Cabot Corporation has developed a new durability series of elastomers. The first such polymer in the company’s Engineered Elastomer Composites (E²C) solutions range is its DX9730 product. The E²C solutions are premixed composite solutions which can be used by tire manufacturers to achieve greater levels of performance, in a sustainable and economical manner and come with Cabot Corporation’s proprietary technology for mixing reinforcing agents into elastomers,.
It has been proved that E²C solutions have the capability to break critical trade-offs in OTR/earthmover tire design as they can significantly extend tire life and lower operating temperatures. DX9730 specifically has been developed to offer breakthrough improvements in cut, chip and chunk resistance. Using tires made with this solution can help an average mine to increase haulage capacity, boost output and reduce annual downtime for tire changes, and can potentially lead to savings of upto USD 150 million every year.
David Reynolds, vice president and general manager, Cabot Elastomer Composites said that through the company’s collaborations with existing customers, it has shown how it can foster growth by expanding the performance triangle, shortening development cycles, and reducing operational barriers to the commercialization of new products`.
Cabot’s E²C solutions makes it easier for tire manufacturers to simplify the commercialization of high-performance products through the availability of premixed composites. These composites are delivered in a ready-to-use and easy-to-handle product form.
E²C solutions can be easily integrated into the production methods that are currently used without additional capital investment. When compared to conventional products, they need require fewer mixing stages, lower mixing temperatures and shorter mixing cycles, thus helping to significantly reduce operating costs and facilitating additional production capacity.
Bart Kalkstein, president, reinforcement materials at Cabot said that the rubber industry is poised to go through significant change with many manufacturers of tires and rubber products focusing on the designing and marketing of more sustainable products that can meet the rapidly changing consumer and regulatory requirements. He said that after spending many years refining the new technology through successful customer collaborations and field tests, as well as a period of exclusivity with a leading tire manufacturer, his company was excited to offer this product to its global customer base.
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