PSG to Present Webinar on Improvements in Process Stability and Performance in High Silica Tread Compounds

CLEVELAND, OH (May 25, 2023) — Polymer Solutions Group (PSG), a polymer additive, dispersion, and release agent manufacturer, today announced that Dr. Gabriel N. Short, Product Innovation Chemist, and Mr. Vince Cremona, Innovation Program Manager, will present a webinar titled “Improvement in Process Stability of Silica Tread Compounds: How the Novel Chemistry of SureMix® S6 Can Protect a Silica Filled Tread Compound from Process Upsets & High Temperatures.” The live webinar, hosted by Rubber News, is scheduled for June 7, 2023, from 8:30–9:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Registration is free; registrants will receive access to the webinar recording and additional post-event resources. PSG encourages industry professionals to sign up now, so they don’t miss this important event. This webinar is the second in a series designed to help tire and rubber parts producers meet their sustainability and performance goals and aspirations.

PSG Webinar June 7, 2023 During the webinar, Dr. Short and Mr. Cremona will address the complexities of using higher silica levels in tire tread compounds to enhance wet traction, wear resistance, and handling. They will highlight the challenges that come with these improvements, such as increased viscosity, processing difficulties, and reduced fuel economy. Further complications introduced by high-temperature silanization will also be discussed, as disruptions in this sensitive process can lead to pre-scorch and increased scrap.

To address these issues, the presenters will then spotlight SureMix® S6, a cutting-edge functional process additive from PSG. The pair will present findings demonstrating that SureMix® S6 enhances processability, reduces cycle times, improves extrusion smoothness, and optimizes dynamic characteristics without compromising the inherent properties of the compounds. By leveraging SureMix® S6 in conjunction with high-temperature silanization, the team at PSG is helping formulators unlock the full performance potential of their products without processing limitations.

After the presentation, Joe Pryweller from Rubber News will moderate a brief Q&A with Dr. Short and Mr. Cremona.

Those interested in attending the free webinar can register through at Unable to attend live? Register now and receive access to the recorded session after the webinar.

About the Presenters
Dr. Gabriel N. Short, Product Innovation Chemist, Polymer Solutions Group
Dr. Short joined PSG in 2022 to support the continued innovation of PSG’s additive product line and develop sustainable chemical solutions to address customer and market needs. As PSG’s Product Innovation Chemist, Dr. Short leverages his materials, chemical synthesis, characterization, and processing expertise to devise sustainable synthesis routes for target chemistries. In addition, he conducts experiments to optimize existing synthesis methodologies and develop new synthesis approaches for the next generation of products. Dr. Short holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Organic Polymer Chemistry from the University of Florida and did postdoctoral research at the Georgia Institute of Technology, focusing on carbon capture.

Mr. Vince Cremona, Innovation Program Manager, Polymer Solutions Group
Vince Cremona is a distinguished professional with over 25 years of experience in chemical engineering and product development. He joined PSG in 2017 as Innovation Program Manager, primarily focusing on developing and manufacturing functional performance process aids for the rubber market. In addition, he plays a vital role in managing the day-to-day operations of the Innovation/R&D Lab. Mr. Cremona holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

About Rubber News
Founded in 1971, Rubber News serves rubber product manufacturers primarily engaged in the production of tires and inner tubes, footwear, reclaimed rubber, hose and belting, fabricated rubber products, rubber adhesives, and wire and cable products. Rubber News readers include executives, managers, engineers, and chemists involved in research and development, quality control, operations and production, engineering testing and analysis, purchasing, and sales and marketing. Also served are suppliers, consultants, independent laboratories, manufacturers not specified as primary rubber product producers, and OEM users of rubber components and universities. Visit to learn more.

About Polymer Solutions Group
PSG is an innovative manufacturer of class-leading proprietary and custom polymer additives, dispersions, and release agents for the rubber, plastic, and engineered wood industries. PSG offers a variety of customer-centric solutions that meet exacting specifications, provide superior performance characteristics, enhance processing efficiency, optimize supply chains, and lower overall costs. Trusted by the world’s leading companies in over 50 countries, our unparalleled products and application expertise cannot be matched by any other supplier.

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