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Sumitomo Rubber Develops Natural Rubber Grade with Reduced Odor

07/04/2020 Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. has developed what it calls Reduced Odor Natural Rubber, a product that cuts down on this issue in a major way. To create this new product grade, Sumitomo Rubber has introduced a proprietary method for the processing of raw materials at Sumirubber Thai Eastern Corporation Co. Ltd. (STEC), a Thai plant for natural rubber processing. This proprietary method serves to limit the decomposition of odorous non-rubber elements, such as proteins and fats, within the rubber raw materials. The establishment of this new method is expected to help solve the problem of bad odors, not only in natural rubber processing plants, but also in the likes of tire production plants. Sumitomo Rubber notes that since the Thai plant serves to process various grades of natural rubber, it is not as if all of these can be replaced with Reduced Odor Natural Rubber. The company did add, however, that it plans to keep an eye on market trends and gradually ramp up the presence of the new grade. This comes as one of several research and development efforts from Sumitomo Rubber aimed at responding to the global increase in environmental awareness. Other efforts from the company here include broader revisions to natural rubber and improvements to the performance of tires that utilize high-performance biomass materials.


Toyo Tires Introduces Nanoenergy M671 Super Regional Drive Tire

07/04/2020  Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. (Toyo Tires) announces the new Toyo NanoEnergy M671 super regional drive tire. The newest addition to Toyo Tire’s commercial tire line is said to provide superior traction, exceptional fuel efficiency and excellent wear life. It is also SmartWay verified. Improved tread compounds developed through the company’s proprietary Nano Balance Technology are said to contribute to these desirable features. The M671 also incorporates Toyo Tire’s advanced e-balance design, which maintains the tread profile of the tire, while reducing strain at the bead area and belt edge for greater stability and longevity under heavy loads. It also features an optimized wide tread pattern with 3D sipes that provide even contact pressure, increased traction, and reduces irregular wear for longer tire life. The combination of a high elongation top belt and stone ejectors helps protect the casing from cuts and damage, providing excellent retreadability. Maximum fuel efficiency is achieved through the uniformity of the cap and base compound, which increases wear resistance. Advanced tread and sidewall compounds are said to provide increased fuel efficiency. “The Toyo NanoEnergy M671 super regional drive tire signals a new segment specific product for the evolving freight market,” said Dave Johnston, director of sales for commercial tires at Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “The NanoEnergy line encompasses several fuel saving components while maintaining the durability required in higher scrub super regional fleets. This increases the fleet’s return on their investment and maximizes the life of the tire.” The NanoEnergy M671 super regional drive tire is available now in three SKUs: 295/75R22.5 G/14, 11R22.5 G/14 and 11R22.5 H/16.


Fluorosilicone Market Forecast with a CAGR of 9.2 Percent through 2025

07/04/2020  The fluorosilicone market is likely to witness an impressive CAGR of 9.2 percent through 2025, according to StratView Research. Increasing use of fluorosilicones in the automotive, aerospace, OEM, and oil and gas industries, and the rising demand from the Asia-Pacific and the North American regions are the major factors driving the global fluorosilicone market. Fluorosilicones are extensively used in various end-use industries, particularly in sealing applications. These fluorosilicones are largely used in manufacturing automotive components and aerospace fuel systems. Their remarkable properties, such as high and low heat resistance, fuel and petrochemical resistance, and chemical inertness, are further bolstering the market during the forecast period. Based on the product type, the market is segmented as elastomer, antifoams, coating, adhesives and sealants, and others. The elastomer is estimated to be the largest fluorosilicone product type during the forecast period. This growth is owing to the increasing use of fluorosilicone elastomers in various industries such as transportation and OEM. Based on the end-use industry type, the market is segmented as transportation, OEM, oil and gas, and others. The transportation segment is expected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period. The escalating demand for automobiles in emerging markets such as China and India, and the rapidly growing OEM manufacturing in the developed markets such as the U.S. and Germany, are collectively propelling the growth of the fluorosilicone market. In terms of regions, Asia-Pacific is estimated to be the fastest-growing market for fluorosilicone during the forecast period, owing to the easy availability of raw materials in the region and the cost of setting up manufacturing units being low in comparison to other regions. The growing demand for fluorosilicone elastomers, especially in manufacturing sealing and other automotive components, is underpinning the market in the region. China and India are the growth engines of the region. North America and Europe are also expected to offer substantial growth opportunities in the coming five years. Some of the major players in the fluorosilicone market are Clwyd Compounders Ltd., C. Otto Gehrckens, Dichtungstechnik, Chenguang Fluoro & Silicone Elastomers Co., Ltd., Dow Corning, Elkem Group, Elastotech S.R.L., Fluoron Chemicals, Huanxin Fluoro Material Co., Ltd., KCC Corporation and Loparex Holding B.V.


