Representatives from Cabot Corporation’s elastomer composites leadership team recently met with members of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) about Cabot’s long-term growth plans in Port Dickson, Malaysia.
In 1995, Cabot built the world’s first facility dedicated to liquid mixing of elastomer composites in Port Dickson and has continued to develop this revolutionary technology at that site. In 2017, following a 10-year period of exclusive engagement under a Technology License with Michelin, one of the world’s largest tyre manufacturers, Cabot announced an investment to expand the elastomer composites product line to a broader customer base.
Recently, Cabot has been working to commercialize new products with a select set of customers who have field tests completed or underway in multiple tyre and industrial rubber products applications.
Much of the demand for these products is driven by a need in the rubber industry to improve the performance, safety and durability of tyres and other common products while reducing the cost and environmental impact of their production. As customer programmes are advancing rapidly and demand is expected to rise in the next five years, Cabot is looking to continue investing in its capabilities to manufacture these products, Cabot says in a Press release.
Elastomer composites are unique products made primarily of natural rubber and reinforcing materials such as carbon black. They are produced in a proprietary and patented mixing process that creates materials that are structurally different from compounds produced by conventional methods.
Cabot elastomer composites transform performance through dramatic improvements in rubber properties that are critical for tyre applications such as reduced energy loss and higher resistance to abrasion, cutting or chipping. Longer lasting and more fuel-efficient tyres benefit consumers through a reduction in operating costs and help the transportation industry advance toward more sustainable mobility by reducing both the consumption of raw materials and emissions generated by cars and trucks, the company adds.