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  • Mitsui Chemicals looks to take advantage of improving supply-demand scenario (Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:26:51 -0400)
    TOKYO—Japanese chemical company Mitsui Chemicals anticipates that the TDI demand-supply outlook will ease in 2018 compared to 2017, according to statements made during a recent investor meeting.
  • Kuraray establishes JV for butadiene derivatives (Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:26:10 -0400)
    TOKYO—Kuraray has entered a joint venture agreement with Sumitomo and Thai petrochemical company PTT Global to produce butadiene derivatives in Thailand.
  • China's trade body disputes European TBR tariffs (Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:04:54 -0400)
    BEIJING—The China Rubber Industry Association is challenging the European Commission's assertion that imports of Chinese truck and bus tires into the EC are the cause of reduced profitability by European tire makers and retreaders.
  • Nokian underscores environmental goals through science-based initiative (Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:49:54 -0400)
    NOKIA, Finland—Nokian Tyres has joined the Science Based Targets initiative, a partnership of four non-governmental organizations that encourages companies to set scientific targets for combating climate change.
  • Wacky World of Rubber: Be kind to your cupholders (Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:01:46 -0400)
    Cupholders are the unsung heroes of my daily commute and family vacations. They should be treated respect and kindness, certainly better than I treat them. WeatherTech, apparently, agrees.
  • Semperit shutting down Chinese belt production site (Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:27:04 -0400)
    VIENNA—Semperit has taken steps to immediately shut down a 120-employee production site for conveyor belts in Shandong, China.
  • Game Changing Technology: The tires of the future (part 1) (Tue, 19 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0400)
    The tire of the future will be round, probably black and more than likely pneumatic.
  • TireHub clears regulatory hurdles; to start operations July 1 (Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:33:14 -0400)
    ATLANTA—TireHub, the Goodyear-Bridgestone Americas joint tire distribution venture, has cleared regulatory scrutiny and will begin serving customers the first week of July, the partners said June 19.
  • Data key in developing autonomous technology (Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:42:32 -0400)
  • Firestone Ag debuts farm radial for secondary tasks (Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:51:40 -0400)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas' Firestone Ag business unit has added an affordable line of tires under the Performer EVO name that's targeted for use in carrying out farming tasks that don't require a top-line tire.
  • David Martin to join Titan International (Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:04:16 -0400)
    QUINCY, Ill.—Titan International has named David Martin as senior vice president, chief financial officer and principal financial officer.
  • Industry leaders wary of trade war with China (Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:29:35 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—New and retreaded aircraft tires, several types of machinery for molding or processing rubber and plastics, and a long list of motor vehicles are among the $50 billion worth of goods imported from China facing 25 percent tariffs from the U.S.
  • Kraton increases HSBC prices (Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:14:43 -0400)
    HOUSTON—Kraton has issued a general price increase of $200 per metric ton for all hydrogenated styrenic block copolymer products.
  • New Products: Digital catalog showcases Chem-Trend offerings (Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:23:08 -0400)
    HOWELL, Mich.—Chem-Trend, a developer and manufacturer of release agents, purging compounds and process chemical specialties, published an online catalog for its Lusin mold maintenance products.
  • Zeon set to raise TPE prices (Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:50:36 -0400)
    TOKYO—Zeon is poised to raise prices for thermoplastic elastomer and hydrocarbon resins globally.
  • Tristone breaks ground on U.S. plant (Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:41:04 -0400)
    MOORESVILLE, S.C.—Hose manufacturer Tristone Flowtech launched the construction of a new plant, the company's first on U.S. soil, in Mooresville with a groundbreaking ceremony.
  • Shortages, price increases likely after EU tariffs on Chinese truck, bus tires (Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:37:11 -0400)
    COLOGNE, Germany—Europe's truck and bus tire market is likely to see shortages and face increased prices into early next year as a direct result of the European Union's recent imposition of provisional tariffs on Chinese tires.
  • Cabot increases carbon black prices (Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:59:53 -0400)
    BOSTON—Cabot is increasing prices on all carbon black products in its Reinforcement Materials segment sold in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
  • Hankook trial documents to remain unsealed (Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:57:36 -0400)
    RICHMOND, Va.—A federal judge in Richmond has denied the request of Hankook Tire and Hankook Tire America to seal certain documents that were part of the evidence in a $37.8 million product liability case against the tire makers.
