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Analytics firm said LT tires led sluggish 2017 U.S. replacement market
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NEW YORK—Despite a unit sales decline of 3.1 percent last year, light truck tires led a sluggish U.S. consumer tire market in 2017 vs. 2016, according to the latest data issued by analytics...
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NEW YORK—Despite a unit sales decline last year, light truck tires led a sluggish U.S. consumer tire market in 2017 vs. 2016, according to the latest data issued by analytics firm GfK Group. NEW YORK—Despite a unit sales decline last year, light truck tires led a sluggish U.S. consumer tire market in 2017 vs. 2016, according to the latest data issued by analytics firm GfK Group. $NEW YORK—Despite a unit sales decline last year, light truck tires led a sluggish U.S. consumer tire market in 2017 vs. 2016, according to the latest data issued by analytics firm GfK Group.
Surge in business is a boon for commercial vehicle industry
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The commercial vehicle industry is enjoying a surge in business as the U.S. economy grows, construction projects increase and consumers buy more merchandise. For now, "trucking is enjoying a very...
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The commercial vehicle industry is enjoying a surge in business as the U.S. economy grows, construction projects increase and consumers buy more merchandise. The commercial vehicle industry is enjoying a surge in business as the U.S. economy grows, construction projects increase and consumers buy more merchandise. $The commercial vehicle industry is enjoying a surge in business as the U.S. economy grows, construction projects increase and consumers buy more merchandise.
Michelin debuts new high-performance adhesive
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CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—Michelin will be leaving an old industry standard behind with some of its lines of tires later this year. After more than nine years of research and development,...
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CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—After more than nine years of research and development, Michelin is launching a new high-performance resin adhesive designed for bonding textiles. CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—After more than nine years of research and development, Michelin is launching a new high-performance resin adhesive designed for bonding textiles. $CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—After more than nine years of research and development, Michelin is launching a new high-performance resin adhesive designed for bonding textiles.
A. Schulman sets June meeting to vote on merger
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FAIRLAWN, Ohio—A. Schulman Inc. has set June 14 as the date for a special meeting for shareholders to vote on a merger agreement with global plastics, chemicals and refining company...
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FAIRLAWN, Ohio—A. Schulman has set June 14 as the date for a special meeting for shareholders to vote on a merger agreement with global plastics, chemicals and refining company LyondellBasell. FAIRLAWN, Ohio—A. Schulman has set June 14 as the date for a special meeting for shareholders to vote on a merger agreement with global plastics, chemicals and refining company LyondellBasell. $FAIRLAWN, Ohio—A. Schulman has set June 14 as the date for a special meeting for shareholders to vote on a merger agreement with global plastics, chemicals and refining company LyondellBasell.
Tekni-Plex expands medical portfolio with Dunn Industries acquisition
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WAYNE, Pa.—Tekni-Plex Inc. is expanding its capabilities in specialty extruded medical tubing by acquiring Dunn Industries Inc. Financial details were not disclosed, but Tekni-Plex said the ...
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WAYNE, Pa.—Tekni-Plex is expanding its capabilities in specialty extruded medical tubing by acquiring Dunn Industries. WAYNE, Pa.—Tekni-Plex is expanding its capabilities in specialty extruded medical tubing by acquiring Dunn Industries. $WAYNE, Pa.—Tekni-Plex is expanding its capabilities in specialty extruded medical tubing by acquiring Dunn Industries.
Raw material prices still volatile
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WASHINGTON—Volatility in raw materials prices for tires and rubber goods has moderated since last year, but is far from gone, according to manufacturers and industry analysts. Tire...
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WASHINGTON—Volatility in raw materials prices for tires and rubber goods has moderated since last year, but is far from gone, according to manufacturers and industry analysts. WASHINGTON—Volatility in raw materials prices for tires and rubber goods has moderated since last year, but is far from gone, according to manufacturers and industry analysts. $WASHINGTON—Volatility in raw materials prices for tires and rubber goods has moderated since last year, but is far from gone, according to manufacturers and industry analysts.
Bridgestone, Goodyear to create 50/50 wholesale venture
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AKRON—Bridgestone Americas and Goodyear are combining their respective wholesale tire distribution assets into a 50/50 joint venture, called TireHub L.L.C., that will operate through 80-...
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AKRON—Bridgestone Americas and Goodyear are combining their respective wholesale tire distribution assets into a 50/50 joint venture, called TireHub, that will operate through 80-plus distribution centers nationwide. AKRON—Bridgestone Americas and Goodyear are combining their respective wholesale tire distribution assets into a 50/50 joint venture, called TireHub, that will operate through 80-plus distribution centers nationwide. $AKRON—Bridgestone Americas and Goodyear are combining their respective wholesale tire distribution assets into a 50/50 joint venture, called TireHub, that will operate through 80-plus distribution centers nationwide.
Impact of steel tariffs looms over industry
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WASHINGTON—Tire manufacturers still are assessing the possible effects of 25 percent tariffs on tire-quality steel wire rod imports to the U.S., but all indications are that the impact...
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WASHINGTON—Tire manufacturers still are assessing the possible effects of 25 percent tariffs on tire-quality steel wire rod imports to the U.S., but all indications are that the impact could be sweeping. WASHINGTON—Tire manufacturers still are assessing the possible effects of 25 percent tariffs on tire-quality steel wire rod imports to the U.S., but all indications are that the impact could be sweeping. $WASHINGTON—Tire manufacturers still are assessing the possible effects of 25 percent tariffs on tire-quality steel wire rod imports to the U.S., but all indications are that the impact could be sweeping.
Photo gallery: Ace shows off expansion
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RAVENNA, Ohio—At Ace Products and Consulting's open house on April 12, visitors showed up to see the facility after the company finished its most recent expansion. Ace added 3,500 square...
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RAVENNA, Ohio—At Ace Products and Consulting's open house on April 12, visitors showed up to see the facility after the company finished its most recent expansion. RAVENNA, Ohio—At Ace Products and Consulting's open house on April 12, visitors showed up to see the facility after the company finished its most recent expansion. $RAVENNA, Ohio—At Ace Products and Consulting's open house on April 12, visitors showed up to see the facility after the company finished its most recent expansion.
Continental developing aquaplaning warning system
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FRANKFURT, Germany—Continental A.G. engineers are developing an aquaplaning alert system that uses signals from surround-view cameras and tire-mounted electronic sensors to warn the...
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FRANKFURT, Germany—Continental engineers are developing an aquaplaning alert system that uses signals from surround-view cameras and tire-mounted electronic sensors to warn the vehicle's driver and engage active stabilization measures. FRANKFURT, Germany—Continental engineers are developing an aquaplaning alert system that uses signals from surround-view cameras and tire-mounted electronic sensors to warn the vehicle's driver and engage active stabilization measures. $FRANKFURT, Germany—Continental engineers are developing an aquaplaning alert system that uses signals from surround-view cameras and tire-mounted electronic sensors to warn the vehicle's driver and engage active stabilization measures.
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Published on January 1, 2006

