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07-06-2005: IRC2005 - The North European International Rubber Conference - Creating Value Throughhout the Supply Chain

MECC Maastricht Forum 100

Maastricht, The Netherlands 6229 GV


Seminar schedule

Time
14.00

Author(s)
Alistair Hill, Meteor Gummiwerke, K. H. B

Subject
Value creation between raw materials, system manufacturers and OEM

Value creation between raw materials, system manufacturers and OEM   

he greater part of the rubber processing industry produces products which are required for automotive vehicles and is therefore essentially part of the Automotive Industry. The developers and manufacturers of non-tyre rubber products, like many other suppliers, have experienced extreme hardship during the last decade. During the last decade the OEMs have transferred increasing responsibility for design, development and the quality of the required products. The rubber processor progressed from the manufacturer of relatively simple moulded or extruded parts to a designer and producer of multifunctional components and systems. On the other hand many OEMs have increasingly regarded these products as commodities and have made considerable moves to lower the price of many products through direct pressure on the suppliers as well as through global auctions. Some of the methods used are ethically questionable. In the
Time
14.01

Author(s)
Joeri Leenaers, BLIC European Association of the Rubber Industry, Belgium

Subject
REACH

REACH   

In this paper, you will be given a brief overview of the major requirements of the REACH regulation and how these provisions will affect (downstream) industries. Bearing in mind the potential consequences for our sector, BLIC has been following and contributing to the legal and political process very closely from the start. We have made a detailed analysis of the current proposal and developed proposals for amendments on a number of key points that need to be incorporated in order to make the system more workable for our industry. We have mainly been paying attention to reduce the administrative and financial burdens created by the system without, affecting the aim of the regulation, while seeking to ensure a level playing field between EU and Non-EU manufacturers.
Time
14.45

Author(s)
P. Habets, DSM Engineering Plastics, The Netherlands

Subject
Stanyl

Stanyl   

Engineers and designers are searching in their quest to reduce costs, for reliable alternatives to be used in their current metal-to-rubber product ranges. Where as in the past metal did the job, they have chosen engineering plastics to be suitable candidates. Function integration, weight, interaction with the rubber and cost reductions are only a few of many criteria, which make the choice for plastics an obvious one. DSM
Time
15.15

Author(s)
H Hirsch, WDK, Germany

Subject
European ELV directive - a rubber perspective

European ELV directive - a rubber perspective   

see document
Time
16.15

Author(s)
David Shaw, European Rubber Journal, UK

Subject
Profitability through the supply chain

Profitability through the supply chain   

see document
Time
16.16

Author(s)
John Dorken, British Rubber Manufacturers

Subject
End of life tyres management: update

End of life tyres management: update   

see document
Time
16.45

Author(s)
Andrew Chapman, Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre, UK

Subject
Reducing zinc in rubber compounds

Reducing zinc in rubber compounds   

There is pressure on the rubber industry to reduce the zinc content of rubber compounds, because of concerns that zinc chemicals have adverse effects on the aquatic environment. An EU-supported project, entitled
Time
17.15

Author(s)
Anita Neau, Nynas Naphthenics AB, Sweden and Marika Joona, Nynas Naphthenics, USA

Subject
Naphthenic plasticizer: an environmentally conscious alternative to aromatic extracts

Naphthenic plasticizer: an environmentally conscious alternative to aromatic extracts   

The environmental impact of chemical products is an increasing concern among both authorities and chemical industries. In February 2004, the EU adopted a proposal of legislation to ban the use of distillate aromatic extracts in tires. Although the industrial rubber segment is not directly concerned by this directive yet, it is likely to experience its effects due to the lower demand on aromatic extracts and the consequent changes in the oil industry. Naphthenic plasticisers are one of the environmentally conscious alternatives to aromatic extracts. Their chemical nature gives them a good solvent power and good compatibility with most elastomers. Their performance in industrial rubber compounds will be compared with that of aromatic extracts and other possible alternative plasticisers.

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