Category: Technology

Chinese EPDM plant to use Italian technology

ITALIAN petrochemical technology firm FasTech has licensed its EPDM technology to petrochemical firm Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum Yanan Energy and Chemical that will build a 50,000 tonne/year-plant in Xian. Yanchang’s plant will start up in 2014 and will be fed with…

VMI’s latest tyre building machine

DUTCH rubber and tyre machinery supplier VMI has launched its Exxium car and light truck tyre building machine that has a cycle time of 44 seconds. The machine can handle 12”-24” rim diameter tyres and can be automated. With more…

Vystar’s first Chinese patent

US-BASED Vystar has received its third US and first Chinese patents for its Vytex natural rubber latex (NRL). The US patent expands the claims beyond just reducing proteins and recognises that the process also reduces the level of non-rubber components…

Plastic/rubber shoe sole for prosthetics

US shoe maker Nike worked with competitive amputee triathlete Sarah Reinertsen to develop a composite shoe sole that can be used with prosthetic specialist Össur’s Flex-Run prosthetic blade for amputee athletes. The Nike Sole features an integrated layered sole including…

Conti rolls out e-car tyre

TO CATER to the 2.8 million electric cars expected by 2020, representing a market share of 3%, German tyre maker Continental has introduced Conti. eContact for e-cars and hybrid cars. A requirement was to reduce the rolling resistance by 30%…

New tread compound for airline tyres

A scientist at UK-based Dunlop Aircraft Tyres has developed a new tread compound that could increase the tyre life and reduce operating costs for airlines. received the Sue Panteny Award from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining recently. The…

ContiTech’s vibration-free engine mountings

WITH car engines becoming smaller and vehicles lighter, Germany-based ContiTech Vibration Control has introduced modular engine mountings that are free from vibrations. To enable more than one type of engine and drive system to be integrated into a single vehicle…

RFID in tyres

GOODYEAR has launched its first ever RFID incorporated tyres. The company has chosen its Regional RHT II trailer tyre of size 435/50R19.5 to incorporate RFID allowing for advantages to fleet operators such as reduced downtime, improved safety and tyre management.…

Shoe to incorporate tyre technology

GERMAN tyre maker Continental Tyres is using its technology to develop a high-end running shoes together with Adidas. The tyre maker’s Traction compound technology is being used for the shoe sole to provide a grip on wet and dry roads,…