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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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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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