ERJ staff report (TP)
Horgen, Switzerland − Styron, the global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex and rubber, announced two new additions to its SPRINTAN rubber range.
Styron’s SPRINTAN portfolio includes rubber grades with enhanced wet grip and wear performance, as well as grades that provide a balance between traction and rolling resistance.
The newest members of the SPRINTAN family are the SLR 3402 and SLR 4502, adjusted for improved low-temperature performance. These offer low rolling resistance, as well as reduced stiffness at low temperatures boosting snow grip potential in winter tread application. Both solutions can be blended with other polymers, offering greater flexibility.
For the Ultra High Performance (UHP) pass car tread, SLR 4502 and 3402 can be applied to partially replace high-Tg SSBR and BR. Both new grades bring additional reduction in rolling resistance due to their functionalisation technology that is “highly effective” with silica as well as with carbon black fillers.
Olivier Veron, Marketing Manager, said: “The microstructure of these new grades clearly differentiates them from our existing rubber portfolio and can be positioned as best-in-class among our products of non-oil extended grades.”
Styron had approximately $5.5bn (€4.02bn) in revenue in 2012, with 20 manufacturing sites around the world, and 2,100 employees.
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Press release from Styron