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Microplastic drifting down with the snow

In the Alps and the Arctic, experts confirm the presence of plastic in snow

16-Aug-2019

Over the past several years, microplastic particles have repeatedly been detected in seawater, drinking water, and even in animals. But these minute particles are also transported by the atmosphere and subsequently washed out of the air, especially by snow – and even in such remote regions as the ...

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WACKER Expands Silicone Elastomer Production in China

11-Jun-2019

WACKER inaugurated a new production line for silicone elastomers at its Zhangjiagang site in China. With an annual capacity of several thousand metric tons, the facility will help support WACKER’s future growth path in China and improve the availability of high consistency silicone rubber (HCR) ...

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Synthetic rubber outperforms natural rubber

Truck tires with less abrasion

03-Apr-2019

Natural rubber from rubber trees is a raw material with a limited supply. Synthetically produced rubber, on the other hand, has not yet been able to match the abrasion behavior of the natural product, rendering it unsuitable for truck tires. But now, for the first time, a new type of synthetic ...

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Do not throw away - just wait

3D printed tires and shoes that self-repair

07-Feb-2019

Instead of throwing away your broken boots or cracked toys, why not let them fix themselves? Researchers at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering have developed 3D-printed rubber materials that can do just that. Assistant Professor Qiming Wang works in the world of ...

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LANXESS completes sale of ARLANXEO to Saudi Aramco

Cologne-based company received proceeds of around EUR 1.4 billion

02-Jan-2019

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS completed the sale of its remaining 50 percent interest in the rubber company ARLANXEO to Saudi Aramco. All relevant antitrust authorities have granted the necessary approvals for the transaction announced in August 2018. Upon completion of the transaction, the ...

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WACKER Strengthens Portfolio of Specialties by Expanding its Production Capacities for Silicone Rubber Worldwide

19-Dec-2018

WACKER is increasing its global production capacities for silicone rubber. With expansion measures at several sites, WACKER plans to gradually raise its capacities by a total of 40,000 metric tons per year by 2021. Approximately €100 million has been earmarked for this capacity expansion. With ...

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Proteins for Making Tough Rubber

Biomimetic strategy leads to strong, recyclable rubber

12-Dec-2018

Inspired by nature, Chinese scientists have produced a synthetic analogue to vulcanized natural rubber. Their material is just as tough and durable as the original. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, they reveal the secret to their success: short protein chains attached to the side-chains of the ...

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Hot Wheels: World Market for Styrene-Butadiene Rubber Analyzed

05-Jun-2018

Styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) is the best-selling synthetic rubber and for decades, has been indispensable for many applications. In everyday life, SBR is mainly found in vehicle tires. According to a recent market study by Ceresana, worldwide consumption for this elastomer type amounts to about ...

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Scientific advances can make it easier to recycle plastics

21-Nov-2017

Most of the 150 million tons of plastics produced around the world every year end up in landfills, the oceans and elsewhere. Less than 9 percent of plastics are recycled in the United States, rising to about 30 percent in Europe. That's a $176 billion problem, the potential energy savings ...

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Tyre rubber from dandelions

12-Sep-2017

Vredestein showed a prototype of its Fortezza Flower Power at the Eurobike exhibition in Friedrichshafen in August. This innovative road tyre is made of rubber extracted from the roots of dandelions. The prototype is the result of a EU joint initiative in which Vredestein and Wageningen ...

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