  • Michelin researchers win patent award for 'auto-regenerate' tire (Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:06:20 -0400)
    PARIS—A pair of Michelin researchers have earned European inventor of the year recognition by the European Patent Office for the company's "auto-regenerate" truck tire design, which allows the tire's tread design to evolve as the tire wears.
  • Auto makers burned as U.S.-China spat flares (Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:49:33 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—Fears of a full-blown global trade war moved closer to reality when the U.S. delivered on a threat to impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports, including auto parts critical to the U.S.
  • Mold makers: 'We're in uncharted territory' on tariffs (Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:38:20 -0400)
    NOVI, Mich.—Mold makers at the Amerimold trade show said tariffs on steel and aluminum are raising prices for their key raw materials, and they will fuel higher prices for molds. But by how much depends on the size and complexity of the tool.
  • Goodyear CFO Laura Thompson to retire (Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:21:08 -0400)
    AKRON—Laura Thompson, Goodyear's executive vice president and chief financial officer, plans to retire in the first quarter of 2019 after 35 years with the company.
  • Triangle Tire Chairman Ding Yuhua dies (Fri, 15 Jun 2018 15:34:00 -0400)
    WEHAI/SHANDONG, China—Triangle Tire Executive Chairman Ding Yuhua died June 13 at age 69.
  • Nexen extends Roadian mud-terrain line with flotation versions (Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:20:39 -0400)
    BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif.
  • Autonomous legislation still a blank canvas (Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:38:39 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—The tire and auto equipment industries have definite ideas on what they want in pending regulation of automated vehicles. What they eventually will get, however, is still up for debate.
  • Nokian to raise car tire output in Finland (Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:12:18 -0400)
    NOKIA, Finland—Nokian is adding a fourth shift at its headquarters plant in Nokia, a move that will raise the plant's car tire output by 30 percent.
  • DuPont to invest $400 million in Tyvek capacity expansion (Fri, 15 Jun 2018 10:33:09 -0400)
    LUXEMBOURG—Rising demand for DuPont's Tyvek nonwoven materials has prompted DuPont Safety and Construction, a business unit of DowDuPont, to invest more than $400 million to expand capacity for the materials at its facility in Luxembourg.
  • Bridgestone, Michelin, Pirelli earn Ford supplier honors (Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:03:31 -0400)
    DEARBORN, Mich.—Latin American subsidiaries of Bridgestone, Michelin and Pirelli recently earned recognition as top-performing global suppliers for Ford.
  • A. Schulman shareholders approve LyondellBasell deal (Fri, 15 Jun 2018 10:09:25 -0400)
    FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Shareholders in materials firm A. Schulman have approved a deal under which LyondellBasell Industries will acquire Schulman for $2.25 billion.
  • GM 'will eventually' feel impact of trade uncertainty, CEO Mary Barra says (Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:00:09 -0400)
    DETROIT—General Motors is seeing cost increases in steel and aluminum amid uncertainty regarding tariffs and trade with the U.S. However, the company has not delayed any projects or plans.
  • U.S. tariffs target Chinese industrial products, including auto supplies (Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:01:14 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. government June 15 released two lists of products covered by $50 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports, including components purchased by suppliers for domestic production of automobiles.
  • Economic boom from self-driving cars will dwarf job dislocation, report says (Fri, 15 Jun 2018 10:58:41 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—Concerns about self-driving cars displacing a huge number of semi-skilled workers are overblown and should be balanced against overwhelming potential advantages in cheaper transportation, safety, mobility, productivity and cleaner air,...
  • Zeon adding HNBR capacity in Japan (Fri, 15 Jun 2018 10:40:29 -0400)
    TOKYO—Zeon is raising production capacity for hydrogenated nitrile rubber at its manufacturing plant in Kawasaki, Japan.
  • Technical papers sought for IRC 2019 (Fri, 15 Jun 2018 06:00:00 -0400)
    LONDON—The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3) has issued a call for papers for the International Rubber Conference in 2019.
  • Materials costs 'put heat' on BKT (Thu, 14 Jun 2018 15:13:17 -0400)
    CRETE, Greece—Balkrishna Industries (BKT) is "feeling the heat" from pressure on the supply and price of some of its main raw materials, according to top officials of the Indian off-road tire maker.
  • Sumitomo aims 'to grow with whole of market' (Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:53:04 -0400)
    Tire Business talked with Darren Thomas, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Falken Tire, a unit of Sumitomo Rubber North America, about his thoughts on the tire industry and how his company is performing heading into the second half...
