Cooper Tire and Industrias Negromex (INSA) Announce Joint Development of Viable Manufacturing Proces
Cooper Tire and Industrias Negromex (INSA) Announce Joint Development of Viable Manufacturing Process to Produce Silica Masterbatch
FINDLAY, Ohio & MEXICO CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Building on the recent announcement that Cooper Tire & Rubber Company and the Industrias Negromex S.A. de C.V. (INSA) subsidiary of Grupo KUO have jointly earned a U.S. patent (8,357,733) for silica masterbatch, the two companies today reported achieving a significant milestone. They have successfully evaluated silica masterbatch technology in full-scale production facilities and demonstrated that tires produced with silica masterbatch technology offer a range of benefits compared with tires produced using conventional dry silica mixing technology.
"This is a first for the tire industry," said Chuck Yurkovich, Cooper Tire's Vice President, Global Research and Development. "It's one thing to patent an industry-leading silica masterbatch process, but quite another to successfully use it in manufacturing and evaluate this new technology in tires. By accomplishing this, Cooper Tire and INSA have demonstrated significant processing advantages in our plants—including improvements in mixing efficiencies through considerable reduction in cycle times over conventional dry mixed silica—and we've been able to verify all aspects of tire performance."
"It is exciting that Cooper Tire was able to demonstrate strong tire performance and value with this technology," said Felipe Varela Hernandez, General Director of INSA. "We are also equally excited to have established a viable silica masterbatch manufacturing process in our Altamira production plant. The joint development by our two companies over several years has been a key driver to confirm the future commercialization potential of this technology."
The silica masterbatch required for these tire evaluations was produced in a full-scale production demonstration line at the INSA plant in Altamira, Mexico. The silica masterbatch from this manufacturing process was used to complete multiple tire evaluations by Cooper Tire. Tire testing consisted of all aspects of tire performance including traction and handling, treadwear, all-season capability and rolling resistance.
About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYS: 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.
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.
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