Cooper Tire & Rubber Company and the Industrias Negromex S.A. de C.V. (INSA) subsidiary of Grupo KUO today announced another major milestone in their initiative to develop and commercialize silica masterbatch (SMB) technology. The companies have now successfully applied SMB in high volume material and tire manufacturing. Cooper has used SMB to manufacture more than 2 million premium passenger tires and derived a number of benefits from the technology including improved mixing productivity and flexibility, the elimination of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions associated with the standard silanization process of mixing silica, and improved silica dispersion in tire tread formulations, which led to better traction, wear and rolling resistance performance in the tires. “Day-to-day use of this technology has had a major impact on our company’s manufacturing productivity and competitiveness,” said Chuck Yurkovich, Cooper Tire’s Vice President, Global Research and Development. “With the tire industry’s move to improve performance through the use of silica, finding superior methodologies, as we have with INSA, to incorporate silica is advantageous to the entire industry.” INSA plans to expand the capacity of SMB production and market the product under the brand name “Emulsil™ Silica Masterbatch.” New production capacity is expected to be available by the first quarter of 2014. Emulsil™ product literature is available upon request from INSA. A review of this technology will be presented by Cooper and INSA at the American Chemical Society 2013 International Elastomer Conference, October 7 through 10, at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio. “We are excited to be able to offer the Emulsil Silica Masterbatch products to our customers in the tire and industrial rubber industry,” said Felipe Varela Hernandez, General Director of INSA. “We are confident our customers will be pleased with the quality and value of this new technology for achieving the benefits of silica in rubber compounds.”
About Cooper Tire & Rubber CompanyCooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) is the parent company of a global family of companies that specialize in the design, manufacture, marketing, and sales of passenger car and light truck tires. Cooper has joint ventures, affiliates and subsidiaries that also specialize in medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper's headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies located in 11 countries around the world. For more information on Cooper Tire, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/coopertire. About INSA INSA belongs to Grupo KUO, a leading industrial conglomerate. It is the sole producer of Emulsion Synthetic Rubber in México. INSA’s facilities are strategically located in the city of Altamira Tamaulipas in one of the most important industrial corridors of Mexico. The facility has nominal capacity of 150,000 MT/y and exports to more than 40 countries. For further information visit: www.negromex.com and www.kuo.com.mx .