News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

September 16, 2008

New Tackifier from Lanxess

Filed under: Rubber Chemicals — Notch @ 11:40 am

Lanxess showcased a number of new products at the International Engineering Fair, running this week (September 15-19) in Brno, Czech Republic. One of the new products was Nanoprene, which is a tackifier/binder used in SBR/NR tread compounds. It serves a similar function to BASF’s Koresin.

The Technical Rubber Products (TRP) business unit has launched a brand new development in tire technology in the form of Nanoprene. This additive for rubber mixtures used in tire treads can significantly reduce tire wear. This helps to extend the service life of tires, which brings both economic and environmental benefits. Together with LANXESS’s Rhein Chemie business unit, TRP is opening up new application areas for Nanoprene.

Here is the press release.

I have heard from Lanxess that the new Nanoprene product acts as a tackifier/binder in SBR/NR systems.

Open House at Columbian Hamilton

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 11:15 am

On Saturday, September 13, Columbian Chemicals held a public open house at its carbon black plant in Hamilton, Ontario, including a tour of the plant. The event was intended to familiarize community members with the plant’s daily operations, as well as its product, carbon black. The tour also highlighted recent steps taken to reduce potential air emissions. The plant held an open house last year for its 99 employees, but this was the first event at the plant that was open to the public. Here is a reporter’s story on the tour.

“It’s a way to reach out to the public who might be concerned about what’s going on behind that high fence and it might help them to understand what we do and how important we are,” [plant manager Brian] Young said.

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