  • Clariant's additives and concentrates growing in North America (Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:35:39 -0400)
    ORLANDO, Fla.—Materials firm Clariant International is looking to grow in North America, which now accounts for 20 percent of sales for the Muttenz, Switzerland-based company.
  • Tire makers must prepare for many scenarios (Thu, 14 Jun 2018 15:51:37 -0400)
  • Cloud-based crimping technology taking off (Thu, 14 Jun 2018 15:36:10 -0400)
    MARCO ISLAND, Fla.—Andreas Gerstenberger has never been shy about saying new technology should not be seen as a threat, but embraced as opportunity.
  • Equistone selling tire equipment maker Karl Eugen Fischer (Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:57:03 -0400)
    MUNICH—Funds managed by Equistone Partners Europe have agreed to sell a majority stake in tire-cord-cutting machine maker Karl Eugen Fischer.
  • Marangoni mulling investment in Brazil (Thu, 14 Jun 2018 15:21:45 -0400)
    ALA, Italy—Tyre Retreading Machinery, part of Marangoni Meccanica, has said that it is "looking with high interest" into investing in South America, particularly Brazil.
  • New Products: Emerald Vitroflex B plasticizer (Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:34:20 -0400)
    VANCOUVER, Wash.—Emerald Kalama Chemical has expanded the range of chemistries in its portfolio of plasticizers with Vitroflex B, designed for performance with environmentally friendly polysulfide sealants.
  • Ferrari picks Bridgestone for Portofino convertible (Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:42:41 -0400)
    BRUSSELS—Bridgestone was selected by Ferrari to supply optional run-flat tires for its 600-cv 2+2-seater Ferrari Portafino convertible sports car.
  • Improve dispersion, reduce mixing time, and achieve best dimensional stability for rubber parts (Wed, 13 Jun 2018 06:00:00 -0400)
    VESTENAMER® transoctenamer (TOR) has been used as an additive in the rubber industry for many years.
  • Enviro studying production of fuel from recycled tires (Wed, 13 Jun 2018 17:11:18 -0400)
    STOCKHOLM—A joint project run by the Research Institute of Sweden (Rise), tire recycler Scandinavian Enviro Systems and waste management group Ragn-Sells is studying the possibility of producing pyrolysis oil from worn out tires.
  • Toyo fights Doublestar's summary judgment motion in California case (Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:40:12 -0400)
    LOS ANGELES—Toyo Tire & Rubber and its U.S. subsidiary have filed a motion opposing the motion for partial summary judgment filed by two Chinese tire makers in a long-running trade dress infringement/unfair competition case.
  • Rose Mill buys rubber pre-weigh additives supplier PPS/Chempac (Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:43:25 -0400)
    WEST HARTFORD, Conn.—Rose Mill, a processor of industrial chemicals and minerals, has purchased PPS/Chempac, a supplier of rubber pre-weigh additives.
  • Covestro celebrates new expansion (Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:48:59 -0400)
    PITTSBURGH—Covestro officially started up an expansion at its New Martinsville, W.Va., production facility, which will increase the company's annual production capacity of thermoplastic polyurethane in North America by 25 percent through debottlenecking.
  • Pirelli sees growth in high-value segment (Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:46:05 -0400)
    Responding to a questionnaire sent by Tire Business, Andrea Casaluci, general manager of operations for Pirelli & C. S.p.A., said the company will continue to focus on high-value tires as the prestige and premium markets continue to grow.
  • Industry faces significant hurdles to fully autonomous vehicles (Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:56:53 -0400)
    The dream world of autonomous vehicles offers limitless possibilities. But as manufacturers well know, reality has its limits.
  • ARPM launches new website (Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:01:22 -0400)
    INDIANAPOLIS—The Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers launched its new website, with a new design and structure.
  • Georgia scrap tire program improves, but funding still lags (Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:57:06 -0400)
    ATLANTA—The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has taken steps to improve inspections and enforcement in the state's scrap tire program since an audit of the program three years ago.
  • Apollo continues to grow Vredestein brand in U.S. (Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:00:00 -0400)
    Steven Smidlein, senior vice president of Apollo Tires North America, talked with Tire Business about his company's plans to increase its market share, especially with its Vredestein-brand line.
  • Wacky World of Rubber: Kicking around EPDM at the 2018 World Cup (Wed, 13 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0400)
    With all due respect to American football, the real thing is about to take center stage. And EPDM rubber is going to be everywhere.
