ChemSpec is pleased to announce several new, high quality magnesia products. Working directly with several world-class magnesia suppliers, we are able to provide optimum grades of Magnesium Oxide (MgO) (and other magnesia products) for all of your processing requirements. ChemSpec is providing a wide range of surface area and particle size magnesia to address the needs of both the small custom mixer to the large scale blending operation.
After the development of polychloroprene, MgO became, and remains, a critical ingredient in synthetic rubber manufacturing. High quality, high surface area MgO is a key processing ingredient to provide scorch protection and acid adsorption in rubber formulations.
To meet the demanding requirements of the rubber grade MgO industry, ChemSpec has invested in its technical service resources to help customers with their conversion and processing concerns. This includes the hiring of Anthony Mariniello. Anthony, a long-time veteran of the magnesia industry, brings a wealth of experience and technical knowledge to ChemSpec. Anthony serves as ChemSpec’s Product Specialist, and is available to provide advice on various MgO technical applications (and other magnesia product applications).
MgO is used in a multitude of rubber manufacturing applications, such as a filler, an anti-scorch ingredient, as a pigment, an acid acceptor, and as a curing aid. It is also used in many other industrial manufacturing applications: plastics, glass, ceramics, steel, sugar refining, coatings, electrical, foundries, construction, etc.
ChemSpec & Performance Additives had very successful Elastomer Trade Show this year. At the ChemSpec / Performance Additives booth we distributed literature, provided product presentations via a large flat screen T.V., and also displayed product samples. We had over 200 customers and suppliers stop by to inquire about products or to simply say hello.
We also had a fantastic party on Wednesday night of the show at the Corner Alley pub in downtown Cleveland. ChemSpec rented out the back party room, and gave away prizes for various bowling games, provided a pizza buffet, cigars and had an open bar. Over 100 of our closest friends, suppliers, and customers attended the event.
Thanks to everyone who participated and made it a wonderful show, and we look forward to Nashville in 2014!
By Brian Sears, Sales Representative
ChemSpec offers a unique form of Calcium products to rubber compounders. This material is supplied to ChemSpec by Innovo Chemical Ltd. (UK). Innovo quarries, burns, mills and classifies / tests these products (Innovox 95 [oxide] / Innovox OH [hydroxide]) all at the same physical location. This alleviates many issues related to unwanted chemical reactions with atmospheric moisture. Other manufacturers of CaO 80% pastes and 90% oil treated products purchase their raw lime from third parties. This material often sits in silos or tankers for extended periods, where it is exposed to the elements well before it is even used in paste / granule / oil treated material production.
Additionally, this is an easy Kaizen project. Innovox product particle sizes often allow for lower load rates. Innovox 95 / Innovox OH product has a mean particle size of 2 to 3 microns; where the competitions’ products typically run approximately 40 microns. Consequently, ChemSpec has been successful in using these CaO products to replace 80 and 90% materials, as the smaller particle size and greater surface permits a much smaller dosage (sometimes equating to a 50% reduction in load rate). Consequently, by substantially reducing the load rate, you can reduce your inventory of this material and run a leaner manufacturing process.
This smaller micron size also improves the surface of extrudates and molded components, thus alleviating failure point issues with agglomeration related to larger CaO micron particle size.
Please contact your respective sales rep for further information.
By Jon Sias, Operations Manager
An excellent partnership between Jingzhou Jianghan Fine Chemical Co., Ltd. (JHSi) and ChemSpec Ltd., now in its second year, is demonstrating positive growth with increased volumes and more products to customers across North America. We are pleased to announce this partnership will continue in 2014 and beyond.
JHSi began production in 1998 and is a major international manufacturer of silane coupling agents; with a capacity of over 30,000 tons per year. The plant covers 250,000 square meters (over 800,000 square feet) and is located in the Shashi Economic Development Zone in Jingzhou City. The plant employs over 430 employees. More than 30% of the employees have achieved college degrees, including two PhDs and four masters’ degrees. The company’s motto, “Quality is Life,” is fully demonstrated with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certificates.
JHSi produces the most comprehensive line of silane coupling agents in the world: Amino, Sulfur, Vinyl, Oligomer, Acyl, Epoxy, Alkyl, and Phenyl. ChemSpec is the sole distributor of these products into the North American Market; in addition to ChemSpec’s already-existing versatile product lines for the rubber and tire industry. ChemSpec can offer these silanes as equivalents to “workhorse” products already used in the industry. Most products are readily available from ChemSpec’s warehouse in Akron, Ohio. Product locations also include Atlanta and Los Angeles. Free product samples are readily available.
Multiple major tire companies have already globally approved JHSi silanes. ChemSpec is committed to representing quality suppliers with proven products and this line is no different, as it continues to gain market share.
