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    1. 40 industry organisations call to postpone Substances of Concern in Products (SCIP) database in Europe

      Brussels, 21 September - ETRMA and a coalition of 39 industry organisations wrote a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen calling for decisive action to solve implementation issues within the EU Waste Framework Directive (WFD), specifically the Substances of Concern in Products (SCIP) database.
      The signatories representing a very significant part of the European Economy request urgent resolution of implementation issues in a database designed to support the circular economy as expressed in the European Green Deal. This “SCIP” database is required by Article 9.1 of the updated Waste Framework Directive.

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    2. Malaysia: Rubber production increases 24.7% in July

      by ASILA JALIL / pic by BLOOMBERG THE production of natural rubber in the country increased 24.7% in July to 41,801 tonnes compared to 33,531 tonnes registered in June, according to monthly rubber statistics by the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DoSM). Yearly comparison of the production, however, registered a decline of 30.4% compared to the […]

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    3. Goodyear Progresses Toward Goals in Annual Report

      The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company released its annual report on corporate responsibility performance. The report summarizes the company’s actions in 2019 that demonstrate Goodyear’s commitment to ethical and sustainable processes, materials and programs that can help people, communities and the environment.

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    4. Australian tire recycler can turn old tires into hydrogen

      Australian tire recycler can turn old tires into hydrogen

      Australian tire recycler Green Distillation Technologies, which has already developed world-first technology that can commercially and economically turn end-of-life tires (ELTs) into high value, oil, carbon and steel, can now take the carbon raw material and turn it into hydrogen.

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    5. Michelin and BlackCycle: A major European project for recycling end-of-life tires into new tires

      Officially funded by the EU in May 2020, the BlackCycle partners are pleased to announce the launch of the project today. The BlackCycle project involves 13 organisations1 in a unique European public-private partnership that will demonstrate the technical, environmental, and economic viability of world-first circular processes. The consortium will develop specific solutions to produce sustainable raw materials for tyres: ELT collection and feedstock selection, pyrolysis2 optimisation, oil refining and valorisation, furnace process optimisation, and sustainable tyre performance assessment. As early as 5-6 years after the project, close to 1 out of every 2 European ELTs will be incorporated into the only virtuous cycle of this magnitude amongst all industrial sectors for the recovery of end of life products.

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    6. Thai rubber prices hit near three-year high on global demand

      Thai benchmark smoked rubber sheets (RSS3) began rallying in July and rose to the highest levels in nearly three years at 64.65 baht ($2.06) per kg last week. It has eased a little and was quoted at 61.25 baht per kg on Tuesday. Prices for the grade have usually hovered at levels under 50 baht per kg in past years. "Rubber prices increased from global demand, driven by Chinese exports after the economy began to recover," said Deputy Government Spokeswoman, Rachada Thanadirek.

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    7. BMZ and Continental are making a rubber supply chain digitally traceable for the first time

      Hanover / Berlin, August 27, 2020. For the first time ever, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and technology company Continental are making a rubber supply chain seamlessly electronically traceable – from cultivation in Indonesia and further processing through to tire production.

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    8. BASF signs agreements with New Energy for uptake of pyrolysis oil derived from waste tires and for a joint feasibility study

      Ludwigshafen, Germany and Budapest, Hungary – September 1, 2020 – BASF SE (“BASF”) signed an uptake supply agreement with New Energy, a technology company specialized in the pyrolysis of waste tires, headquartered in Budapest, Hungary. According to the agreement, New Energy will supply BASF with up to 4,000 metric tons of pyrolysis oil per year derived from waste tires. In a pilot phase, first volumes of the pyrolysis oil have already been utilized successfully in BASF’s integrated chemical production site (Verbund) in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

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    9. Cabot to Increase Prices for Rubber Carbon Black Products in North America

      BOSTON - August 13, 2020 - Cabot Corporation will increase prices by $.03 per pound on all carbon black products sold by its Reinforcement Materials segment in North America, effective October 1, 2020, or as customer contracts allow.

