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Ohio shuttle showdown highlights autonomous vehicle hurdles
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COLUMBUS, Ohio—Plans for a low-speed autonomous shuttle service in Columbus have sparked a showdown between transit workers and government officials that could preview long-term problems for ...
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Apollo rolls out first truck tires from plant in Hungary
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GYONGYOSHALASZ, Hungary—Nearly 18 months after opening its tire plant in Gyongyoshalasz, Apollo Tyres Ltd. has inaugurated production of truck tires, bringing the plant another step closer...
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GYONGYOSHALASZ, Hungary—Nearly 18 months after opening its tire plant in Gyongyoshalasz, Apollo Tyres has inaugurated production of truck tires, bringing the plant another step closer to full capacity. GYONGYOSHALASZ, Hungary—Nearly 18 months after opening its tire plant in Gyongyoshalasz, Apollo Tyres has inaugurated production of truck tires, bringing the plant another step closer to full capacity. $GYONGYOSHALASZ, Hungary—Nearly 18 months after opening its tire plant in Gyongyoshalasz, Apollo Tyres has inaugurated production of truck tires, bringing the plant another step closer to full capacity.
Auto makers, suppliers taking tiny steps toward big sustainability goals
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NOVI, Mich.—Sustainability is a hot-button issue for a lot of auto makers and suppliers today, but for Ford Motor Co.'s Debbie Mielewski, it's a topic that is deeply rooted in her livelihood ...
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NOVI, Mich.—Sustainability is a hot-button issue for a lot of auto makers and suppliers today, but for Ford Motor Co.'s Debbie Mielewski, it's a topic that is deeply rooted in her livelihood and entrenched in her everyday habits. NOVI, Mich.—Sustainability is a hot-button issue for a lot of auto makers and suppliers today, but for Ford Motor Co.'s Debbie Mielewski, it's a topic that is deeply rooted in her livelihood and entrenched in her everyday habits. $NOVI, Mich.—Sustainability is a hot-button issue for a lot of auto makers and suppliers today, but for Ford Motor Co.'s Debbie Mielewski, it's a topic that is deeply rooted in her livelihood and entrenched in her everyday habits.
China retaliates in tariff feud, focuses on U.S. tires, rubber
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BEIJING—China is retaliating against the Trump administration's decision to impose $200 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods by enacting $60 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods, including ...
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BEIJING—China is retaliating against the Trump administration's decision to impose $200 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods by enacting $60 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods, including tires, synthetic rubber and butadiene. BEIJING—China is retaliating against the Trump administration's decision to impose $200 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods by enacting $60 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods, including tires, synthetic rubber and butadiene. $BEIJING—China is retaliating against the Trump administration's decision to impose $200 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods by enacting $60 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods, including tires, synthetic rubber and butadiene.
Wacky World of Rubber: Certain things just are not re-usable
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Some things would seem to be self-evident. But that isn't always the case, judging by the warning recently put out by the Centers for Disease Control that condoms should not be re-used. And not...
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Manufacturing sector split as Trump moves forward on Chinese tariffs
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WASHINGTON—President Trump has announced he will go ahead with new tariffs worth an estimated $200 billion on more than 5,700 products imported from China. Most business sectors in the U.S.,...
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WASHINGTON—President Trump has announced he will go ahead with new tariffs worth an estimated $200 billion on more than 5,700 products imported from China. WASHINGTON—President Trump has announced he will go ahead with new tariffs worth an estimated $200 billion on more than 5,700 products imported from China. $WASHINGTON—President Trump has announced he will go ahead with new tariffs worth an estimated $200 billion on more than 5,700 products imported from China.
Clariant, Sabic to merge part of materials portfolio
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MUTTENZ, Switzerland—Materials supplier Clariant A.G. and Saudi chemical company Sabic are to merge parts of their businesses in a bid to create a leading supplier of high-performance...
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Univar to buy Nexeo for $2 billion, may sell plastics unit
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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.—In a blockbuster materials distribution deal, Univar Inc. is acquiring Nexeo Solutions Inc. for $2 billion. But before the ink was dry on the Sept. 17 deal, Univar...
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NHTSA, EPA under fire for fuel economy standards hearing schedule
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WASHINGTON—Federal and state regulators will host four listening sessions during the week of Sept. 24, focusing on a contentious proposal that would weaken federal fuel economy and emission...
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Fairprene know-how drives recent Trelleborg expansions
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RUTHERFORDTON, N.C.—Trelleborg Engineered Coated Fabrics has significantly increased its capabilities and expanded its geographic reach in the last year, thanks primarily to recent...
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RUTHERFORDTON, N.C.—Trelleborg Engineered Coated Fabrics has significantly increased its capabilities and expanded its geographic reach in the last year, thanks primarily to recent acquisitions. RUTHERFORDTON, N.C.—Trelleborg Engineered Coated Fabrics has significantly increased its capabilities and expanded its geographic reach in the last year, thanks primarily to recent acquisitions. $RUTHERFORDTON, N.C.—Trelleborg Engineered Coated Fabrics has significantly increased its capabilities and expanded its geographic reach in the last year, thanks primarily to recent acquisitions.
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Published on September 23, 2010

Agilon™ Performance Silicas Improving Productivity & Tire Performance

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Rising fuel costs, a wide range of national and international legislation, and increased public attention continue to encourage the automotive industry to pursue increasingly environmentally friendly passenger car tires with improved fuel efficiency and safety. These demands require further expansion of the rolling resistance, traction, and treadwear ("magic") triangle beyond the benefits supplied by the current conventional highly dispersible silica / in-situ silane system. Agilon™ Performance Silica makes use of the appropriate combination of a core precipitated silica particle with a significant organic surface, made up of coupling and non-coupling agents, to enable the appropriate development of filler-filler and polymer-filler interaction within hydrocarbon polymer based compounds to enable this further expansion of the "magic" triangle. The results in this study further confirm that formulations that are appropriately adjusted to make use of these improvements will address the required further expansion of the "magic" triangle. These adjustments take into account the change in skeletal density, the significant decrease in the polarity of the filler surface plus compensating for the significant reduction in sulfur as a result of no longer requiring the silane used in the current conventional system. This paper also touches on the significant increase in productivity provided by fillers produced from the Agilon™ Performance Silica technology platform. 
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