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Gevo innovates renewable isoprene for producing rubber

January 29, 2019
Gevo innovates renewable isoprene for producing rubber

US-based renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer Gevo Inc has developed a proprietary, breakthrough catalytic process that transforms low-cost commercially available, or even waste by-product, renewable alcohols into renewable isoprene that would be expected to compete head-to-head on price with natural…

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Haldor Topsoe to provide technology for Nizhnekams’s isoprene rubber output

January 28, 2019
Haldor Topsoe to provide technology for Nizhnekams’s isoprene rubber output

Denmark-based catalysis firm Haldor Topsoe has tied up with Russia’s PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim for license and engineering services for a new methanol unit with a capacity of 500,000 tonnes/year. Nizhnekamskneftekhim is building its new methanol production plant in Kazan, Tatarstan, in…

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Michelin buying majority stake in Indonesia tyre maker; speeds up its entry to SEA

January 28, 2019
Michelin buying majority stake in Indonesia tyre maker; speeds up its entry to SEA

French tyre maker Michelin is acquiring a majority stake in Indonesian compatriot PT Multistrada Ara Sarana Tbk, which makes the Achilles and Corsa tyre brands. Michelin plans to take an 80% stake in the company for US$439 million held by…

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TPC elastomers growing; demand from auto/substitution sectors

January 22, 2019
TPC elastomers growing; demand from auto/substitution sectors

The thermoplastic copolyester (TPC) elastomers market is set to witness moderate to high growth in 2019, with demand expected to surpass 180,000 tonnes, with a CAGR of 4.5% between 2019 and 2027. The demand is likely to benefit from broader…

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Thai Gov’t unrolls 20-year masterplan for rubber sector

January 16, 2019
Thai Gov’t unrolls 20-year masterplan for rubber sector

A 20-year roadmap for the rubber sector, spanning 2017 to 2036 has been launched by the Rubber Authority of Thailand, aiming to enhance rubber processing and promotion of domestic consumption. According to Yiam Thawarorit, acting Governor of Rubber Authority of…

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Enviro’s oil from end-of-life tyres can be used as fuel, says RISE

January 15, 2019
Enviro’s oil from end-of-life tyres can be used as fuel, says RISE

Sweden’s Enviro, a company developing, building and operating industrial plants for material recovery from End of Life Tyres (ELT), has formulated pyrolysis oil that can be used as fuel. That is the conclusion reached by RISE (Research Institute of Sweden)…

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Malaysian Rubber Board loses RM800 mn from land sale

January 9, 2019
Malaysian Rubber Board loses RM800 mn from land sale

The Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) is reported to have incurred losses estimated at RM800 million, following a land sale in Sungai Buloh. This was recently disclosed by Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok Suh Sim, according to Bernama. She said the…

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Vietnam rubber export’s wins and losses in 2018

January 8, 2019
Vietnam rubber export’s wins and losses in 2018

According to reports, quoting the Vietnam Rubber Association, Vietnam has shipped an estimated 1.6 million tonnes of rubber or over US$2 billion in 2018, up 14.5% in volume but down 6.1% year-on-year in value. In December, the country exported 190,000…

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Marangoni Tread North America to expand plant in Tennessee

January 7, 2019
Marangoni Tread North America to expand plant in Tennessee

Marangoni Tread North America, a full-service retread products supplier, is expanding its tread manufacturing plant in Tennessee, US to boost manufacturing capacity for current products, as well as that of a new line targeted for the second quarter of 2019.…

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Continental unveils new dandelion natural rubber factory in Germany

December 12, 2018
Continental unveils new dandelion natural rubber factory in Germany

Continental has just opened a research laboratory in Anklam, Germany, for their new innovative dandelion-plant based natural rubber. The company is the first in the world heavily invest in industrialising dandelion rubber. The new research laboratory, covering an area of…

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