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Evonik announced that it is fully on track to expand its production capacities for its Ultrasil tyre silica. The new plant in Americana, Brazil, commissioned in July 2016, has already reached full capacity due to high regional demand. Commercial production is also underway in the plant in Charleston, USA, which was opened in October 2018. The expansion of the production plant in Adapazari, Turkey, will primarily serve customers in southeastern Europe and the Middle East. Designed to increase capacity by 40,000 t, the construction project is on schedule and expected to be completed in late 2019.

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Reza Taherian, Ayesha Kausar, William Andrew Publishing/Elsevier, Oxford, UK, 2018, 1st ed., 432 p., hardcover ISBN 978-0-128-12541-0, eBook ISBN 978-0-128-12542-7, USD 160

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The International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) has announced the election of Enrico Lucchese as Chairperson of the Group’s Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) for the period 2019-2021. Kenji Kurata has been elected Vice Chairperson. The IAP is formed by 30 industry representatives.

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Gelest has appointed Jim Whitlock to the newly created position of Chief Operations Officer. He has over 30 years of experience in the silicone business, including roles as senior vice president and corporate vice president with Dow Corning in its Core Products Business and Global Manufacturing and Engineering Operations. Whitlock joins Gelest from Honeywell, where he served as vice president of Integrated Supply Chain for their Performance Materials & Technology business Group.

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In spring 2020, the IKV - Institute for Plastics Processing in Industry and Craft at RWTH Aachen University will hold an International Symposium on Plastics Technology in Aachen, and invites scientists from all over the world to submit papers. The scientific symposium will be held entirely in English on 10 March 2020, the day before the IKV Colloquium. IKV is calling for abstracts for papers or suggestions for posters in English for initial appraisal by 15 May 2019.

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Graphene nanotubes can improve abrasion resistance of a rubber stator by 20 % and increase tensile modulus by 30 %.(Source: Ocsial)

One of the largest Chinese producers of PDM drilling tools, Orient Energy & Technology Ltd., has found that graphene nanotubes improve abrasion resistance of the rubber stator by 20 % and increase tensile modulus by 30 %, resulting in a shortened drilling cycle, reduced energy consumption and less environmental pollution from the drilling equipment. Orient Energy & Technology has completed laboratory testing of nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) containing Tuball graphene nanotubes supplied by Ocsial. According to Ocsial just 1.7 wt% of graphene nanotube concentrate introduced into NBR was found to increase the tensile modulus by 30 %.

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Parker Hannifin Corporation, a specialist in motion and control technologies, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Lord Corporation for approximately USD 3.675 billion in cash. The transaction is expected to be completed within the next four to six months. Upon closing of the transaction, Lord will be combined with Parker’s Engineered Materials Group.

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With effect from 1 January 2019, Lehmann&Voss&Co. took over the business operations of the Osthoff Omega Group, based in Norderstedt near Hamburg, Germany. This acquisition increases LuV’s portfolio in the field of functional and lightweight fillers, such as hollow and solid spheres, ceramic foams, reinforcing fillers, etc. With F.A.R. Polymers, the Italian polymer manufacturer, LuV has confirmed an exclusive distributionship about polymer powders. This includes the product group Neolith as well as the distribution rights for Germany and the UK. The polymer powders are on vinyl copolymer basis and can be used in a variety of applications such as tile adhesives, plaster, mortars or exterior insulation & finishing systems.

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The new issue of RFP is out! Find out how the ICCA developed at Coesfeld enables quantitative characterization of the chip and cut behavior of rubber for tire applications without field testing and how serinol derivatives can be employed for the sustainable vulcanization of diene elastomers. A study carried out by scientists at Bosch and Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) Aachen shows how thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPV) and EPDM differ in their gas permeation behavior towards hydrogen. The University of Twente and the Polymer Science Park in Zwolle have established a link between research and education by cooperating in the newly founded Elastomer Competence Centre. Sigmasoft describes a virtual DoE for the improvement of part properties and Arburg presented its solutions for digitalization during the Arburg Technology Days 2019.

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Danish shoe designer Ecco, together with Dow and French software company Dassault Systèmes recently introduced the Quant-U footwear customisation for shoes. Quant-U is an experimental footwear customisation project by the Innovation Lab (ILE), Ecco’s independent cross-disciplinary design studio.

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