ChemSpec’s technical team can help you consider these and other niche products that may offer compounding advantages. With almost 100 products, JHSi can certainly solve a problem or need at your company such as being offered on a carbon black carrier or as a dispersion powder. Packaging options include high quality totes and drums with standard weights and dimensions already familiar in North America.
by Chris Wagner, ChemSpec Sales Coordinator
ChemSpec is pleased to announce two new insoluble sulfur products it is now distributing on behalf of Oriental Carbon & Chemical, Ltd (“OCCL”). The products are DS OT 20 (HD) and DS OT 20 (HS) [the Specific Gravity & Bulk Density of both are (at 30°C) 1.58 ± 0.05, and (g/L) 400 to 650, respectively]. These products typically come in 25-Kg. bag packaging.
ChemSpec’s principle, OCCL, an Indian company, is one of the global market leaders in the production of Insoluble Sulfur for the Tire and Rubber industry, both in terms of quality as well as quantity. OCCL’s production capacity presently stands at 22,000 Mt per annum (with new capacities slated to be added in near future). OCCL’s commitment to quality is illustrated by its ISO 9001-2000 and EMS 14001-2004 Certifications. OCCL’s insoluble sulfur is internationally approved by the major tire manufacturers.
Insoluble sulfur, an amorphous form of sulfur, and made from the heat-polymerizing of sulfur, is a macromolecule polymer. It is a critical rubber additive, and improves product quality, wearability and resistance. Recognized across the industry as likely the best vulcanizing agent due to its “vulcanization speed,” it is used in both the manufacturing of radial and synthetic rubbers, such as these products: tires, automobile parts, rubber piping, cable and wire, shoe materials, latex, and belt tires.
Insoluble sulfur also tends to disperse uniformly in rubber, so it can prevent the conglomeration of sulfur, and reduces the tendency of scorching during store. It is also used to prevent “blooming.”
by Chris Wagner, ChemSpec Sales Coordinator
ChemSpec’s principal, Innovo Chemicals Ltd. (UK), is the only fully integrated European supplier of fine CaO grades for rubber compounding. The Company quarries, burns, mills, and classifies product all at the same physical location. Composite samples from daily production are tested against specifications before being transferred to the Innovox plant for blending/packing.
Its product line (Innovox 95, Innovox OH, Innovox OHG, and Innovox FG) has a mean particle size of 2 to 3 microns. The competitions’ products often have a mean particle size of approximately 40 microns. This is partly because converters require a larger particle size with lower surface area to be able to produce granules, pastes, and oil treated 80% / 90% active products; and partly because the CaO they buy is only available in the larger particle size, as there are no manufacturers, other than Innovox, who produce and classify such a fine commercial grade CaO.
ChemSpec has been extremely successful in replacing 80 & 90% oil treated products with Innovox CaO. The smaller particle size and significantly greater surface of the Innovox products allows them to be used at considerably lower dose rates while achieving the same desiccant effect—this can sometimes decrease the load rate by 50%.
Additionally, lower dose rates of a 2-3 micron particles improves the surface of extrudates and molded components. Consequently, failure points in thin membrane molding applications as a results of agglomeration caused by larger 40 micron particles of CaO can be eliminated by using the Innovox brand.
CaO has a high PH value of 13. One might anticipate that the addition of CaO at higher loadings might cause an acceleration of cure because of the extreme alkalinity of lime. In fact, high loadings of CaO tend to act as a filler, which erodes or “robs” the cure in rubber compounds. Reducing the loading of CaO will improve overall cure performance and physical properties.
Further, CaO begins to react with atmospheric moisture from the minute it is manufactured. As such, ChemSpec’s and Innovo’s job is to get the product to the customer with as little deterioration as possible. Consider the fact that producers of CaO 80% pastes and 90% oil treated products have to purchase their raw lime. This lime is stored in silos at the manufacturer, transported via bulk tanker, then stored in silos or warehouses in bags at the producer, before finally being used to produce a paste, granule or an oil treated product. All these operations mean that the product has significantly more chance of reacting with atmospheric moisture before it has even been made into a paste, granules or an oil treated product. The Innovox material is manufactured and packaged at one site location (quarried, burned, milled, classified and oil treated), whereby the product is exposed to a minimal amount atmospheric moisture.
Innovo successfully exports products to many regions around the world including North America, the Far East, and the Middle East, and has an excellent track record of product stability.
ChemSpec is hosting a hospitality event on Wednesday, October 9th, at the Corner Alley Pub in downtown Cleveland, and you’re invited! The party runs from 600pm to 1100pm.
There will be prizes, such as flat screen televisions, golf shirts, and golf ball sets. And yes, as always, we will have a cigar bar, for all the cigar enthusiasts.
The Corner Alley Pub combines a hip, bar scene, with bowling and billiards. ChemSpec’s party will be in the bar’s private party room, Millionaires’ Row, which has private bowling lanes, billiards, and a private bar.
There will be specialty pizzas served throughout the night, and there will also be an open bar.
See the official party banner here: Night Out Banner