Nanostructured Rubber-Like Material with Optimal Properties could replace Human Tissue

07/04/2020  Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have created a new, rubber-like material with a unique set of properties, which could act as a replacement for human tissue in medical procedures. The material has the potential to make a big difference to many people's lives. The research was recently published in the highly regarded scientific journal ACS Nano. In the development of medical technology products, there is a great demand for new naturalistic materials suitable for integration with the body. Introducing materials into the body comes with many risks, such as serious infections, among other things. Many of the substances used today, such as Botox, are very toxic. There is a need for new, more adaptable materials. In the new study, the Chalmers researchers developed a material consisting solely of components that have already been shown to work well in the body. The foundation of the material is the same as plexiglass, a material which is common in medical technology applications. Through redesigning its makeup, and through a process called nanostructuring, they gave the newly patented material a unique combination of properties. The researchers' initial intention was to produce a hard bone-like material, but they were met with surprising results. “We were really surprised that the material turned to be very soft, flexible and extremely elastic. It would not work as a bone replacement material, we concluded. But the new and unexpected properties made our discovery just as exciting,” says Anand Kumar Rajasekharan, Ph.D. in Materials Science and one of the researchers behind the study. The results showed that the new rubber-like material may be appropriate for many applications which require an uncommon combination of properties, including high elasticity, easy processability and suitability for medical uses. The structure of the new nano-rubber material allows its surface to be treated so that it becomes antibacterial, in a natural, non-toxic way. This is achieved by sticking antimicrobial peptides, small proteins which are part of our innate immune system, onto its surface. This can help reduce the need for antibiotics, an important contribution to the fight against growing antibiotic resistance. Because the new material can be injected and inserted via keyhole surgery, it can also help reduce the need for drastic surgery and operations to rebuild parts of the body. The material can be injected via a standard cannula as a viscous fluid, so that it forms its own elastic structures within the body. Or, the material can also be 3D printed into specific structures as required. “There are many diseases where the cartilage breaks down and friction results between bones, causing great pain for the affected person. This material could potentially act as a replacement in those cases,” Martin Andersson continues. A further advantage of the material is that it contains three-dimensionally ordered nanopores. This means it can be loaded with medicine, for various therapeutic purposes such as improving healing and reducing inflammation. This allows for localized treatment, avoiding, for example, having to treat the entire body with drugs, something that could help reduce problems associated with side effects. Since it is non-toxic, it also works well as a filler, the researchers see plastic surgery, therefore, as another very interesting potential area of application for the new material.


ZC RUBBER to Expand Rubber Recycling Capacity to 20,000 Tons

07/04/2020  Zhongce Rubber Group Co., Ltd. and Nanjing Lvjinren Rubber & Plastic High-tech Co., Ltd. have signed an on-line contract for the expansion capacity of recycled rubber. The project, which will be fully operational in September 2020, will have an annual production capacity of 20,000 tons of recycled rubber, and become China’s leading Industrial 4.0 recycled rubber intelligent plant and recycling demonstration project in the tire industry. ZC Rubber is the only experimental unit designated by the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China and the China Tire Recycling Association. While focusing on the main tire industry, ZC Rubber took the lead to achieve the production, sales, recycling, reuse of the whole life cycle tire management and development model. The company has been actively fulfilling its social responsibilities, basing its development model on sustainable resources, and carrying out pilot projects for the recovery and comprehensive utilization of waste tires. ZC Rubber has been actively cooperating with colleges and universities and scientific research units at home and abroad to seek the most advanced comprehensive utilization technology of waste tires. In 2017, ZC Rubber ordered the first set of recycled rubber production line from Nanjing Lvjinren Rubbber. The equipment is the result of the key project of the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China, developed independently by Professor Zhang Liqun’s team of Beijing University of Chemical Technology, and has achieved environmental protection, safety and continuity in the preparation process of recycled rubber, with excellent and stable product performance in the leading international level. The cooperation between ZC Rubber and Nanjing Lvjinren Rubber in the special period means not only the further deepening of the cooperative relationship between the two sides, but also an important step forward in the green development driven by science and technology innovation. The two parties will continue their efforts to contribute to the green development of the reduction, reuse and recycling within the tire industry.


