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Racing vs. street tires: Both influence Firestone tire development
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Tire development is consistently evolving, producing more innovative designs across the board. Whether it's on the race track, city streets or hometown roadways, tires need ...
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Tire development is consistently evolving, producing more innovative designs across the board. Whether it's on the race track, city streets or hometown roadways, tires need to perform for their drivers. NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Tire development is consistently evolving, producing more innovative designs across the board. Whether it's on the race track, city streets or hometown roadways, tires need to perform for their drivers. $NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Tire development is consistently evolving, producing more innovative designs across the board. Whether it's on the race track, city streets or hometown roadways, tires need to perform for their drivers.
Bridgestone adding $45 million warehouse to Quebec tire plant
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JOLIETTE, Quebec—Bridgestone Canada Inc. plans to build a $45 million automated warehouse in Joliette, adjacent to its passenger and light truck tire plant there, increasing its ability to...
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JOLIETTE, Quebec—Bridgestone Canada plans to build a $45 million automated warehouse in Joliette, adjacent to its passenger and light truck tire plant there, increasing its ability to serve North American customers. JOLIETTE, Quebec—Bridgestone Canada plans to build a $45 million automated warehouse in Joliette, adjacent to its passenger and light truck tire plant there, increasing its ability to serve North American customers. $JOLIETTE, Quebec—Bridgestone Canada plans to build a $45 million automated warehouse in Joliette, adjacent to its passenger and light truck tire plant there, increasing its ability to serve North American customers.
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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MIDDLETOWN, Del.—The sealing unit of Datwyler Holding celebrated the grand opening of its new medical manufacturing plant in Middletown. MIDDLETOWN, Del.—The sealing unit of Datwyler Holding celebrated the grand opening of its new medical manufacturing plant in Middletown. $MIDDLETOWN, Del.—The sealing unit of Datwyler Holding celebrated the grand opening of its new medical manufacturing plant in Middletown.
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.
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Closing the Fluoro Elastomers High-Temperature Gap: New Developments in Fluorosilicone Rubber

Published on October 28, 2015

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As rubber applications continue to evolve and require higher-temperature performance and higher resistance against fuels and oils, many industries – including automotive, aviation, and oil and gas – are looking beyond traditional materials for solutions.

Applications include everything from turbocharger hose lining to blowback preventer seals to gaskets for airplane hydraulic systems. FKM (fluorocarbon rubber) and FVMQ (fluorosilicone rubber) have historically been used in these applications. Many of the applications requiring the highest-temperature resistance have used FKM. Traditionally, the temperature range for FVMQ has been -60 to 220°C. However, recent advancements in FVMQ technology have resulted in higher-service-temperature performance up to 240°C with peak temperatures to 250°C.

This advancement – in addition to greater stability of properties over a wide temperature range compared to FKM – has allowed FVMQ to now be used in higher-temperature applications where it had not previously been considered. In addition, the use of FVMQ provides 25% lower density, allowing for better weight savings and lower material usage.

This paper focuses on the development of improved properties of FVMQ, showing comparisons to traditional FVMQ and FKM materials. We will compare these materials to newly developed FVMQs with higher heat stability, showing test results for physical properties measured at elevated temperature (up to 200°C), aging performance in automotive fluids (fuels and oils), adhesion to VMQ (as it relates to co-extrusion application), and acid-gas resistance. The paper also explains how FVMQ elastomers can be designed to precisely meet specific application requirements while meeting or exceeding FKM performance properties.