​Eastman scientist to share dispersion insights at Europe Rubber Industry Forum 2019

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 rivaling SMB.

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 http://www.rubber-industry.org/Download/2019/Conference/EU-Rubber-Forum-2019.pdf for the most up-to-date conference schedule.

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