Dow to expand Silicone Manufacturing Facility in Zhangjiagang, China

07/04/2020 Dow held a signing ceremony for its memorandum of understanding (MoU) for collaboration with the Zhangjiagang Free Trade Zone in Jiangsu province, China. By facilitating expansion at Dow’s signature manufacturing site in Zhangjiagang with potential investments of $300 million in the next five years, the MoU intends to increase Dow’s capacity to meet growing global demand for silicone intermediates and finished products, enhancing the company’s ability to collaborate and deliver innovative solutions with customers. “Due to megatrends such as globalization, urbanization and a growing focus on sustainable development, customers across industries are seeking more innovative, sustainable and differentiated silicone products, especially customers in China and the Asia Pacific region,” said Mauro Gregorio, president of Dow Performance Materials & Coatings. “With the low-risk, high-return investment plan for the next five years outlined in the agreement, we are well positioned to help customers grow and succeed by addressing their fast-growing needs across a wide range of key industries, such as mobility and transportation, building and infrastructure, electronics, and home and personal care.” Through these planned investments, Dow aims to further develop its silicone intermediates and downstream portfolio, ranging from silicone fluids to adhesives and sealants. The Zhangjiagang Free Trade Zone will facilitate Dow’s planned expansion by supporting the company through infrastructure and other services. Meanwhile, Dow intends to share manufacturing best practices with local authorities to improve overall safety and environmental performance in the Free Trade Zone. “The MoU we are signing is a testament to our long-standing commitment to growing alongside the city of Zhangjiagang and our partners in China,” said Yoke Loon Lim, president of Dow Greater China, who signed the MoU on behalf of Dow. “We view China as a rapidly growing market and the planned investments reflect our confidence in this view. The MoU will enhance Dow’s ability to provide innovative materials science solutions to customers in China and across the broader Asia Pacific.”


Global Rubber Processing Chemicals Market is Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 5.6 Percent through 2025

07/04/2020  The global rubber processing chemicals market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.6% during 2020-2025 according to ResearchAndMarkets.com. The growing utilization of synthetic rubber products is among the key factors driving the growth of the market. Furthermore, the thriving construction, electronics, aerospace, medical and footwear industries are boosting the product adoption in the manufacturing of rubber-based sealants, insulating agents, roofing materials and floor coverings. Additionally, the growth in the automotive sector is acting as another major growth-inducing factor. These chemicals are utilized in tire manufacturing plants to maintain the quality of both pneumatic and non-pneumatic tires. Moreover, rubber accelerators are used to speed up the vulcanization process and make the rubber react more swiftly with sulfur. This bridges the gap amidst the polymer chains, thus allowing the rubber to deform when stress is applied and return to its original shape when the stress is removed. Other factors, including the development of chemicals with improved ease of handling, along with rapid urbanization, are projected to drive the market further. The competitive landscape of the industry has also been examined with some of the key players being BASF SE, Akzo Nobel N.V., Arkema S.A., Behn Meyer Holdings AG, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, Eastman Chemical Company, Emerald Performance Materials LLC, Emery Oleochemicals Group, Lanxess AG, Merchem Limited, Solvay Group, Sumitomo Chemical Company, Vanderbilt Chemicals LLC, etc.


