 million metric tons, down from the […]

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