Behind the tire: Company presents new developments in experimental
energy efficient and Neodymium rubber grades
HORGEN, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
(NYSE: TSE), the global materials solution provider and manufacturer of
plastics, latex binder and synthetic rubber, will be attending the Tire
Technology Expo, Europe's leading international Tire Design and Tire
Manufacturing Exhibition and Conference. Exhibition visitors will
receive an update on Trinseo’s wide range of standard and advanced
synthetic rubber solutions and they will also be able to listen to two
of Trinseo’s key R&D Leaders.
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Trinseo Synthetic Rubber provides an excellent balance between wet grip, low rolling resistance, and abrasion resistance for increased fuel savings and meeting stringent safety requirements while also providing precision and control in a variety of weather and surface conditions.(Photo: Business Wire)
As a global leader in synthetic rubber, Trinseo’s R&D experts are the
driving force behind the company’s product portfolio. Trinseo’s R&D
Experts, Dr. Sven Thiele and Dr. Malte Wohlfahrt, will both take to the
stage to present recent findings in the development of functionalized
synthetic rubber and high-cis polybutadiene rubber as part of the
official conference program.
R&D for better, safer tires
“Rolling resistance, wet and dry grip, improved abrasion resistance, and
good handling are among the key properties consumers are looking for in
a good tire. Through non-stop research and development efforts Trinseo
continuously enhances its next generation synthetic rubber portfolio on
a permanent basis. This helps our customers meet and exceed these
expectations,” said Sandra Hoffman, Global R&D Director, Synthetic
Rubber at Trinseo.
Promising experimental grades for CO₂ emission reduction
Challenging CO₂ emission targets will be enforced at the end of this
decade for passenger cars and light trucks. In addition, energy
efficiency requirements are proposed or discussed for heavy trucks as
well. This leads to a strong demand of energy efficient vehicle
components, including tires, and Trinseo has been supplying top range
compounds for this already.
“I will be talking about new polymer solutions Trinseo has developed for
energy-efficient summer and winter tires that are now available as
experimental grades,” adds Dr. Sven Thiele, R&D leader process & product
development anionic/synthetic rubber, Trinseo Deutschland GmbH.
“Typically high-performance functionalized S-SBR grades are difficult to
process. Therefore, we developed an alternative highly functionalized
clear (oil-free) S-SBR grade, which indicates good extrusion
characteristics and relatively low polymer-silica formulation viscosity.
As the new Trinseo experimental grades also indicate good wear
characteristics, consumers have expectedly a long-term benefit from
corresponding tire families.”
Dr. Sven Thiele’s full presentation can be attended on Tuesday, February
14, at 14:50.
Development of high-cis polybutadiene rubber grades
Neodymium-Butadiene Rubber (Nd-BR) is a high-performance technology
complementary to S-SBR that Trinseo is developing to address current
market needs. Dr. Malte Wohlfahrt, leader ESBR/BR synthetic rubber R&D,
Trinseo Deutschland GmbH, is spearheading Trinseo’s research on the
potential implementation of Nd-BR rubber grades.
“CO₂ emissions and fuel efficiency are two sides of the same coin, and
demand for materials supporting fuel efficiency is growing. We believe
that Nd-BR has an important role to play in this,” explains Dr. Wohlfahrt.
“I’m very excited to present the findings of our research on the
properties of some of our new Nd-BR grades at the Tire Technology Expo.
We’ve tested these for processability as well as performance and I can
already say that these results are very promising indeed.”
Dr. Malte Wohlfahrt’s full presentation can be attended on Wednesday,
February 15, at 14:25.
Access the complete conference program at: http://tiretechnology-expo.com/conf_overview.php
(NYSE: TSE) is a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of
plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber. We are focused on
delivering innovative and sustainable solution to help our customers
create products that touch lives every day — products that are intrinsic
to how we live our lives — across a wide range of end-markets, including
automotive, consumer electronics, appliances, medical devices, lighting,
electrical, carpet, paper and board, building and construction, and
tires. Trinseo had approximately $4.0 billion in revenue in 2015, with
15 manufacturing sites around the world, and more than 2,200 employees.
For more information, visit www.trinseo.com.
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