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The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. announced that it has established a basic technology for a two-component urethane adhesive with high strength and very good elasticity. This technology will be applied to the development of adhesives for automotive body structures, an area expected to see rapid growth worldwide. It can be also applied to various industrial adhesives, including those used in electronic devices exposed to harsh heat cycles, said the company.

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The three companies Versalis (Eni), RadiciGroup and Safitex cooperate to make synthetic grass for sports fields recyclable in line with the principles of the circular economy. The project is the result of collaboration between Versalis, which supplies the raw material (polyethylene), RadiciGroup, a manufacturer of fibres for sport applications, and Safitex, a manufacturer of synthetic grass turf. Currently, synthetic grass turf is disposed through landfill or incineration.

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Synthomer formally opened the latest 90,000 t/y expansion to its nitrile latex production facility in Pasir Gudang in the presence of over 120 customers, suppliers, contractors, government officials and media representatives. The plant was officially opened by The British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Her Excellency Vicki Treadell, CMG MVO supported by Synthomer CEO Calum MacLean, Chairman Neil Johnson and Executive Vice President, Asia, Derick Whyte.

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Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., in a joint research project with the Tribology Laboratory headed by Associate Professor Iwai of the College of Science and Engineering at Kanazawa University, has developed an evaluation technology that visualises rubber’s frictional state of contact on an icy surface (image of a tyre in motion). The new evaluation technology will enable the discovery of new compounding agents with excellent water absorbency and facilitate more precise development of tread patterns that deliver higher drainage performance, the company said. Yokohama expects that the technology will lead to the development of winter tyres with dramatically improved ice performance.

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Elastomer-based electronics components and accessories, cables and wires, industrial equipment, safety wear, tires, and many other specific rubber and silicone applications stretch the requirements and expectations for conductive additives. But the issue of how to combine conductivity with improvements in the mechanical properties of elastomers remained difficult for the industry until recently.

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The Indian Rubber Technology Center invites to a Short Term Course on Recent Advances in Rubber Technology 2019. The event will take place on 12-16 February 2019 in Kharagpur and will be coordinated by Dr. Narayan Ch. Das and Prof. Kinsuk Naskar.

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Rampf Polymer Solutions is presenting its range of silicone, polyurethane, and epoxy casting resins with high thermal conductivity at electronica 2018 (hall A5, stand 224) from 13 – 16 November 2018 in Munich, Germany.

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The Munich-based German chemical company Wacker Chemie AG is currently expanding its Aceo 3D printing services for silicone rubber and announced the opening of a US-based printing lab by year end 2018.

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The Nanoaugmented Materials Industry Summit (NAUM) 2018, which is being organised by OCSiAl in Shanghai, China, on 31 October 2018 will gather the world’s leading companies who use and apply graphene nanotubes to share exciting results. This year the event is opening its doors to all like-minded innovators and industry pioneers to learn about recent progress in this field. They will also be able to see a first-time-ever on-site demonstration of the production of nanoaugmented products with real industrial equipment.

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At Fakuma 2018, Huntsman and its distribution partner Chemie Plast are showcasing a number of recently developed thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers, originally created for consumer and wire & cable applications, but suitable for use across a variety of industrial injection moulding and extrusion tasks.

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Gelest, Inc. has introduced ExSil 50, a softer grade of an ultra-high elongation material that has been formulated to meet the requirements of soft-tissue implants or extracorporeal device applications.

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