AKRON, Ohio, May 2, 2019 – At the Europe Rubber Industry Forum 2019, May 7–9 in
Vienna, Austria, Eastman technology fellow Dr. Fred Ignatz-Hoover will challenge
industry paradigms about dispersion with his comparison of Eastman Crystex™ Cure
Pro insoluble sulfur to sulfur masterbatch (SMB).
Dr. Ignatz-Hoover, Technology Fellow, Tire Additives Technology at Eastman, will
present “Understanding the kinetics of insoluble sulfur dispersion: a comparison
of Crystex Cure Pro to sulfur masterbatch” on Thursday, May 9, from 11:00–11:30
a.m.,* during the Polymers – Vulcanization & Properties session. Eastman Crystex Cure
Pro is an improved thermal stability form of insoluble sulfur with dispersion kinetics
Both optical and tensile dispersion methodologies show Cure Pro dispersion up to 35%
faster than conventional insoluble sulfur. In addition, Cure Pro has superior thermal
stability characteristics offering enhanced productivity for tire makers through faster and
shorter mixing cycle times, as well as faster extrusion or calendering.
“As tire manufacturers around the world look for ways to increase the performance of
their tires and improve the productivity in their plants, they rely on innovative material
companies like Eastman for practical solutions” said Dr. Brock Thomas, Eastman’s Tire
Additives Technology Director. “Our presentation at the Europe Rubber Industry Forum
will showcase one of our newest and most impactful technologies.”
This year’s conference theme is “All About Rubber Compounding.” The conference will
include talks by leading industry experts, collaborating to advance rubber technology in
processing, compounding and vulcanization.
*Date, time, and location of the presentation is subject to change. Refer to
for the most up-to-date conference schedule.
Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of
products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the
quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative
products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The
company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology
platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to
grow its leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and
construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman
employs approximately 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more
than 100 countries. The company had 2018 revenues of approximately $10 billion and
is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.