Category: Feature

Asia to lead silicones growth

The global market for silicones is forecast to reach US$17.2 billion by 2017, driven by booming markets of construction, automotive, healthcare and chemical, says a new report from Global Industry Analysts.

Synthetic rubber to be in short supply

Synthetic rubber and polypropylene (PP) are expected to suffer from short supply as major Japanese automotive makers are set to increase their production between October 2011 and March 2012, according to research firm Platts

Kraton pushes its IR as an alternative to NR for medical products

With allergy reactions to natural rubber (NR) grades for gloves, global producer of styrenic block copolymers or SBCs, Kraton Performance Polymers is pushing its Cariflex isoprene rubber (IR) to the medical industry, especially for surgical gloves. To meet the expected demand, the company has completed a multi-million dollar investment project on its facility in the US.

Bridgestone and Michelin in China

Japanese tyre maker Bridgestone will increase the production capacity at two of its Chinese radial passenger tyre plants in Tianjin and Wuxi to meet the demand for tyres in China, which is expected to grow in the medium to long-term.