Eastman Experts to Discuss Increased Efficiency in Tire Production At the International Elastomer Conference

September 16 2019

In today’s challenging business environment, tire makers can’t afford to be wasteful. That’s why Fred Ignatz-Hoover, a technology fellow at Eastman, will stress-energy savings and improved manufacturing efficiency during his talk at the International Elastomer Conference in Cleveland in October. “Profitability isn’t just about improving sales,” said Ignatz-Hoover, who has worked in the tire industry for 33 years. “Every percentage of energy savings and improved production efficiency in the factory helps your bottom line.” The conference will be held Oct. 8–10 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. Ignatz-Hoover’s talk is titled “Compounding and Processing Rubber Compounds Containing Insoluble Sulfur: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” A big part of that compounding and processing history involves Eastman Crystex insoluble sulfur, the market leader that is currently in its 75th year. It aids in dispersion and allows for hotter and faster mixing in tire production. According to Ignatz-Hoover, the latest breakthrough in the product line, Crystex Cure Pro, has shown a remarkable ability to increase productivity. “At the tire factory level, tire-producing customers have seen Cure Pro improve mixing capacity from 25 to 30 percent,” Ignatz-Hoover said. “Cure Pro is clearly the best insoluble sulfur in the world today.”

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