  • Profits drop for surfactant maker Maysta (Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:30:51 -0400)
    NANJING, Jiangsu—China's largest polyurethane surfactant maker Jiangsu Maysta Chemical reported a $7.97 million net profit in 2017, down by 26 percent from 2016.
  • New Products: New Kraiburg compound ideal for outdoor applications (Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:28:55 -0400)
    WALDKRAIBURG, Germany—Kraiburg TPE released a new compound of its Thermolast K UV/LD/b series for outdoor applications for building and construction, electrical engineering and electronics, as well as automotive.
  • Bridgestone investing $28 million for truck tire expansion (Tue, 12 Jun 2018 15:32:48 -0400)
    PUENTE SAN MIGUEL, Spain—Bridgestone is investing $28 million in its Puente San Miguel, Spain, factory to support the launch of a line of 24-inch radial truck tires suited for on- and off-road applications.
  • Huntsman sees growth opportunities in India (Tue, 12 Jun 2018 15:47:35 -0400)
    MAASTRICHT, Netherlands—At some point, MDI suppliers will need to bring resources closer to the Indian market. And for Hunstman, that move could come sooner rather than later.
  • Michelin on track with product performance goals (Tue, 12 Jun 2018 15:40:59 -0400)
    PARIS—Michelin is aiming to improve the performance of its products by at least 10 percent by 2020 compared with the 2010 baseline, the French tire maker disclosed during an investors' presentation in Paris.
  • Trelleborg adding earthmover tires to its OTR portfolio (Tue, 12 Jun 2018 15:46:52 -0400)
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden—Trelleborg Wheel Systems is expanding the range of OTR tires it produces into the earthmoving sector, a strategic move that eventually could result in capacity expansions at the firm's plants in North America and Asia.
  • Plastics leaders pitch industry to students during NPE (Tue, 12 Jun 2018 13:09:40 -0400)
    ORLANDO, Fla.—On the last day of NPE2018, Jennifer Kane brought students from her engineering classes at Orlando's Timber Creek High School to the massive trade show. They were excited to see injection molding, 3D printing and robotics.
  • Heat shield technology protects EV batteries (Tue, 12 Jun 2018 10:43:36 -0400)
    WEINHEIM, Germany—As electric vehicles continue to bring on more powerful batteries, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies is working on new technological approaches to help battery cells keep cool.
  • Penn State researchers use 3D printing to enhance silicone (Tue, 12 Jun 2018 10:36:52 -0400)
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa.—A team of Penn State researchers recently discovered how to improve the cell adhesion and strength of a silicone polymer with 3D printing.
  • Burteck branches into LSR tooling (Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:32:33 -0400)
    WINDSOR, Conn.—Burteck is getting ready to break into liquid silicone rubber.
  • BKT planning to take 'giant' step forward (Mon, 11 Jun 2018 15:54:24 -0400)
    CRETE, Greece—Balkrishna Industries (BKT) is ramping up production capabilities at its off-the-road tire plants in India as part of an effort to achieve a 10 percent share of the global OTR market by 2025.
  • GM, Honda team up on next-gen EV batteries (Mon, 11 Jun 2018 16:35:28 -0400)
    General Motors and Honda are partnering to develop a new generation of batteries aimed at cutting costs and accelerating the companies' rollout of electric vehicles.
  • Michelin sets high sustainability goals (Mon, 11 Jun 2018 16:25:06 -0400)
    MONTREAL—Michelin unveiled a plan to have 80 percent sustainable content in its new tires by 2048, company officials announced at the Movin'On advanced mobility conference in Montreal May 30-June 1.
  • European Commission inspectors raid styrene monomer purchasers (Mon, 11 Jun 2018 16:13:57 -0400)
    BRUSSELS—European Commission officials have carried out "unannounced inspections" of companies active in styrene monomer purchasing.
  • Yokohama rides 'good' momentum into 2018 (Mon, 11 Jun 2018 16:16:59 -0400)
    Tire Business talked with Jeff Barna, Yokohama Tire Corp. president and an officer on the Yokohama Rubber Co. board, about his company's initiatives heading into the second half of 2018.
  • Audi to reduce prototyping times with Stratasys 3D printer (Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:46:38 -0400)
    INGOLSTADT, Germany—Audi has adopted full color Stratasys 3D printers, which it will use to prototype taillight covers.
