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NAM honors U.S. senator for his support of manufacturing
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AKRON—The National Association of Manufacturers recognized U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH, with the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence, which was presented during an ceremony at ...
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AKRON—The National Association of Manufacturers recognized U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH, with the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. AKRON—The National Association of Manufacturers recognized U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH, with the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. $AKRON—The National Association of Manufacturers recognized U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH, with the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence.
Cheng Shin set to open two tire plants
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CHUNGHWA, Taiwan — Cheng Shin Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd.'s new plants in India and Indonesia will start production this year, the Taiwanese tire maker disclosed at its recent investor...
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CHUNGHWA, Taiwan—Cheng Shin, which goes to market under the Maxxis brand, is ready to start up its new plants in India and Indonesia. CHUNGHWA, Taiwan—Cheng Shin, which goes to market under the Maxxis brand, is ready to start up its new plants in India and Indonesia. $CHUNGHWA, Taiwan—Cheng Shin, which goes to market under the Maxxis brand, is ready to start up its new plants in India and Indonesia.
USW files complaint regarding China truck, bus tire decision
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WASHINGTON—The United Steelworkers has filed a complaint with the U.S. Court of International Trade seeking judicial review of the U.S. International Trade Commission's recent negative...
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WASHINGTON—The United Steelworkers has filed a complaint with the U.S. Court of International Trade seeking judicial review of the U.S. International Trade Commission's recent negative determination in the ITC's investigation of truck and bus tires from China. WASHINGTON—The United Steelworkers has filed a complaint with the U.S. Court of International Trade seeking judicial review of the U.S. International Trade Commission's recent negative determination in the ITC's investigation of truck and bus tires from China. $WASHINGTON—The United Steelworkers has filed a complaint with the U.S. Court of International Trade seeking judicial review of the U.S. International Trade Commission's recent negative determination in the ITC's investigation of truck and bus tires from China.
Apollo celebrates milestone event
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GYONGYOSHALASZ, Hungary—In a country filled with relics and buildings that date back several centuries, one of the world's most technologically advanced and environmentally efficient...
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GYONGYOSHALASZ, Hungary—Now that Apollo has christened its newest tire plant in Gyongyoshalasz, it can turn its attention to bolstering its presence in the North American market, specifically the U.S. and Canada. GYONGYOSHALASZ, Hungary—Now that Apollo has christened its newest tire plant in Gyongyoshalasz, it can turn its attention to bolstering its presence in the North American market, specifically the U.S. and Canada. $GYONGYOSHALASZ, Hungary—Now that Apollo has christened its newest tire plant in Gyongyoshalasz, it can turn its attention to bolstering its presence in the North American market, specifically the U.S. and Canada.
Photo Gallery: Bridgestone celebrates re-opening of Akron Data Center
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AKRON, Ohio—Bridgestone celebrated the grand re-opening of its Akron Data Center April 18 with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. The $17.3 million renovation project, which began in July...
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AKRON, Ohio—Bridgestone celebrated the grand re-opening of its Akron Data Center April 18 with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. AKRON, Ohio—Bridgestone celebrated the grand re-opening of its Akron Data Center April 18 with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. $AKRON, Ohio—Bridgestone celebrated the grand re-opening of its Akron Data Center April 18 with a special ribbon cutting ceremony.
Bridgestone develops airless bicycle tires
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TOKYO—Bridgestone Corp., together with Bridgestone Cycle Co., Ltd., has developed an airless bicycle tire as part of its "air free concept" technology, the Japanese tire-maker announced...
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TOKYO—Bridgestone, in partnership with Bridgestone Cycle, has developed an airless bicycle tire as part of its "air free concept" technology. TOKYO—Bridgestone, in partnership with Bridgestone Cycle, has developed an airless bicycle tire as part of its "air free concept" technology. $TOKYO—Bridgestone, in partnership with Bridgestone Cycle, has developed an airless bicycle tire as part of its "air free concept" technology.
East West halts operations at historic rubber facility
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BATON ROUGE, La.—A 74-year history of synthetic rubber manufacturing at the same facility has just ended with the closing and bankruptcy of East West Copolymer L.L.C. The East West plant in ...
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BATON ROUGE, La.—The East West Copolymer plant in Baton Rouge ceased operations March 31. BATON ROUGE, La.—The East West Copolymer plant in Baton Rouge ceased operations March 31. $BATON ROUGE, La.—The East West Copolymer plant in Baton Rouge ceased operations March 31.
Aeolus seeks to raise $840 million for Pirelli deal
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JIAOZUO, China—China's Aeolus Tyre Co. Ltd. is seeking to raise $840 million through a public share offering to cover the cost of acquiring a 90 percent stake in Prometeon Tyre...
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JIAOZUO, China—Aeolus is seeking to raise $840 million through a public share offering to cover the cost of acquiring a 90 percent stake in Prometeon Tyre Group—Pirelli's commercial tire unit—and other industrial tire assets. JIAOZUO, China—Aeolus is seeking to raise $840 million through a public share offering to cover the cost of acquiring a 90 percent stake in Prometeon Tyre Group—Pirelli's commercial tire unit—and other industrial tire assets. $JIAOZUO, China—Aeolus is seeking to raise $840 million through a public share offering to cover the cost of acquiring a 90 percent stake in Prometeon Tyre Group—Pirelli's commercial tire unit—and other industrial tire assets.
Editorial: Synthetic rubber suppliers face a crude hard truth
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When crude prices go up, everything goes up. This observation—by Yuka Kimoto, director of marketing for Lion Elastomers—is the accepted wisdom in the synthetic rubber market, and with ...
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Considering oil prices alone, there is no reason to believe that feedstock prices—and, with them, SR prices—are coming down any time soon. However, according to authoritative sources, butadiene prices are starting to fall. Considering oil prices alone, there is no reason to believe that feedstock prices—and, with them, SR prices—are coming down any time soon. However, according to authoritative sources, butadiene prices are starting to fall. $Considering oil prices alone, there is no reason to believe that feedstock prices—and, with them, SR prices—are coming down any time soon. However, according to authoritative sources, butadiene prices are starting to fall.
Mining industry looks to dig out of slump in 2017
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The mining industry is having a difficult time digging itself out of a multi-year slump, but this year's outlook, while still sluggish, is expected to be an improvement compared to 2016, according ...
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The mining industry is having a difficult time digging itself out of a multi-year slump, but this year's outlook, while still sluggish, is expected to be an improvement compared to 2016, according to industry observers. The mining industry is having a difficult time digging itself out of a multi-year slump, but this year's outlook, while still sluggish, is expected to be an improvement compared to 2016, according to industry observers. $The mining industry is having a difficult time digging itself out of a multi-year slump, but this year's outlook, while still sluggish, is expected to be an improvement compared to 2016, according to industry observers.
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Published on September 10, 2014

