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The South Korean tyre manufacturer Hankook Tire announced that it has successfully completed ride and handling tests for its latest iFlex non-pneumatic tyre (NPT). The iFlex is the fifth NPT concept tyre from Hankook Tire.  

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Jan Wikström has been appointed new President of Hexpol Gaskets and Hexpol Profiles within the Hexpol Group.

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BASF announced that it will form a global business unit combining all of its pigments activities effective January 2016.

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James Murphy has been named as President and CEO of Davis-Standard, LLC, headquartered in Pawcatuck, CT, USA.

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Sumitomo (SHI) Demag announced that its production sites in Schwaig and Wiehe, Germany, will now focus on their core competencies to boost efficiency and flexibility in the production of injection moulding machines.

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Global tire makers are enjoying a boom time mainly thanks to the decline in prices of natural rubber.  

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Bhavesh V. “Bob” Patel has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of LyondellBasell, effective 12 January 2015. Patel succeeds James L. Gallogly, who previously announced his plan to retire.

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As of 1 July 2015, the Hamburg-based German Nordmann, Rassmann GmbH (NRC) has renamed its private-label silicone and fluorosilicone rubber compounds, which are distributed worldwide.

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Hexpol Compounding, a global provider of elastomer compounds, announced that it will invest approximately USD 9.2 million in the installation of a new 135 L rubber mixing line, including significant building and infrastructure extensions to its facility in Querétaro, Mexico.

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Azelis has been appointed by Evonik Industries as distributor for the Aerosil and Sipernat ranges of silica products to the Food, Personal Care, and Pharma Industries in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland.

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DP World, the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) "leading" marine terminal operator, has reached an agreement with a Dow Chemical affiliate based in Jebel Ali to support the distribution of Dow's products, local media reports said.

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