News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

January 18, 2018

Evonik launches new silica product

Filed under: Silica — Notch @ 9:57 am

ULTRASIL® 7800 GR is a custom-tailored silica made by Evonik for use in particularly large SUV tires as well as high-mileage all-season tires. By developing ULTRASIL® 7800 GR, a silica with a customized surface area that meets the extreme demands of SUV and all-season tires, Evonik has now taken the next step in innovation.

“The challenge for SUV tires is to give the tires sufficient stiffness in spite of their size,” explains Dr. Hark-Oluf Asbahr, Marketing of Rubber Silica. “With ULTRASIL® 7800 GR, we managed to find the right mix to combine joy of driving, road safety, and resource efficiency in a single product.”

Since the United States is the largest sales market for SUVs, ULTRASIL® 7800 GR will be produced there for now. Evonik has responded to the rising demand for silica by building a new production facility in Charleston, South Carolina. The new silica plant is expected to become operational in mid-2018.

More information about the Silica/Silane technology of Evonik will be available at the stand of Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH (Stand C 240) at the Tire Technology Expo in Hanover from February 20-22, 2018.

Read the full press release here.

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Saudi prince backing $1 billion tire plant in Saudi Arabia

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 9:43 am

National Tire Co., a company owned by a member of the Saudi royal family, is planning to build a $1 billion tire plant in Jubail, an industrial city in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia, according to Farid Dudin, general manager of Victoria Trading FZCO and head of the tire plant project.

NTC is an initiative of Fahad Bin Abdul-Rahman Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, a Saudi prince and former Saudi government official.

NTC said it had signed an agreement on the turnkey concept design with Finnish engineering consulting firm Black Donuts Engineering Inc., covering both the design of the factory itself and the design and development of the plant’s products.

The project will create one of the “biggest and most modern individual tire factories in the world,” the company stated. The plant, to be built on a 247-acre site in Jubail, will be engineered to produce 16 million passenger tires and 6 million radial truck/bus tires a year.

Production is expected to start by the second half of 2020.

Sourced article found here.

January 10, 2018

Notch updates report on Insoluble Sulfur

Filed under: insoluble sulfur — Notch @ 5:33 pm

Notch Consulting has updated its report World Markets for Insoluble Sulfur. The report provides a detailed analysis of the global market for insoluble sulfur, a vulcanizing agent used primarily in radial tires, belting, and hoses. The 51-page report includes 13 tables detailing IS demand by region, market, and grade, as well as pricing, production capacity, expansion projects, annual sales by company, and profiles of leading competitors. Companies profiled in the report include China Sunsine Chemical Holdings; Eastman Chemical; Oriental Carbon & Chemicals Limited; Sennics Co., Inc.; Shanghai Jinghai Chemical; Shikoku Chemicals Corp.; Weifang Jiahong Chemical; and Wuxi Huasheng Rubber Technical. Contact Notch as info @ notchconsulting.com for more info.

Apollo lays cornerstone for 5th Indian plant

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 10:17 am

Apollo Tyres Ltd. executives and local officials laid the ceremonial foundation stone on January 8 for a $280 million passenger tire plant planned for Chinnapanduru, located in Andhra Pradesh state.

Construction on the plant is expected to start within six months, Apollo said, and manufacturing is slated to start two years after that. The company plans to start with manufacturing passenger tires in this facility, and will later expand to other product as well.

The facility will be located on 200 acres of land that Apollo purchased from the Andhra Pradesh government, and will be about 100 miles west of Chennai, the coastal city where Apollo operates a combined passenger/truck tire plant that it opened in 2010.

The factory will be Apollo’s fifth in India and seventh overall.

Read the full press release here.

Tweel an OE option on Case skid-steer loaders

Filed under: Run-flats — Notch @ 10:03 am

Michelin North America Inc.’s Tweel airless tire/wheel hybrid will be an original equipment option on all Case Construction Equipment skid-steer loader models in 2018.

Case is adding the Michelin 10N16.5 and 12N16.5 X Tweel SSL tires as a factory-approved/supplied option for its skid steers loaders.

The SSL All-Terrain version is designed for off-road working conditions and is suitable for industries such as construction, landscaping and agriculture, according to Michelin.

“The market demand for Michelin X Tweel SSL continues to increase. More and more end-users are searching for solutions that reduce downtime. The Tweel SSL provides the users this solution, without compromising key deliverables including traction, operator comfort and machine productivity,” said Justin Brock, Michelin construction segment marketing manager in North America.

Read the full press release here.

January 4, 2018

Pirelli and Nizhnekamskneftekhim ink agreement of cooperation

Filed under: Rubber — Notch @ 3:38 pm

Pirelli has signed a contract with synthetic rubber maker Nizhnekamskneftekhim to establish supply in 2018. The delegates from the Republic of Tatarstan and Pirelli’s representatives met in December in Milan to discuss cooperation in synthetic rubbers business and signed a new contract.

The Russian firm signed a similar agreement to provide synthetic rubber to Michelin in June 2017.

Read Nizhnekamskneftekhim’s press release here.

Doublestar to build smart rubber recycling plant

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 3:15 pm

In December, Doublestar broke ground on its smart plant for scrap rubber recycling in Zhumadian, China, in the city’s Runan County.

The plant covers 2.15 million square feet and will be able to handle 200,000 tons of scrap rubber annually when fully operational. The company has budgeted $92.7 million for the project.

The project contains two phases, with 100,000 tons of annual capacity each. Phase 1 is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2018, Doublestar said.

According to the press release, the site will be the world’s first Industry 4.0 site for scrap rubber recycling, with smart technology used in processes such as sorting, rinsing, drying, conveyance, pyrolysis and storage.

The plant also boasts zero emission using Doublestar’s waste treatment technology. With machinery developed by Doublestar, the site will be able to fully recycle scrap tire, generating primary oil, carbon black, steel wire, and gas, the last of which will be used to fuel the plant.

Read the full press release here.

International tire manufacturer places new order on Enviro’s recycled carbon black

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 2:41 pm

A leading tire manufacturer has placed a first order on Enviro’s recycled carbon black, EnviroCB, for immediate delivery.

“Initially the order volume is small, but is expected to increase significantly over time. The customer is a global manufacturer of tires and rubber applications and this order relates to industrial tires”, says Thomas Sörensson, CEO of Enviro.

The order comes after completing thorough material tests.

The delivered EnviroCB will be used for industrial tires manufactured in Sri Lanka.

Read full press release here.

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