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China retaliates in tariff feud, focuses on U.S. tires, rubber
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BEIJING—China is retaliating against the Trump administration's decision to impose $200 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods by enacting $60 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods, including ...
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Wacky World of Rubber: Certain things just are not re-usable
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Some things would seem to be self-evident. But that isn't always the case, judging by the warning recently put out by the Centers for Disease Control that condoms should not be re-used. And not...
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Manufacturing sector split as Trump moves forward on Chinese tariffs
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WASHINGTON—President Trump has announced he will go ahead with new tariffs worth an estimated $200 billion on more than 5,700 products imported from China. Most business sectors in the U.S.,...
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Clariant, Sabic to merge part of materials portfolio
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MUTTENZ, Switzerland—Materials supplier Clariant A.G. and Saudi chemical company Sabic are to merge parts of their businesses in a bid to create a leading supplier of high-performance...
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Univar to buy Nexeo for $2 billion, may sell plastics unit
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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.—In a blockbuster materials distribution deal, Univar Inc. is acquiring Nexeo Solutions Inc. for $2 billion. But before the ink was dry on the Sept. 17 deal, Univar...
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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.—In a blockbuster materials distribution deal, Univar is acquiring Nexeo Solutions for $2 billion. But before the ink was dry on the deal, Univar officials said they're reviewing Nexeo's plastic resin business for a possible sale. DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.—In a blockbuster materials distribution deal, Univar is acquiring Nexeo Solutions for $2 billion. But before the ink was dry on the deal, Univar officials said they're reviewing Nexeo's plastic resin business for a possible sale. $DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.—In a blockbuster materials distribution deal, Univar is acquiring Nexeo Solutions for $2 billion. But before the ink was dry on the deal, Univar officials said they're reviewing Nexeo's plastic resin business for a possible sale.
NHTSA, EPA under fire for fuel economy standards hearing schedule
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WASHINGTON—Federal and state regulators will host four listening sessions during the week of Sept. 24, focusing on a contentious proposal that would weaken federal fuel economy and emission...
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Fairprene know-how drives recent Trelleborg expansions
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RUTHERFORDTON, N.C.—Trelleborg Engineered Coated Fabrics has significantly increased its capabilities and expanded its geographic reach in the last year, thanks primarily to recent...
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Goodyear's Rich Kramer sees opportunities in tire industry's challenges
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AKRON—Customers—both individual and corporate—are driving rapid changes in how tires are designed, distributed and sold, and successful tire companies will embrace those changes....
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Michelin Tweel designer Steve Cron honored at ITEC
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AKRON—There's no telling what will inspire the next big idea, the one that sends ripples—or maybe even waves—through the industry. The International Tire Exhibition &...
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AKRON—The Harold Herzlich Distinguished Technology Achievement Award, presented at each ITEC show, honors outstanding achievements in tire technology. This year, ITEC honored Steve Cron, who, along with his friend and colleague Tim Rhyne, developed Michelin's Tweel. AKRON—The Harold Herzlich Distinguished Technology Achievement Award, presented at each ITEC show, honors outstanding achievements in tire technology. This year, ITEC honored Steve Cron, who, along with his friend and colleague Tim Rhyne, developed Michelin's Tweel. $AKRON—The Harold Herzlich Distinguished Technology Achievement Award, presented at each ITEC show, honors outstanding achievements in tire technology. This year, ITEC honored Steve Cron, who, along with his friend and colleague Tim Rhyne, developed Michelin's Tweel.
Commerce rules against China, Thailand in rubber band duty case
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WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Commerce has levied antidumping duties of 5.86 percent against most rubber band imports from Thailand. The agency also has determined preliminarily that...
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Published on June 13, 2018

Wacky World of Rubber: Kicking around EPDM at the 2018 World Cup

Arlanxeo
The rubber layer of the soccer ball—or that sponge directly underneath its outer cover—is made from Arlanxeo's Keltan Eco 6950 EPDM rubber.

With all due respect to American football, the real thing is about to take center stage.

The World Cup, arguably the biggest event in sports, kicks off June 14. And while the U.S. men's team did not qualify (looking forward to the U.S. ladies dominating the world, again, in 2019!), 32 worthy teams did, and the world's best will be crowned during the next month.

Rubber, of course, will be littered throughout the tournament. I recently posted about artificial turf and have no doubt some of the ones used in Russia also contain rubber/urethane elements to ensure quality of play.

But let's not forget about that Adidas soccer ball. There will be plenty of them kicked around from now until July 15. The tournament went through 3,240 balls in 2014, and every 2018 version contains an EPDM rubber compound from Arlanxeo.

The rubber layer of the soccer ball—or that sponge directly underneath its outer cover—is made from Keltan Eco 6950 EPDM rubber. The layer serves as a moldable cushion, which Arlanxeo said serves for optimal bounce characteristics during the games. The material had to meet strict requirements for properties such as density, hardness and weight.

Arlanxeo said that Keltan Eco is the world's first EPDM rubber manufactured using bio-based ethylene extracted from sugarcane. Depending on the ethylene content of each rubber grade, the proportion of bio-based material ranges between 50 and 70 percent.

The firm has multiple grades of Keltan Eco rubber on the market, supporting the move toward more sustainable products that match strict environmental requirements. The compound can be used in sporting goods, artificial turfs, athletic tracks and in auto body seals for the automotive industry.

You might not see it, but Arlanxeo's Keltan Eco EPDM rubber will be on display every time one of those soccer balls takes a bounce.

Chris Sweeney loves both kinds of football, but prefers the one with less kicking and more hitting. Follow him on Twitter @CSweeneyRPN.

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