This week we give the section over to the 20 leading contenders for places in the new E4S Top 10 rankings.
From the expert judging panel's* scoring and assessments, the revised Top 10 ranking of projects will be revealed in the Nov/Dec issue of European Rubber Journal magazine.
The E4S programme encompasses a wide range of materials-science-based developments for industries including: automotive, tires, automotive components, construction, consumer, industrial and medical.
In alphabetical order, the 20 contenders for the second E4S Top 10 (company/project title) are:
Asahi Kasei / New generation styrene-butadiene rubber
Behn Meyer Europe / Epoxidised natural rubber filler technology
Biokemik / Bio-Butadiene from renewable resources
Cabot Corp. / Engineered Elastomer Composites
Continental / Eco garden hose
Covestro / Sustainable Sports Flooring Based On Co2
ETB / Bio-Butadiene From Ethanol For Tire Production
ExxonMobil Chemical, Specialty Elastomers & Butyl Business / Creating higher performance tire innerliners with new specialty elastomer to extend battery range
Flinders University / Self-repairing rubber
Isogran / Rice-husk silica
JSR Elastomer Europe / New hydrogenated styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) for ultra-high strength
Kraton / IMSS Technology
Kuraray Europe / New styrenic elastomer using renewable monomer
Kordsa Technical Textile and Continental / New ecofriendly dip technology (COKOON) of textile reinforcement for tires : based on open source concept
MCPP (Mitsubishi Chemical Corp.) / Incorporating Renewable Carbon in TPEs
Semperit Technische Produkte / Green EPDM
Trinseo Europe / Highly-functionalized S-SBR
Trinseo Europe / ISCC certification of synthetic rubber production
Tyromer / Tire-to-tire recycling
UPM Biochemicals / Renewable functional fillers for a lighter and more sustainable future
*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.