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Private equity firm KKR set to acquire Minnesota Rubber & Plastics
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MINNEAPOLIS—Norwest Equity Partners has agreed to sell Quadion L.L.C., which does business as Minnesota Rubber & Plastics, to global investment firm KKR & Co. L.P. Terms of the...
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MINNEAPOLIS—Norwest Equity Partners has agreed to sell Quadion, which does business as Minnesota Rubber & Plastics, to global investment firm KKR. MINNEAPOLIS—Norwest Equity Partners has agreed to sell Quadion, which does business as Minnesota Rubber & Plastics, to global investment firm KKR. $ MINNEAPOLIS—Norwest Equity Partners has agreed to sell Quadion, which does business as Minnesota Rubber & Plastics, to global investment firm KKR.
Video: Miller calls Louisville Rubber Division meeting a success LOUISVILLE, Ky.—This week's ACS Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference has been a success on all levels, according to Executive Director Ed Miller. LOUISVILLE, Ky.—This week's ACS Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference has been a success on all levels, according to Executive Director Ed Miller. $LOUISVILLE, Ky.—This week's ACS Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference has been a success on all levels, according to Executive Director Ed Miller.
Video: Chair Jerry McCall holds court during International Elastomer Conference LOUISVILLE, Ky.—For every chair of the ACS Rubber Division, all the years of moving up through the ranks culminates by playing host during the fall International Elastomer Conference and Rubber Expo. LOUISVILLE, Ky.—For every chair of the ACS Rubber Division, all the years of moving up through the ranks culminates by playing host during the fall International Elastomer Conference and Rubber Expo. $LOUISVILLE, Ky.—For every chair of the ACS Rubber Division, all the years of moving up through the ranks culminates by playing host during the fall International Elastomer Conference and Rubber Expo.
Bourbon Trail rubber group thrives in second year
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LOUISVILLE, Ky.—When the ACS Rubber Division converged on Louisville for its latest International Elastomer Conference Oct. 9-11, it did so in the territory of its newest rubber group, the...
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LOUISVILLE, Ky.—When the ACS Rubber Division converged on Louisville for its latest International Elastomer Conference Oct. 9-11, it did so in the territory of its newest rubber group, the Bourbon Trail Elastomer Group. LOUISVILLE, Ky.—When the ACS Rubber Division converged on Louisville for its latest International Elastomer Conference Oct. 9-11, it did so in the territory of its newest rubber group, the Bourbon Trail Elastomer Group. $LOUISVILLE, Ky.—When the ACS Rubber Division converged on Louisville for its latest International Elastomer Conference Oct. 9-11, it did so in the territory of its newest rubber group, the Bourbon Trail Elastomer Group.
University of Akron professor emeritus to receive 2019 Charles Goodyear Medal
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LOUISVILLE, Ky.—A professor emeritus at the University of Akron will be the next recipient of the Charles Goodyear Medal, the highest honor given by the ACS Rubber Division. Roderic Quirk,...
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LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Roderic Quirk, a professor emeritus at the University of Akron, will be the next recipient of the Charles Goodyear Medal, the highest honor given by the ACS Rubber Division. LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Roderic Quirk, a professor emeritus at the University of Akron, will be the next recipient of the Charles Goodyear Medal, the highest honor given by the ACS Rubber Division. $LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Roderic Quirk, a professor emeritus at the University of Akron, will be the next recipient of the Charles Goodyear Medal, the highest honor given by the ACS Rubber Division.
Video: Auto industry, global population are driving elastomer industry innovation
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LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Techniques such as high-throughput catalyst research, enhanced analytical science and 3D imaging are accelerating innovation in the elastomer industry, according to the...
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LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Techniques such as high-throughput catalyst research, enhanced analytical science and 3D imaging are accelerating innovation in the elastomer industry, according to the keynote speaker at the International Elastomer Conference in Louisville. LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Techniques such as high-throughput catalyst research, enhanced analytical science and 3D imaging are accelerating innovation in the elastomer industry, according to the keynote speaker at the International Elastomer Conference in Louisville. $LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Techniques such as high-throughput catalyst research, enhanced analytical science and 3D imaging are accelerating innovation in the elastomer industry, according to the keynote speaker at the International Elastomer Conference in Louisville.
