Category: Feature

New extruder supports eco-tyres

WITH the objective of supporting low rolling resistant tyres, KraussMaffei Berstorff has extended its Multiplex extrusion line tyre components by adding the new QuintoPlex line with five extruders. Tyre producers can thus, include additional conductive compounds or other components into…

Too much reclaim in tyres creates furore

Kumho, which has a capacity of 30 million tyres/year at its factories in Tianjin, Nanjing and Changchun, provides tyres to 35 car models produced by major OEMs including GM, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen and homegrown brands like Great Wall Motor and Hafei.

Tyre sector comes out tops

The OE and replacement tyre markets are expected to push the market along with OE passenger car tyre sales to grow from 290 million units in 2010 to 400 million units by 2020, while replacement car tyre sales will grow from 760 million units in 2010 to 1.2 billion units by 2020.

Doing away with harmful chemicals

In 2009, a particularly problematic hazardous plasticiser, until then indispensible in vibration technology applications with high damping forces and limited ageing, was successfully replaced with harmless alternatives.

Rubber prices expected to rise further

THE Malaysian rubber market is expected to continue its uptrend next week supported by higher crude oil prices. A dealer said rising crude oil prices will make synthetic rubber, a product of crude oil, costlier. “Higher crude oil prices will…

Lanxess invests into bio-based rubber

GERMAN speciality chemicals company Lanxess is investing more in new technology to produce synthetic rubber from bio-based raw materials. From producing isobutene from renewable resources, it has now increased its minority shareholding in US-based renewable chemical company Gevo. Lanxess initially…

Bridgestone restarts plant

TOKYO — Bridgestone Corp. has restarted production at at least one of its plans in Japan affected by the March 11 earthquake after verifying the facility´s safety and accounting for the employees’ welfare. The company said it continues to work…