Innovations in Insoluble Sulfur and Performance Resins Are Focus of Eastman Technology Presentations at International Elastomer Conference

Kingsport, Tenn. – September 28, 2017 – Advances in insoluble sulfur technology and the importance of performance resins will be discussed during three presentations by members of the Eastman tire additives technology team at the International Elastomer Conference October 9-12, 2017, in Cleveland, Ohio. During these presentations, attendees will gain insights into how tire manufacturers can take advantage of these innovative technologies.

  • October 10, 4:15-4:45 p.m.*: Dr. Mark Arigo, Eastman Associate Scientist, will discuss how performance hydrocarbon resins can enhance a tread formulation by impacting wet/dry grip and rolling resistance performance. Ultimately, tire manufacturers can use these resins to make their tires safer, improve handling, and increase fuel efficiency.
  • October 11, 9:30-10 a.m.*: Dr. Fred Ignatz-Hoover, Eastman Technology Fellow, will examine the superior performance of Crystex™ Cure Pro. Using plant-scale experiments and various analytical tools, he’ll demonstrate how tire manufacturers can leverage these attributes to achieve operational cost savings.
  • October 11, 4:15-4:45 p.m.*: Dr. Ignatz-Hoover will discuss a novel vulcanizing agent. Unlike conventional polymeric sulfur, this new technology is thermodynamically stable at room temperature and rubber processing temperatures. At the same time, it has the same performance characteristics as conventional insoluble sulfur.

“As the market becomes more competitive, we know there’s demand for better technologies to help tire manufacturers achieve their performance, compliance, and operational goals. That’s why we’re pleased to share the exciting advances we’ve made in insoluble sulfur and performance resins with the industry,” said Dr. Neil Smith, Eastman Tire Additives Technology Director.

The cross-discipline Eastman tire additives technology team of chemists, engineers, and application development scientists conducts its research, development, and analytics work at the Eastman Technology Center of Excellence in Akron, Ohio.

*Please consult conference schedule on the International Elastomer Conference website for any changes to the presentation schedule and locations of presentations. Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in more than 100 countries and had 2016 revenues of approximately $9.0 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

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