Surface Manipulation of Silicone Rubber Materials by SoftPlasma-Polymerisation

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This Report has been authored by:Thomas Christensen at Nanon A/S

Silicone rubber becomes more and more common in medical, automotive and other industrial applications. The material has excellent mechanical and chemical properties and thermal resistance. However, one of the drawbacks of silicone rubber often is the low surface tension that makes it impossible to coat, print or glue the material. There exist a lot of surface treatment techniques such as flame and corona treatment, atmospheric plasma etching, low pressure plasma treatment or wet chemical etching that can be used to activate polymer surfaces prior to a coating. Wet chemical etching is always connected to great amounts of toxic chemical and waste. Most plasma activation techniques are quite usable for activation of polymer surfaces, but often it is not possible to activate three-dimensional shaped items. Furthermore, the durability of the activation is short, meaning that especially silicone rubber has to be coated a short time after the activation step. Nanon A/S has developed the so-called “Softplasma™” that can be used favorably for modifying surface properties of silicone rubber because of its low energy level. The surface is etched for a short time, and afterwards a thin polymer layer is plasma polymerized on the surface. The properties of the polymer layer are dependent on the functional groups of the initiated monomer that can be chosen from a broad list of compounds. Compared to other plasma types, the Softplasma™ is able to prevent the functional groups of these monomers from decomposing and activates only the sites that are supposed to polymerize. The surface itself will not be decomposed as is often seen in high energy plasma types. Only some bonds of the outer layer molecules will broken and react with monomer fragments which give strong bonds between the silicone rubber surface and the thin plasma coating. Softplasma™ can be used to make e.g. a PU like surface on silicone rubber to coat afterwards with a PU-varnish or in contrary to make a silicone like surface on a hard plastic to mold afterward with LSR.

 
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