Rubber Repair Adhesive Market Forecast at $354 Million By 2025

07/04/2020  The Rubber Repair Adhesives Market is expected to grow from USD 291 million in 2020 to USD 354 million by 2025, at a CAGR of 4.0% during the forecast period according to MarketsandMarkets. The market is growing due to the increase in the demand for high performing rubber repair adhesives in the mining & quarrying, cement & aggregate and steel industries. Strict environmental regulations in Europe and North America are encouraging the development of novel rubber repair adhesives used in the cold bond process. The hot bond segment dominated the market in terms of value, in 2019. Adhesives used in the hot bond process offers a strong, long-lasting repair with a minimal risk of tearing, snagging, and other wear to the belt. They are largely polyurethane-based and have high demand for rubber conveyor belt repairing in the mining & quarrying industry. Amongst all applications, conveyor belts is the largest application of rubber repair adhesives. Rubber repair adhesives are largely used for repairing conveyor belts that are damaged in transporting heavy loads or material handling. These belts are largely used in mining & quarrying, cement & aggregate, and steel industries. The mining & quarrying end-use industry accounted for the largest share in the global rubber repair adhesives market Rubber repair adhesives are used in various end-use industries, such as mining & quarrying, cement & aggregate, steel, and others. The rubber repair adhesives in the mining & quarrying industry accounts for the largest share owing to wide usage in conveyor belts, pulleys and rollers. Further, the rubber repair adhesives in the mining & quarrying industry have better performance properties over mechanical fasteners. The rubber repair adhesives market is segmented on the basis of region into Europe, North America, APAC, MEA, and South America. APAC accounted for the largest share in the rubber repair adhesives market. The growth of the market in the region is mainly driven by the demand from the fast-growing end-use industries. The growth of the market is also attributed to the presence of established manufacturers and technological advancement related to the development of rubber repair adhesives products. China is the leading market in the region. China accounts for almost 50% steel and cement production of in the global market. This leads to high demand for rubber conveyor belts and their repair adhesives in China. The key players in the market include LORD Corporation (US), Fourthane (Chile), 3M (US), Henkel AG & Co. KGaA (Germany), Sika AG (Switzerland), H.B. Fuller Company (US), Belzona International Ltd. (England), Rema Tip Top AG (Germany), ITW Performance Polymers (US) and Eli-Chem Resins UK Limited (UK).These companies are adopting various inorganic and organic strategies to increase their foothold in the market.


Adhesive Tapes Market is Projected to Grow to $79.9 Billion by 2025

07/04/2020  According to the new market research report "Adhesive Tapes Market by Resin Type (Acrylic, Rubber, Silicone), Backing Material (PP, Paper, PVC), Technology (Solvent, Hot-Melt, Water Based), End-Use Industry (Packaging, Healthcare, E&E, Automotive) and Region - Global Forecast to 2025", published by MarketsandMarkets™, the Adhesive Tapes Market is projected to grow from USD 60.4 billion in 2020 to USD 79.9 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 5.7% during the forecast period. The major factor driving the adhesive tapes market includes the increase in demand from end-use industries such as packaging, healthcare, electrical & electronics, and automotive. These adhesive tapes have wide acceptability due to factors such as low cost and easy availability, as compared to its substitutes - staples and glue. Silicone-based adhesive tapes are non-conductive in nature. Key properties of silicone-based adhesive tapes include low chemical reactivity, low toxicity, and high gas permeability, which make these tapes suitable for medical applications. Over the past few years, the demand for silicone-based adhesive tapes has been increasing in various end-use industries. The hot-melt technology segment is projected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period. Hot-melt adhesive tapes are the fastest-growing class of adhesive tapes in healthcare application. These adhesive tapes have an extreme rate of bond formation, which can translate into high production rates. In the US, hot-melt technology is widely used in tape production by key players, such as 3M Company (US) and Intertape Polymer Group, Inc. (Canada). The paper segment is projected to register the highest CAGR between 2020 and 2025. Smooth or crepe paper with different elongation degrees and tensile strengths are used as a backing material for adhesive tapes. Paper adhesive tapes are used in healthcare, automotive, electrical & electronics, and building & construction industries. APAC is estimated to account for the largest share of the adhesive tapes market during the forecast period. The healthcare, electrical & electronics, and automotive segments are the key markets for adhesive tape manufacturers as these industries are expected to witness significant growth. Also, demand from various industries in developing countries such as Japan, India, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Singapore is contributing to the growth of the APAC adhesive tapes market. China is the largest consumer of adhesive tapes in the region and continues to drive the global demand. Major vendors in the adhesive tapes market include 3M Company (US), tesa SE (Germany), Nitto Denko Corporation (Japan), Lintec Corporation (Japan), Intertape Polymer Group (Canada), Avery Dennison Corporation (US), Lohmann GmbH (Germany), Berry Global Inc. (US), Scapa Group PLC (Canada), and Rogers Corporation (US).