Suppliers to the rubber industry remained active on a number of fronts. From additives to adhesives, new compounding developments and innovations, there was plenty to talk about in 2017. Here are some of the highlights:
A new zinc frontier
The North American landscape for zinc oxide supply will look a lot different going forward.
Zinc Oxide L.L.C. acquired Zochem Inc. in a deal that the firms say will create the largest supplier of zinc oxide in North America, combining for about $250 million in sales with a capacity for 95,000 metric tons of product. Zinc Oxide said the pair are approved suppliers of about 88 percent of the total North American zinc oxide market volume.