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Chementator: Improved rubber

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Teijin Twaron B.V. (Arnhem, Netherlands; edlinks.chemengonline.com/5826-556) has introduced a new rubber compound ingredient, tradenamed Sulfron 3000, which leads to a 20% improvement in rolling resistance when used in tires — resulting in a 5% reduction in fuel consumption for vehicles, says the firm. Tires made with Sulfron 300 are also said to be 15% more durable. All major tire companies are currently involved in laboratory evaluations of the new material. The improved durability of ther rubber may also be advantageous for other applications, such as for conveyor belts, says commercial director Gert Frederiks. Sulfron 3000 granules are derived from Teijin Twaron’s “super strong” para-aramid fiber, Twaron, which improves the performance of sulfur-vulcanized rubber compounds. During 2006, the company will continue to evaluate the material, and will consider commercial production to increase its availability.   Click here for a full pdf version of the Chementator Section
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