ITEC 2014 Paper 51: Naphthenic Process Oils--Meeting the Ever Changing Challenges for Non-Aromatic Process Oils for Tires

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The tire industry has seen significant changes in the last few years, especially in the European Union and by extension to the world.  The banning of Distillate Aromatic Extracts (DAE) in tires in January, 2010 required the reformulation and the introduction of process oils to replace the DAE.  These process oils include Heavy Naphthenics Oil (HNO), Treated Distillate Aromatic Extracts (TDAE), Residual Aromatic Extracts (RAE), Treated Residual Aromatic Extracts (TRAE), Mildly Extracted Solvate (MES), and Heavy Naphthenic Black Oil (HNBO).  In addition, it imposed new analytical testing (Bay Protons and 8-marker PAH's) to demonstrate compliance with the regulations.  The new testing required process oil manufacturers to develop test procedures to ensure that their particular manufacturing process was robust and consistent in meeting these requirements.  These process oil substitutions have occurred against the backdrop of change within the petroleum refining industry.  Over the past few decades, petroleum processing has been converting from a solvent extraction process to relatively new technology, severe hydroprocessing, which has had a severe impact on the physical and chemical properties of the process oils and their suitability in tire formulations.  This paper will describe the global refining processing changes and how that affects the overall supply of process oils available for the tire industry.  In addition, in November 2012, the introduction of performance labeling of tires introduced new constraints on the tire manufacturers.  Tires are graded on rolling resistance (improved fuel economy, lower CO2 emissions), wet braking (safety performance) and either noise (environmental) in the EU or wear (performance) in the USA.  The process oil is but one variable which impacts these criteria.  At best, the oil can improve the performance, at worst, it should have no effect.  A comparison of two model passenger car tire tread formulations, using several different process oils, will be presented.  The rubber compounds were evaluated by various physical and mechanical testing.  This paper will discuss how state-of-the-art severely hydroprocessed  naphthenic oils meet the various challenges to the petroleum refinery industry and the tire industry as they comply with these environmental and performance legislation, with a look at possible future changes.  Presented by Ed Casserly, Ph.D., Director--Refinery R & D, Ergon Refining, Inc.

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