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Rubber & Plastics News to honor rubber industry's best places to work
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AKRON—Rubber & Plastics News is launching a search to identify the Best Places to Work in the rubber industry. The publication, working with the Best Companies Group, is inviting U.S....
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AKRON—Rubber & Plastics News is launching a search to identify the Best Places to Work in the rubber industry. AKRON—Rubber & Plastics News is launching a search to identify the Best Places to Work in the rubber industry. $AKRON—Rubber & Plastics News is launching a search to identify the Best Places to Work in the rubber industry.
ZF acquires 60 percent of mobility provider 2getthere
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FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany—ZF Friedrichshafen A.G. has acquired a majority stake in European mobility provider 2getthere.The world's fifth-largest auto supplier said March 19 that it acquired ...
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FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany—ZF Friedrichshafen has acquired a majority stake in European mobility provider 2getthere. FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany—ZF Friedrichshafen has acquired a majority stake in European mobility provider 2getthere. $FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany—ZF Friedrichshafen has acquired a majority stake in European mobility provider 2getthere.
Wacky World of Rubber: Using the rubber industry to fill out my March Madness bracket
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It's the most wonderful time of the year.Christmas? No. March Madness, the time where office productivity screeches to a halt as hardcore hoops fans fill out dozens of brackets only to lose to the ...
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News Editor Chris Sweeney is a huge sports fan and this year he's developed the perfect way to win his bracket pool: Pick teams based on their connection to the rubber industry. News Editor Chris Sweeney is a huge sports fan and this year he's developed the perfect way to win his bracket pool: Pick teams based on their connection to the rubber industry. $News Editor Chris Sweeney is a huge sports fan and this year he's developed the perfect way to win his bracket pool: Pick teams based on their connection to the rubber industry.
Elkem Silicones shows off LSR Select at MD&M West
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ANAHEIM, Calif.—Elkem Silicones USA Corp. has been working on its new process for liquid silicone rubber for a few years, and now it's ready to show the industry. The company officially...
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ANAHEIM, Calif.—Elkem Silicones USA has been working on its new process for liquid silicone rubber for a few years, and now it's ready to show the industry. ANAHEIM, Calif.—Elkem Silicones USA has been working on its new process for liquid silicone rubber for a few years, and now it's ready to show the industry. $ANAHEIM, Calif.—Elkem Silicones USA has been working on its new process for liquid silicone rubber for a few years, and now it's ready to show the industry.
Lord to add production in Germany
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HUECKELHOVEN, Germany—Lord Corp. plans to expand operations at its facility in Hueckelhoven in response to what it sees as a fast-growing electric vehicle market. The firm will invest about ...
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HUECKELHOVEN, Germany—Lord plans to expand operations at its facility in Hueckelhoven in response to what it sees as a fast-growing electric vehicle market. HUECKELHOVEN, Germany—Lord plans to expand operations at its facility in Hueckelhoven in response to what it sees as a fast-growing electric vehicle market. $HUECKELHOVEN, Germany—Lord plans to expand operations at its facility in Hueckelhoven in response to what it sees as a fast-growing electric vehicle market.
Natural rubber, latex drive Momentum's growth
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UNIONTOWN, Ohio—Momentum Technologies Laboratories Inc. expanded both its facility and capabilities to handle natural rubber and natural latex requests. The additions, which included new...
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UNIONTOWN, Ohio—Momentum Technologies Laboratories expanded both its facility and capabilities to handle natural rubber and natural latex requests. UNIONTOWN, Ohio—Momentum Technologies Laboratories expanded both its facility and capabilities to handle natural rubber and natural latex requests. $UNIONTOWN, Ohio—Momentum Technologies Laboratories expanded both its facility and capabilities to handle natural rubber and natural latex requests.
Kraton considers divestment of Cariflex business
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HOUSTON—Kraton Corp.'s Cariflex polyisoprene products unit is a strong and growing business, the company said in its 2018 financial statement. And that is part of the reason why Kraton is...
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HOUSTON—Kraton's Cariflex polyisoprene products unit is a strong and growing business. That is part of the reason why Kraton is thinking about selling it. HOUSTON—Kraton's Cariflex polyisoprene products unit is a strong and growing business. That is part of the reason why Kraton is thinking about selling it. $HOUSTON—Kraton's Cariflex polyisoprene products unit is a strong and growing business. That is part of the reason why Kraton is thinking about selling it.
Wacky World of Rubber: Goodyear's Aero concept tire takes mobility to new heights
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It takes a visionary with a truly creative mind to look at the world of tomorrow's tomorrow and see the challenges humanity will face. Moreover, it takes a special person to peer into the future...
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Goodyear's newest concept tire is taking mobility to new heights and defying gravity along the way. Goodyear's newest concept tire is taking mobility to new heights and defying gravity along the way. $Goodyear's newest concept tire is taking mobility to new heights and defying gravity along the way.
Freudenberg takes majority stake in Xalt Energy
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MIDLAND, Mich.—Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has upped the ante on its commitment to electrified technologies. Almost one year after acquiring a 31 percent stake in Midland-based Xalt...
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MIDLAND, Mich.—Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has upped the ante on its commitment to electrified technologies. MIDLAND, Mich.—Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has upped the ante on its commitment to electrified technologies. $MIDLAND, Mich.—Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has upped the ante on its commitment to electrified technologies.
Michelin to foster hydrogen fuel-cell development with new joint venture
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PARIS—Michelin and Faurecia Group, a leading French automotive systems supplier, have agreed to form a joint venture that will develop, produce and market hydrogen fuel-cell systems for...
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PARIS—Michelin and Faurecia Group have agreed to form a joint venture that will develop, produce and market hydrogen fuel-cell systems for light vehicles, utility vehicles, trucks and other applications. PARIS—Michelin and Faurecia Group have agreed to form a joint venture that will develop, produce and market hydrogen fuel-cell systems for light vehicles, utility vehicles, trucks and other applications. $PARIS—Michelin and Faurecia Group have agreed to form a joint venture that will develop, produce and market hydrogen fuel-cell systems for light vehicles, utility vehicles, trucks and other applications.
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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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