Video: Keynoter Schattenmann talks innovations in polymer development Florian Schattenmann, vice president of performance materials & coatings R&D at Dow Chemical Co., delivered the keynote address at the ACS Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference in Louisville Oct. 9. Schattenmann spoke of the innovations in polymer development at Dow that were dictated by the needs of auto makers and a growing world population. Florian Schattenmann, vice president of performance materials & coatings R&D at Dow Chemical Co., delivered the keynote address at the ACS Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference in Louisville Oct. 9. Schattenmann spoke of the innovations in polymer development at Dow that were dictated by the needs of auto makers and a growing world population. $Florian Schattenmann, vice president of performance materials & coatings R&D at Dow Chemical Co., delivered the keynote address at the ACS Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference in Louisville Oct. 9. Schattenmann spoke of the innovations in polymer development at Dow that were dictated by the needs of auto makers and a growing world population.
ITEC speakers urge companies to think green
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AKRON—Green business and economic practices, encompassing both manufacturing and recycling, are crucial to the continuing health and viability of the tire industry, speakers said at the...
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AKRON—Green business and economic practices, encompassing both manufacturing and recycling, are crucial to the continuing health and viability of the tire industry, speakers said at the International Tire Exhibition & Conference. AKRON—Green business and economic practices, encompassing both manufacturing and recycling, are crucial to the continuing health and viability of the tire industry, speakers said at the International Tire Exhibition & Conference. $AKRON—Green business and economic practices, encompassing both manufacturing and recycling, are crucial to the continuing health and viability of the tire industry, speakers said at the International Tire Exhibition & Conference.
Tire industry should prepare to adapt to automotive trends
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AKRON—The tire industry needs to continue to adapt as autonomous and electric vehicles become more popular, said Jim Popio, vice president of operations in North America for Smithers Rapra....
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AKRON—The tire industry needs to continue to adapt as autonomous and electric vehicles become more popular, said Jim Popio, vice president of operations in North America for Smithers Rapra. AKRON—The tire industry needs to continue to adapt as autonomous and electric vehicles become more popular, said Jim Popio, vice president of operations in North America for Smithers Rapra. $AKRON—The tire industry needs to continue to adapt as autonomous and electric vehicles become more popular, said Jim Popio, vice president of operations in North America for Smithers Rapra.
Photos: Smithers Rapra expands Ohio tire testing facility
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RAVENNA, Ohio—Smithers Rapra took another step toward expanding its global effort to work with tire producers with the grand opening of an expansion at its Ravenna facility. The company...
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RAVENNA, Ohio—Smithers Rapra took another step toward expanding its global effort to work with tire producers with the grand opening of an expansion at its Ravenna facility. RAVENNA, Ohio—Smithers Rapra took another step toward expanding its global effort to work with tire producers with the grand opening of an expansion at its Ravenna facility. $ RAVENNA, Ohio—Smithers Rapra took another step toward expanding its global effort to work with tire producers with the grand opening of an expansion at its Ravenna facility.
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Guayule Latex: Physical, Chemical and Rheological Properties

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This Report has been authored by:Colleen M. McMahan at USDA-ARS Western Regional Research Center

Natural rubber is the largest single volume elastomer in commerce, at 9 million tons sold globally per year. It is a strategic raw material used in thousands of applications, critically in medical devices, personal protective equipment, and specialty industrial applications such as aircraft tires. Over 2500 plant species produce natural rubber. Alternatives to Hevea brasiliensis have the potential to provide economic, social, and strategic benefits to the USA. Guayule latex has recently entered the commercial arena as an alternative natural rubber latex suitable for the manufacture of latex medical products safe for people with Type I IgE-mediated Hevea latex allergies. Produced from Parthenium argentatum, a desert shrub indigenous to North America, re-introduction of guayule provides opportunities for rural development as a significant industrial crop. Here we examine the physical, chemical, and rheological properties of guayule latex and rubber produced in the United States. 
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