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Long development journey pays off for Tweel, Michelin
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AKRON—For the record, Michelin's Steve Cron isn't a big fan of the name given to the product that has defined much of his 30-year career in the tire industry. That product is the Tweel, the ...
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AKRON—For the record, Michelin's Steve Cron isn't a big fan of the name given to the product that has defined much of his 30-year career in the tire industry. That product is the Tweel, the tire maker's easily recognizable product that combines a non-pneumatic tire with a polyurethane spoked wheel. AKRON—For the record, Michelin's Steve Cron isn't a big fan of the name given to the product that has defined much of his 30-year career in the tire industry. That product is the Tweel, the tire maker's easily recognizable product that combines a non-pneumatic tire with a polyurethane spoked wheel. $AKRON—For the record, Michelin's Steve Cron isn't a big fan of the name given to the product that has defined much of his 30-year career in the tire industry. That product is the Tweel, the tire maker's easily recognizable product that combines a non-pneumatic tire with a polyurethane spoked wheel.
Evonik opens tire silicas plant in South Carolina
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GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—Evonik Industries has inaugurated a precipitated silica plant in South Carolina, aimed at better serving the U.S. tire industry.The $120 million investment comes in...
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GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—Evonik Industries has inaugurated a precipitated silica plant in South Carolina, aimed at better serving the U.S. tire industry. GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—Evonik Industries has inaugurated a precipitated silica plant in South Carolina, aimed at better serving the U.S. tire industry. $GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—Evonik Industries has inaugurated a precipitated silica plant in South Carolina, aimed at better serving the U.S. tire industry.
Old Dana taps the fountain of youth
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MAUMEE, Ohio—With little fanfare this year, one of the global auto industry's oldest suppliers began repositioning itself for a business of the future. Dana Inc. has made two key...
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MAUMEE, Ohio—With little fanfare this year, one of the global auto industry's oldest suppliers began repositioning itself for a business of the future. MAUMEE, Ohio—With little fanfare this year, one of the global auto industry's oldest suppliers began repositioning itself for a business of the future. $MAUMEE, Ohio—With little fanfare this year, one of the global auto industry's oldest suppliers began repositioning itself for a business of the future.
Kent Elastomer to expand headquarters
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KENT, Ohio—Kent Elastomer Products Inc. is expanding its headquarters to accommodate its growing work force.The firm broke ground on an extension to the office area of its Kent facility,...
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KENT, Ohio—Kent Elastomer Products is expanding its headquarters to accommodate its growing work force. KENT, Ohio—Kent Elastomer Products is expanding its headquarters to accommodate its growing work force. $KENT, Ohio—Kent Elastomer Products is expanding its headquarters to accommodate its growing work force.
Private equity firm KKR set to acquire Minnesota Rubber & Plastics
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MINNEAPOLIS—Norwest Equity Partners has agreed to sell Quadion L.L.C., which does business as Minnesota Rubber & Plastics, to global investment firm KKR & Co. L.P. Terms of the...
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MINNEAPOLIS—Norwest Equity Partners has agreed to sell Quadion, which does business as Minnesota Rubber & Plastics, to global investment firm KKR. MINNEAPOLIS—Norwest Equity Partners has agreed to sell Quadion, which does business as Minnesota Rubber & Plastics, to global investment firm KKR. $ MINNEAPOLIS—Norwest Equity Partners has agreed to sell Quadion, which does business as Minnesota Rubber & Plastics, to global investment firm KKR.
Video: Miller calls Louisville Rubber Division meeting a success LOUISVILLE, Ky.—This week's ACS Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference has been a success on all levels, according to Executive Director Ed Miller. LOUISVILLE, Ky.—This week's ACS Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference has been a success on all levels, according to Executive Director Ed Miller. $LOUISVILLE, Ky.—This week's ACS Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference has been a success on all levels, according to Executive Director Ed Miller.
Video: Chair Jerry McCall holds court during International Elastomer Conference LOUISVILLE, Ky.—For every chair of the ACS Rubber Division, all the years of moving up through the ranks culminates by playing host during the fall International Elastomer Conference and Rubber Expo. LOUISVILLE, Ky.—For every chair of the ACS Rubber Division, all the years of moving up through the ranks culminates by playing host during the fall International Elastomer Conference and Rubber Expo. $LOUISVILLE, Ky.—For every chair of the ACS Rubber Division, all the years of moving up through the ranks culminates by playing host during the fall International Elastomer Conference and Rubber Expo.
University of Akron professor emeritus to receive 2019 Charles Goodyear Medal
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LOUISVILLE, Ky.—A professor emeritus at the University of Akron will be the next recipient of the Charles Goodyear Medal, the highest honor given by the ACS Rubber Division. Roderic Quirk,...
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LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Roderic Quirk, a professor emeritus at the University of Akron, will be the next recipient of the Charles Goodyear Medal, the highest honor given by the ACS Rubber Division. LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Roderic Quirk, a professor emeritus at the University of Akron, will be the next recipient of the Charles Goodyear Medal, the highest honor given by the ACS Rubber Division. $LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Roderic Quirk, a professor emeritus at the University of Akron, will be the next recipient of the Charles Goodyear Medal, the highest honor given by the ACS Rubber Division.
Video: Auto industry, global population are driving elastomer industry innovation
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LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Techniques such as high-throughput catalyst research, enhanced analytical science and 3D imaging are accelerating innovation in the elastomer industry, according to the...
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LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Techniques such as high-throughput catalyst research, enhanced analytical science and 3D imaging are accelerating innovation in the elastomer industry, according to the keynote speaker at the International Elastomer Conference in Louisville. LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Techniques such as high-throughput catalyst research, enhanced analytical science and 3D imaging are accelerating innovation in the elastomer industry, according to the keynote speaker at the International Elastomer Conference in Louisville. $LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Techniques such as high-throughput catalyst research, enhanced analytical science and 3D imaging are accelerating innovation in the elastomer industry, according to the keynote speaker at the International Elastomer Conference in Louisville.
Video: Keynoter Schattenmann talks innovations in polymer development Florian Schattenmann, vice president of performance materials & coatings R&D at Dow Chemical Co., delivered the keynote address at the ACS Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference in Louisville Oct. 9. Schattenmann spoke of the innovations in polymer development at Dow that were dictated by the needs of auto makers and a growing world population. Florian Schattenmann, vice president of performance materials & coatings R&D at Dow Chemical Co., delivered the keynote address at the ACS Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference in Louisville Oct. 9. Schattenmann spoke of the innovations in polymer development at Dow that were dictated by the needs of auto makers and a growing world population. $Florian Schattenmann, vice president of performance materials & coatings R&D at Dow Chemical Co., delivered the keynote address at the ACS Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference in Louisville Oct. 9. Schattenmann spoke of the innovations in polymer development at Dow that were dictated by the needs of auto makers and a growing world population.
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Published on May 10, 2018

