London – Entries for ERJ’s new Elastomers for Sustainability (E4S) initiative have been pared down to the 20 projects most likely to enhance the environmental profile of the elastomer/rubber industry.
Over the next two weeks, the expert judging panel* will draw up a Top 10 of materials-science-based developments for industries including: automotive, tires, automotive components, construction, consumer, industrial and medical.
In alphabetical order, the listed contenders for the first E4S Top 10 (company/project title) are:
Asahi Kasei / 6th Generation Styrene-Butadiene Rubber
Behn Meyer Europe Gmbh / Epoxidised Natural Rubber Filler Technology
Birla Carbon and GranBio / NDC (Nanocellulose Dispersion Composite) Masterbatch
Cabot Corp. / Engineered Elastomer Composites
Continental / Ecorubber Garden Hose
Covestro / Sustainable Sports Flooring Based On Co2
DRI Rubber / Livestock rubber mat fastener system
Dynasol Group / Recycled PS:Mechanical properties improvement through addition of SBS
ETB / Bio-Butadiene From Ethanol For Tire Production
Evonik Industries / Polyoctenamer-Based Process Additive
Flinders University / Self-Repairing Rubber
Kraton Corp. / IMSS Technology
MCPP (Mitsubishi Chemical Corp.) / Incorporating Renewable Carbon in TPEs
OCSiAl / Matrix Graphene Nanotube Concentrate For Fkm Compounds
OCSiAl / Graphene nanotube concentrate for conductive and anti-static silicones
OCSiAl / Graphene nanotube concentrate for antistatic and conductive cast PU
Proquitec / Therpol and the 5th Industrial Revolution
Semperit Technische Produkte Gmbh / Green EPDM
Trinseo Europe GmbH / Highly-Functionalized S-SBR
Tyromer Inc. / Tire-to-tire recycling
Following the announcement of the first Top 10 in ERJ's July/August issue, the table will be updated on a regular basis.
Companies and individuals in all areas of the elastomers/rubber industry are, therefore, invited to enter new projects for review at any stage during the year.
*The E4S judging panel, which is coordinated by ERJ editor Patrick Raleigh, comprises:
Prof James Busfield, professor of materials & national teaching fellow director of industrial engagement & head of the soft matter group, Queen Mary University of London.
Dr. Christoph Sokolowski, lead on ‘sustainability’ issues within the German rubber industry association the WDK (Wirtschaftsverband der deutschen Kautschukindustrie), based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Martyn Bennett, who has recently founded UK-based consultancy Midsomer Science, after a career spanning over 30 years at Avon Rubber plc, most recently as chief scientist and head of its ARTIS consultancy service.
Jiří Brejcha, head of Brejcha Rubber Consulting, and former materials development specialist at Trelleborg Wheel Systems, and before that Mitas, Prague, Czech Republic.