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Polyurethane-filled holes improve Wilson's swing
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CHICAGO—Polyurethane is at the heart of the latest generation of Wilson's Distance D300 irons.The new golf clubs incorporate Power Holes, which are through-holes that surround the club's...
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CHICAGO—Polyurethane is at the heart of the latest generation of Wilson's Distance D300 irons. CHICAGO—Polyurethane is at the heart of the latest generation of Wilson's Distance D300 irons. $CHICAGO—Polyurethane is at the heart of the latest generation of Wilson's Distance D300 irons.
Editorial: Two deals show medical to remain a hot business area
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As the rubber industry entered into the new year, it’s clear that the medical industry will remain one of great activity. That was exemplified by two acquisitions closed late in 2016 where...
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As the rubber industry entered into the new year, it's clear that the medical industry will remain one of great activity. As the rubber industry entered into the new year, it's clear that the medical industry will remain one of great activity. $As the rubber industry entered into the new year, it's clear that the medical industry will remain one of great activity.
Withdrawal from NAFTA would cost U.S. jobs, study finds
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DETROIT— President-elect Donald Trump's vows to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and pursue more protectionist trade policies likely would have a negative effect...
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DETROIT— President-elect Donald Trump's vows to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and pursue more protectionist trade policies likely would have a negative effect on the U.S. auto industry, a new study reveals. DETROIT— President-elect Donald Trump's vows to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and pursue more protectionist trade policies likely would have a negative effect on the U.S. auto industry, a new study reveals. $DETROIT— President-elect Donald Trump's vows to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and pursue more protectionist trade policies likely would have a negative effect on the U.S. auto industry, a new study reveals.
Semperit, Sri Trang demerge Thai gloves JV
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VIENNA—Austrian rubber company Semperit A.G. and its Thai partner Sri Trang Angro-Industry P.L.C. have agreed to demerge their Siam Sempermed rubber gloves joint venture, following a series...
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VIENNA—Austrian rubber company Semperit and its Thai partner Sri Trang have agreed to demerge their Siam Sempermed rubber gloves joint venture, following a series of legal disputes between the partners. VIENNA—Austrian rubber company Semperit and its Thai partner Sri Trang have agreed to demerge their Siam Sempermed rubber gloves joint venture, following a series of legal disputes between the partners. $VIENNA—Austrian rubber company Semperit and its Thai partner Sri Trang have agreed to demerge their Siam Sempermed rubber gloves joint venture, following a series of legal disputes between the partners.
Nexen, Toyota Tsusho establish sales JV
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TOKYO—Nexen Tire Corp. has established a sales subsidiary in Japan to handle its growing replacement tire business there, and to reinforce its OE supply relationships with Japanese...
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TOKYO—Nexen has established a sales subsidiary in Japan to handle its growing replacement tire business there, and to reinforce its OE supply relationships with Japanese automobile manufacturers. TOKYO—Nexen has established a sales subsidiary in Japan to handle its growing replacement tire business there, and to reinforce its OE supply relationships with Japanese automobile manufacturers. $TOKYO—Nexen has established a sales subsidiary in Japan to handle its growing replacement tire business there, and to reinforce its OE supply relationships with Japanese automobile manufacturers.
Kanodia sentenced for Cooper-Apollo insider trading scheme
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BOSTON—A Brookline, Mass.-based entrepreneur and private equity investor has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for initiating an insider trading scheme in connection with the failed...
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BOSTON—A Brookline, Mass.-based entrepreneur and private equity investor has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for initiating an insider trading scheme in connection with the failed acquisition of Cooper Tire by Apollo Tyres. BOSTON—A Brookline, Mass.-based entrepreneur and private equity investor has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for initiating an insider trading scheme in connection with the failed acquisition of Cooper Tire by Apollo Tyres. $BOSTON—A Brookline, Mass.-based entrepreneur and private equity investor has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for initiating an insider trading scheme in connection with the failed acquisition of Cooper Tire by Apollo Tyres.
Wacker to add fumed silica plant at Tennessee campus
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CHARLESTON, Tenn.—Wacker Chemie A.G. intends to invest $150 million to establish a new pyrogenic silica facility on the same site as its existing plant in Charleston. Construction is...
