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Datwyler opens Delaware plant
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MIDDLETOWN, Del.—The sealing unit of Datwyler Holding A.G. celebrated the grand opening of its new medical manufacturing plant in Middletown. The site represents a $100 million investment,...
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Yokohama to combine R&D efforts into new center
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CORNELIUS, N.C.—Yokohama Tire Corp. has opened a new research and development facility in Cornelius, designed to bring together its R&D efforts into one location.Yokohama Development...
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CORNELIUS, N.C.—Yokohama has opened a new research and development facility in Cornelius, designed to bring together its research and development efforts into one location. CORNELIUS, N.C.—Yokohama has opened a new research and development facility in Cornelius, designed to bring together its research and development efforts into one location. $CORNELIUS, N.C.—Yokohama has opened a new research and development facility in Cornelius, designed to bring together its research and development efforts into one location.
Photos: Goodyear tires drive NASCAR tradition
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AKRON—The first thing you sense while you tour the Goodyear Innovation Center Manufacturing facility in Akron is the enormous amount of pride, workmanship and know-how that goes into each of ...
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AKRON—The first thing you sense while you tour the Goodyear Innovation Center Manufacturing facility in Akron is the enormous amount of pride, workmanship and know-how that goes into each of the 4,000-plus racing tires. AKRON—The first thing you sense while you tour the Goodyear Innovation Center Manufacturing facility in Akron is the enormous amount of pride, workmanship and know-how that goes into each of the 4,000-plus racing tires. $AKRON—The first thing you sense while you tour the Goodyear Innovation Center Manufacturing facility in Akron is the enormous amount of pride, workmanship and know-how that goes into each of the 4,000-plus racing tires.
Electrification shaking up rubber auto parts sector
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Electrification is shaking up the automotive parts supply-chain: forcing rubber product companies to add new capabilities to their established areas of expertise in materials science and...
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Electrification is shaking up the automotive parts supply-chain: forcing rubber product companies to add new capabilities to their established areas of expertise in materials science and technology. Electrification is shaking up the automotive parts supply-chain: forcing rubber product companies to add new capabilities to their established areas of expertise in materials science and technology. $Electrification is shaking up the automotive parts supply-chain: forcing rubber product companies to add new capabilities to their established areas of expertise in materials science and technology.
Evonik opens tire silicas plant in South Carolina
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GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—Evonik Industries has inaugurated a precipitated silica plant in South Carolina, aimed at better serving the U.S. tire industry.The $120 million investment comes in...
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GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—Evonik Industries has inaugurated a precipitated silica plant in South Carolina, aimed at better serving the U.S. tire industry. GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—Evonik Industries has inaugurated a precipitated silica plant in South Carolina, aimed at better serving the U.S. tire industry. $GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—Evonik Industries has inaugurated a precipitated silica plant in South Carolina, aimed at better serving the U.S. tire industry.
Long development journey pays off for Tweel, Michelin
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AKRON—For the record, Michelin's Steve Cron isn't a big fan of the name given to the product that has defined much of his 30-year career in the tire industry. That product is the Tweel, the ...
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AKRON—For the record, Michelin's Steve Cron isn't a big fan of the name given to the product that has defined much of his 30-year career in the tire industry. That product is the Tweel, the tire maker's easily recognizable product that combines a non-pneumatic tire with a polyurethane spoked wheel. AKRON—For the record, Michelin's Steve Cron isn't a big fan of the name given to the product that has defined much of his 30-year career in the tire industry. That product is the Tweel, the tire maker's easily recognizable product that combines a non-pneumatic tire with a polyurethane spoked wheel. $AKRON—For the record, Michelin's Steve Cron isn't a big fan of the name given to the product that has defined much of his 30-year career in the tire industry. That product is the Tweel, the tire maker's easily recognizable product that combines a non-pneumatic tire with a polyurethane spoked wheel.
Old Dana taps the fountain of youth
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MAUMEE, Ohio—With little fanfare this year, one of the global auto industry's oldest suppliers began repositioning itself for a business of the future. Dana Inc. has made two key...
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MAUMEE, Ohio—With little fanfare this year, one of the global auto industry's oldest suppliers began repositioning itself for a business of the future. MAUMEE, Ohio—With little fanfare this year, one of the global auto industry's oldest suppliers began repositioning itself for a business of the future. $MAUMEE, Ohio—With little fanfare this year, one of the global auto industry's oldest suppliers began repositioning itself for a business of the future.
Kent Elastomer to expand headquarters
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KENT, Ohio—Kent Elastomer Products Inc. is expanding its headquarters to accommodate its growing work force.The firm broke ground on an extension to the office area of its Kent facility,...
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KENT, Ohio—Kent Elastomer Products is expanding its headquarters to accommodate its growing work force. KENT, Ohio—Kent Elastomer Products is expanding its headquarters to accommodate its growing work force. $KENT, Ohio—Kent Elastomer Products is expanding its headquarters to accommodate its growing work force.
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.
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Published on January 1, 2008

Material Aims to Improve Rolling Resistance and Durability

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This Report has been authored by:Rabin Datta at Teijin Aramid B.V. #with# Pieter de Lange at Teijin Aramid B.V. #with# Bas Pierik at Teijin Aramid B.V. #with# Nico Huntink at Teijin Aramid B.V.

Reducing rolling resistance of tires remains a prime importance for the tire industry. With rising gasoline prices, awareness of the Kyoto protocol as a given, the Euro 5 norm demanding for decreasing carbon dioxide emission, the International Energy Agency focusing on tires to reduce fuel consumption and the California Energy Commission releasing legislation on tire efficiency, the challenge to tire engineers and compounders to address fuel efficiency, i.e. reduced rolling resistance of tires, remains highly actual. Several approaches (varying polymers, fillers, etc.) have been tried or explored but each approach has its own advantages and drawbacks in terms of balance between performance and cost.1-3 Recently Teijin Aramid has introduced chemically activated aramid fiber granules (Sulfron) that reduce compound hysteresis significantly, which translates into better rolling resistance or fuel economy.3-10 This paper presents the results on our latest research in this area focusing on improvement in rolling resistance, heat build-up, flex and dynamic properties. Compounds have been engineered to improve the hysteresis characteristics with a positive effect on wear and tear resistance. Tire test data are presented to demonstrate the improvement in rolling resistance, durability and wear characteristics. A mechanistic view will be provided to explain the advantages. 
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