Wacky World of Rubber: Finding new uses for chewed gum

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Chewing gum was never permitted in my elementary school classrooms. But every once a while, my friends and I would split a package of bubble gum on the bus. Once we got to school, we'd have to get rid of the evidence.

You'd have to put it somewhere. Under a desk? Tucked in around the window frame on the bus? Maybe just spit it onto the sidewalk. My disposal method of choice was a torn piece of notebook paper; I'd wrap the gum inside and then drop it in the wastebasket.

Somehow, though, we never outgrow the childhood conundrum of what to do with chewed gum. Many adults, it seems, simply choose to stick gum anywhere—under benches, restaurant tables, handrails, sidewalks—anywhere but a trash can.

Gumdrop Ltd. is devoted to changing that. The business is built around the concept that gum needs to go somewhere. So why not collect it, repurpose it and turn it into something truly useful?

The concept is genius, not to mention eco-friendly. And the alternative is, well, … just gross.

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The transformation starts with a simple receptacle aimed at keeping the world a little cleaner. In 2009, Anna Bullus' idea for gum recycling took shape when Gumdrop rolled out a plan to collect used chewing gum. The company works with municipalities throughout Europe to install small, bright-pink bins were folks can deposit the used chewing gum. It charges the city for the services, which helps to reduce costs associated with removing stuck-on gum from public spaces.

Additionally, Gumdrop sells tiny keyring receptacles that go anywhere. The firm also provides free shipping which allows for the return of keyrings and any used gum collected at no charge to the gum-chewer.

Once the gum is collected, it is repurposed into a sustainable rubber compound, dubbed Gum-tec, that can be used to make a number of products from guitar picks and rulers to Wellington boots and fashion-forward wingtips.

Since its inception, Gum-tec has proven that it can make a significant difference when a number of people dedicate themselves to keeping cities cleaner and healthier.

In the Netherlands, for instance, more than 3.3 million pounds of used chewing gum is removed from city streets each year. By removing the gum and processing it to be used in a rubber compound, Gum-tec was able to turn to the waste that nobody wanted into shoes that are worth getting your hands on.

Additional information about Gumdrop, Gum-tec and the products it supports can can be found at gumdropltd.com.

It's worth taking time to comb through the site and learn more about the ways in which the company is making a difference. If nothing else, check out the education section and lose a few minutes trying to catch and recycle gum in an Astroids-style game.

Erin Pustay Beaven is the online content editor for Rubber & Plastics News. She is an appreciator of life's littlest treasures, a reader of great books and supporter of the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Indians. Erin is an advocate for libraries, arts education and PBS. Follow her on Twitter at @EBeavenCrain.

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