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CHARLESTON, Tenn.—Wacker intends to invest $150 million to establish a new pyrogenic silica facility on the same site as its existing plant in Charleston. CHARLESTON, Tenn.—Wacker intends to invest $150 million to establish a new pyrogenic silica facility on the same site as its existing plant in Charleston. $CHARLESTON, Tenn.—Wacker intends to invest $150 million to establish a new pyrogenic silica facility on the same site as its existing plant in Charleston.
Thailand building auto test center to support tire, NR sectors
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BANGKOK—The Thailand Board of Investment plans to invest $100 million to build an automotive testing center that the government views as a "top priority" for supporting the nation's growing ...
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BANGKOK—The Thailand Board of Investment plans to invest $100 million to build an automotive testing center that the government views as a "top priority" for supporting the nation's growing tire and natural rubber industries. BANGKOK—The Thailand Board of Investment plans to invest $100 million to build an automotive testing center that the government views as a "top priority" for supporting the nation's growing tire and natural rubber industries. $BANGKOK—The Thailand Board of Investment plans to invest $100 million to build an automotive testing center that the government views as a "top priority" for supporting the nation's growing tire and natural rubber industries.
Nexteer, Continental to form joint venture
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DETROIT—Nexteer Automotive Corp. and Continental Automotive Systems Inc. will form a joint venture to supply safety systems for autonomous cars.In an announcement Tuesday at the North...
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DETROIT—Nexteer and Continental Automotive Systems will form a joint venture to supply safety systems for autonomous cars. DETROIT—Nexteer and Continental Automotive Systems will form a joint venture to supply safety systems for autonomous cars. $DETROIT—Nexteer and Continental Automotive Systems will form a joint venture to supply safety systems for autonomous cars.
Toyo plans North American expansion
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WHITE, Ga.—Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. plans to expand its North American research and development center, setting up a dedicated business development unit for the market. The firm, in...
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WHITE, Ga.—Toyo Tire plans to expand its North American research and development center, setting up a dedicated business development unit for the market. WHITE, Ga.—Toyo Tire plans to expand its North American research and development center, setting up a dedicated business development unit for the market. $WHITE, Ga.—Toyo Tire plans to expand its North American research and development center, setting up a dedicated business development unit for the market.
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Published on September 9, 2014

ITEC 2014 Paper 22: Worldwide Tire Surveys

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The inflation pressure of the tire impacts all aspects of its performance: handling, treadwear, durability, and rolling resistance.  Halobutyl rubber is the polymer of choice to be used in the innerliner compound due to its excellent air and moisture impermeability, and its resistance to flex-fatigue and oxidative aging.  During the last 15 years, a number of surveys of passenger car radial tires have been performed to identify those features in the innerliner area that relate to improved tire performance.  150 tire brands from 30 manufacturers around the world have been evaluated and will be discussed.  Properties measured include innerliner gauge and composition (polymers, fillers), and liner cushion gauge and its construction.  Tire performances measured were inflation pressure loss rates, roadwheel durability, and more recently rolling resistance due to the mandatory government regulations now in effect to label tires.  Properties and performance of tires varies widely between different companies, among different regions within a company, and/or among multiple brand names within a company.  Using computer analysis, statistically significant trends were identified and are shown.  For example, performance is different for tires manufactured in different regions of the world (namely the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe), by a Top 10 company (based on total sales), and/or when manufactured as an original equipment versus a replacement market tire.  Since tires are a globally traded commodity, where the tire is purchased can show different trends from where it is manufactured.  For example, tires manufactured in the U.S. have the thickest cured innerliner gauges, the highest halobutyl rubber (phr) and halobutyl content (% in the formulation), the highest effective halobutyl rubber level (content multiplied by innerliner gauge), and gives the lowest inflation pressure loss rate values (IPLR).  Similar trends are observed for tires manufactured by Top 10 companies and also for tires made for the original equipment market.  Changes to the innerliner and liner cushion gauge and in the construction of the liner cushion can be observed during this 15-year time period.  Construction changes include using no liner cushion, the liner cushion being continuous from bead-to-bead between the innerliner and the carcass, the liner cushion being placed from shoulder to shoulder, or placed only as strips in the shoulder areas.  Some changes probably result from use of newer manufacturing equipment that help minimize the cord penetration into the innerliner, thus resulting in a more uniform thickness and improved tire air retention.   Presented by Chris Napier, ExxonMobil Chemical Company.