SHANGHAI—The developers of the "Liquid Gold" rubber-mixing technology used by Qingdao Sailun Group Co. Ltd. for its advanced tire lines have formed a partnership with synthetic rubber supplier Arlanxeo Performance Elastomers to evaluate potential downstream applications for the technology,
Ecombine Advanced Materials Co. Ltd. of Huangdao District, Qingdao and EVE Rubber Institute of Sifang District, Qindao disclosed their partnership with Arlanxeo on March 10.
Compared with traditional rubber mixing methods, liquid-phase mixing technology allows rubber compounding materials to be mixed "fully uniformly" under continuous processing and can increase the silica loading in compounds. Ecombine claims this yields performance improvements in tires while also reducing energy consumption by eliminating multiple steps of traditional rubber mixing.
EVE Rubber Institute, an advanced public research platform committed to the application and development of new rubber materials, is credited with conducting the original research that underpins the liquid-phase process. It holds numerous patents on the technology.
Ecombine focuses on ways to industrialize the compound-mixing of synthetic rubbers, specialized carbon blacks and high dispersive silica with ATCM technology. It supplies a rubber master batch called EVEC (Eco-Visco-Elastomer-Composites) to Sailun.