      This price increase is necessary to address the substantially increasing costs to provide reliability and supply assurance to customers as the industry rebounds from the COVID-19 crisis and experiences rising utilizations in line with long-term fundamentals. In particular, Cabot is investing in the range of $200 million for NOx and SOx reduction projects to meet US EPA requirements, with additional spending for operating expenses and ongoing sustaining and improvement projects. Cabot was the first manufacturer in the carbon black industry to reach an agreement with the EPA to minimize air emissions and is on track to meet upcoming industry deadlines in 2021 and 2022. Taken together, these expenditures and the associated price increase will ...

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    10. Smithers identifies 20 disruptive tire technologies

      A new report from Smithers, the multinational provider of testing, consulting, information, and compliance services, has identified the top 20 technologies that will transform the global tire industry across the next two decades. The trends identified range from new materials to smart driving concepts.

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    11. ANRPC Releases Natural Rubber Trends & Statistics July 2020

      Prices of NR, both in the futures and physical markets, moved along a recovery path during July with the notable exception of latex market. Despite the growing concerns about a possible second wave of the pandemic and deteriorating US-China diplomatic relation, NR prices have the potential to continue moving along the marginal recovery path, in the short-term, supported by a host of factors which include the anticipated marginal improvement in the world consumption, factors constraining the world production and physical availability of NR , fall in the inventory held in the designated warehouses of the Shanghai Exchange, continued weakness expected in the U.S. dollar, and the support from the crude oil market.

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    12. DuPont takes $2.5 billion charge tied to auto business

      DuPont takes $2.5 billion charge tied to auto business

      DuPont on Thursday and wrote down the value of its automotive business by $2.5 billion as the industrial materials giant struggles with a prolonged weakness in one of its biggest end-markets. DuPont, which makes materials used in products ranging from engine covers to brake fluid, is heavily exposed to the auto industry, which has been among the hardest hit after the coronavirus lockdowns emptied roads and shuttered car showrooms.

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    13. AirBoss Announces Over US$123 Million of Contracts for PPE

      NEWMARKET, Ontario, July 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AirBoss of America Corp. (TSX: BOS) (the "Company" or "AirBoss") today announced that AirBoss Defense Group ("ADG") has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services ("HHS") – Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response ("ASPR") for the manufacture and sale of 50,000 FlexAir™ Powered Air Purifying Respirator ("PAPR") systems, 3,000,000 high efficiency filters and related accessories, including spare protective hoods, for delivery to the Strategic National Stockpile ("SNS").  The contract is expected to be worth an aggregate amount of US$121 million.

      "As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, federal organizations are increasingly examining ways to both manage their ongoing response, and also address their future emergency preparedness," said Chris Bitsakakis, President and Chief Operating Officer of AirBoss. "Based on our work on the recently awarded FEMA contract, ADG is cementing its ...

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    14. Orion Engineered Carbons Commissions New Air Emissions Controls at U.S. Facility

      HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. (NYSE: OEC), a worldwide supplier of specialty and high-performance Carbon Black, today announced that it has successfully completed a significant upgrade of its emissions controls at its plant in Orange, Texas. As a result of these actions, the site complies with strengthened environmental standards which reduce the site’s emission permits for NOx and SO2 by 2,300 metric tons of air pollutant emissions per year.

       

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    15. LANXESS launches Group initiative for e-mobility

      Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is aiming to further strengthen its market position in technologies relating to new mobility: In the future, all activities in this area will be managed by a Group initiative for e-mobility. The new strategy unit will be headed by Philipp Junge (44), currently head of the Rhein Chemie business unit, as of August 1, 2020.

      “Modern mobility is one of the most dynamic growth sectors worldwide. LANXESS has a lot to offer here, from our high-tech plastics for electric vehicles to specialty chemicals for batteries. We want to expand this offering significantly, coordinate it more precisely and position it even stronger in the market,” explains Anno Borkowsky, member of the LANXESS Board of Management. 

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    16. Trinseo Annual Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility Report

      Trinseo Annual Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility Report

      BERWYN, Pa.--( BUSINESS WIRE )-- Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, announced the release of its 2020 Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report .

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    17. Bridgestone Brings New Technology to Volkswagen Electric ID.3

      Bridgestone says it has collaborated with Volkswagen to bring lightweight tire technology to the car manufacturer’s new, all-electric ID.3 vehicle.

      Bridgestone says the environmentally friendly Enliten technology, which enables tires to have a super-low rolling resistance while requiring less materials to be created, is being applied for the first time on Turanza Eco tires engineered for the ID.3.

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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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