CLEVELAND (Oct. 13. 2011)—Huayu Rubber Co. Ltd. has named Tribute Energy Inc. its exclusive agent and distributor in North America for Neodymium butadiene rubber.
Huayu is a spin off from Shandong Yuhaung, operating an 80,000 metric ton plant Nd-BR plant in Heze, Shandong Province, China, according to Tribute Energy Director Jamil Khan and Director of Chemicals Terry Kim. They discussed the new arrangement while attending the ACS Rubber Division meeting and exhibition in Cleveland.
They said Huayu Rubber uses technology from the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry and employs more than 500. Nd-BR is used primarily in tires, conveyor belts, golf balls as well as other rubber products.
Tribute Energy, based in Houston, set up an elastomers division a few months ago. Khan said it operates three warehouses in the U.S. The company handles SBR, EPDM and nitrile rubbers, thermoplastic elastomers and a variety of other petrochemical-based products.