News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

September 25, 2015

New self-repairing rubber does not require vulcanization

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 4:52 pm

According to a report in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, scientists have developed a new tire-grade rubber that does not require vulcanization. The new rubber, though unproven as yet in real world conditions, has the potential to repair itself over time.

Using a new simple process that avoids vulcanization altogether, the researchers chemically modified commercial rubber into a durable, elastic material that can fix itself over time. Testing showed that a cut in the material healed at room temperature, a property that could allow a tire to mend itself while parked. And after 8 days, the rubber could withstand a stress of 754 pounds per square inch. Heating it to 212 degrees Fahrenheit for the first 10 minutes accelerated the repair process. The researchers say their product could be further strengthened by adding reinforcing agents such as silica or carbon black.

September 4, 2015

Omsk Carbon Group expands distribution in Europe and Canada

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 6:00 am

Omsk Carbon Group, Russia’s largest carbon black producer, recently changed the name of its Germany subsidiary from Omsk Carbon Germany to Omsk Carbon Europe GmbH. The change indicates a shift in focus toward the entire European market, particularly Italy, France, and the UK. Omsk Carbon Europe was established in 2012 in Waltrop, North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. In addition to the new name, beginning in 2016, Omsk Carbon Europe will be responsible for all European activities of the group and will coordinate the sales and distribution chain in Europe.

In Canada, Omsk Carbon Group established a new subsidiary, Omsk Carbon Canada, in 2014 in Prescott, Ontario, close to the US border. The transloading station received its first shipment of carbon black from Russia in September 2014. Omsk Carbon Canada was established with the aim of organizing and providing direct official customer service in Canada.

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