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Michelin debuts new high-performance adhesive
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CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—Michelin will be leaving an old industry standard behind with some of its lines of tires later this year. After more than nine years of research and development,...
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CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—After more than nine years of research and development, Michelin is launching a new high-performance resin adhesive designed for bonding textiles. CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—After more than nine years of research and development, Michelin is launching a new high-performance resin adhesive designed for bonding textiles. $CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—After more than nine years of research and development, Michelin is launching a new high-performance resin adhesive designed for bonding textiles.
A. Schulman sets June meeting to vote on merger
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FAIRLAWN, Ohio—A. Schulman Inc. has set June 14 as the date for a special meeting for shareholders to vote on a merger agreement with global plastics, chemicals and refining company...
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FAIRLAWN, Ohio—A. Schulman has set June 14 as the date for a special meeting for shareholders to vote on a merger agreement with global plastics, chemicals and refining company LyondellBasell. FAIRLAWN, Ohio—A. Schulman has set June 14 as the date for a special meeting for shareholders to vote on a merger agreement with global plastics, chemicals and refining company LyondellBasell. $FAIRLAWN, Ohio—A. Schulman has set June 14 as the date for a special meeting for shareholders to vote on a merger agreement with global plastics, chemicals and refining company LyondellBasell.
Tekni-Plex expands medical portfolio with Dunn Industries acquisition
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WAYNE, Pa.—Tekni-Plex Inc. is expanding its capabilities in specialty extruded medical tubing by acquiring Dunn Industries Inc. Financial details were not disclosed, but Tekni-Plex said the ...
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WAYNE, Pa.—Tekni-Plex is expanding its capabilities in specialty extruded medical tubing by acquiring Dunn Industries. WAYNE, Pa.—Tekni-Plex is expanding its capabilities in specialty extruded medical tubing by acquiring Dunn Industries. $WAYNE, Pa.—Tekni-Plex is expanding its capabilities in specialty extruded medical tubing by acquiring Dunn Industries.
Raw material prices still volatile
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WASHINGTON—Volatility in raw materials prices for tires and rubber goods has moderated since last year, but is far from gone, according to manufacturers and industry analysts. Tire...
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WASHINGTON—Volatility in raw materials prices for tires and rubber goods has moderated since last year, but is far from gone, according to manufacturers and industry analysts. WASHINGTON—Volatility in raw materials prices for tires and rubber goods has moderated since last year, but is far from gone, according to manufacturers and industry analysts. $WASHINGTON—Volatility in raw materials prices for tires and rubber goods has moderated since last year, but is far from gone, according to manufacturers and industry analysts.
Bridgestone, Goodyear to create 50/50 wholesale venture
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AKRON—Bridgestone Americas and Goodyear are combining their respective wholesale tire distribution assets into a 50/50 joint venture, called TireHub L.L.C., that will operate through 80-...
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AKRON—Bridgestone Americas and Goodyear are combining their respective wholesale tire distribution assets into a 50/50 joint venture, called TireHub, that will operate through 80-plus distribution centers nationwide. AKRON—Bridgestone Americas and Goodyear are combining their respective wholesale tire distribution assets into a 50/50 joint venture, called TireHub, that will operate through 80-plus distribution centers nationwide. $AKRON—Bridgestone Americas and Goodyear are combining their respective wholesale tire distribution assets into a 50/50 joint venture, called TireHub, that will operate through 80-plus distribution centers nationwide.
Impact of steel tariffs looms over industry
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WASHINGTON—Tire manufacturers still are assessing the possible effects of 25 percent tariffs on tire-quality steel wire rod imports to the U.S., but all indications are that the impact...
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WASHINGTON—Tire manufacturers still are assessing the possible effects of 25 percent tariffs on tire-quality steel wire rod imports to the U.S., but all indications are that the impact could be sweeping. WASHINGTON—Tire manufacturers still are assessing the possible effects of 25 percent tariffs on tire-quality steel wire rod imports to the U.S., but all indications are that the impact could be sweeping. $WASHINGTON—Tire manufacturers still are assessing the possible effects of 25 percent tariffs on tire-quality steel wire rod imports to the U.S., but all indications are that the impact could be sweeping.
Photo gallery: Ace shows off expansion
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RAVENNA, Ohio—At Ace Products and Consulting's open house on April 12, visitors showed up to see the facility after the company finished its most recent expansion. Ace added 3,500 square...
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RAVENNA, Ohio—At Ace Products and Consulting's open house on April 12, visitors showed up to see the facility after the company finished its most recent expansion. RAVENNA, Ohio—At Ace Products and Consulting's open house on April 12, visitors showed up to see the facility after the company finished its most recent expansion. $RAVENNA, Ohio—At Ace Products and Consulting's open house on April 12, visitors showed up to see the facility after the company finished its most recent expansion.
Continental developing aquaplaning warning system
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FRANKFURT, Germany—Continental A.G. engineers are developing an aquaplaning alert system that uses signals from surround-view cameras and tire-mounted electronic sensors to warn the...
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FRANKFURT, Germany—Continental engineers are developing an aquaplaning alert system that uses signals from surround-view cameras and tire-mounted electronic sensors to warn the vehicle's driver and engage active stabilization measures. FRANKFURT, Germany—Continental engineers are developing an aquaplaning alert system that uses signals from surround-view cameras and tire-mounted electronic sensors to warn the vehicle's driver and engage active stabilization measures. $FRANKFURT, Germany—Continental engineers are developing an aquaplaning alert system that uses signals from surround-view cameras and tire-mounted electronic sensors to warn the vehicle's driver and engage active stabilization measures.
Doublestar set to take control of Kumho
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SEOUL, South Korea—Qingdao Doublestar Group may finally be gaining control of Kumho Tire Co. Ltd.After nearly a year of offers, Kumho said in an April 1 statement that its management and...
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SEOUL, South Korea—Qingdao Doublestar Group may finally be gaining control of Kumho Tire. SEOUL, South Korea—Qingdao Doublestar Group may finally be gaining control of Kumho Tire. $SEOUL, South Korea—Qingdao Doublestar Group may finally be gaining control of Kumho Tire.
Commerce postpones countervailing duty determination on rubber bands
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WASHINGTON—At the request of Alliance Rubber Co., the U.S. Department of Commerce is postponing its countervailing duty determinations on rubber bands imported from China and Thailand until...
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WASHINGTON—At the request of Alliance Rubber, the U.S. Department of Commerce is postponing its countervailing duty determinations on rubber bands imported from China and Thailand until July 2. WASHINGTON—At the request of Alliance Rubber, the U.S. Department of Commerce is postponing its countervailing duty determinations on rubber bands imported from China and Thailand until July 2. $WASHINGTON—At the request of Alliance Rubber, the U.S. Department of Commerce is postponing its countervailing duty determinations on rubber bands imported from China and Thailand until July 2.
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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.