  • Continental track receives award (Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:50:27 -0400)
    HANOVER, Germany—The German Design Council awarded the German Innovation Award to Continental's ContiTech business unit's Trackman XP rubber track.
  • Autonomous vehicles pushing the industry toward new technologies (Mon, 11 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0400)
    A future where electric-powered, autonomous vehicles are the norm has forced the automotive industry into rapid change.
  • European tire recycling associations form partnership (Fri, 8 Jun 2018 14:10:24 -0400)
    BRUSSELS—The European Recycling Industries' Confederation and the European Tyre Recycling Association, have formed a partnership to strengthen the industry at the European level.
  • Bridgestone HosePower acquires N.J. distributor (Fri, 8 Jun 2018 13:26:52 -0400)
    ORANGE PARK, Fla.—Bridgestone HosePower, a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp., has purchased Industrial Rubber, a hydraulic and industrial hose sales and service company based in Elizabeth, N.J.
  • Fuel standards roll back could leave auto suppliers stranded (Fri, 8 Jun 2018 09:00:00 -0400)
    WINDSOR, Ontario—Auto suppliers are in danger of being left alone on a "technology island" if the U.S. rolls back fuel economy standards, IHS Markit Automotive's Michael Robinet warned.
  • Orion to raise carbon black prices in EMEA region (Fri, 8 Jun 2018 14:17:13 -0400)
    LUXEMBOURG—Orion Engineered Carbons will raise prices for all carbon black grades sold in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, beginning Aug. 1.
  • Recyclers overcoming challenges with OTR tires (Fri, 8 Jun 2018 13:39:31 -0400)
    HILTON HEAD, S.C.—By their very nature, off-the-road tires are difficult to manage and recycle, according to a speaker at the 34th Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference.
  • Adhesive and Sealant Council takes long-range approach to education (Fri, 8 Jun 2018 13:35:29 -0400)
    BETHESDA, Md.—The Adhesive and Sealant Council just released its updated long-range plan, which it began implementing in 2018 and will continue through 2020.
  • Waymo will expand self-driving services to Europe, CEO says (Fri, 8 Jun 2018 09:30:00 -0400)
    TURIN, Italy—Waymo aims to expand beyond the U.S. by entering Europe, potentially offering a mobility service with a fully driverless car fleet in cooperation with a local partner.
  • Nokian sees growth for 'all-weather' segment (Fri, 8 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0400)
    It's been a busy year for Nokian Tyres North America as it prepares to bring manufacturing to the U.S. And that's just the start for the Finnish tire maker as it looks to take advantage of growth opportunities around the globe.
  • Alliance Tire Group mulling need for fourth tire plant (Thu, 7 Jun 2018 12:39:42 -0400)
    CHENNAI, India—Off-the-road tire producer Alliance Tire Group is considering building a fourth factory to meet rising demand for its products.
  • USTMA hosts international tire association meeting in Washington (Thu, 7 Jun 2018 14:48:41 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association hosted a meeting June 5-6, attended by the chief executives of major regional tire manufacturing associations, to discuss global issues affecting the tire industry.
  • New Products: Liftomatic rolls out portable drum dumper (Thu, 7 Jun 2018 16:43:45 -0400)
    BUFFALO GROVE, Ill.—Liftomatic Material Handling recently released the TD-850, a fully portable drum dumper capable of handling drums weighing as much as 850 pounds.
  • Bridgestone sharpens focus on value-added tires (Thu, 7 Jun 2018 12:12:48 -0400)
    AKRON—Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations' TJ Higgins shared his observations on how the U.S. tire industry has been faring this year, as well as trends in tire demand, distribution and online purchases.
  • Adhesives and sealants M&A keeping a strong pace (Thu, 7 Jun 2018 16:14:17 -0400)
    MILWAUKEE—Mergers and acquisitions likely will continue at a rapid pace in the adhesives and sealants industry for the foreseeable future, according to Andy Hinz, managing director for Grace Matthews.
  • Dow Polyurethanes keeping an eye on potential mergers, acquisitions (Thu, 7 Jun 2018 14:43:32 -0400)
    MAASTRICHT, Netherlands—Dow Polyurethanes is on the hunt for systems houses that fit with its strategy in higher-added-value market segments, Jon Penrice, vice president Dow Polyurethanes, said at UTECH Europe 2018.
  • Truck industry embracing macro trends (Thu, 7 Jun 2018 14:44:45 -0400)
    HILTON HEAD, S.C.—A connected tire ecosystem of advanced tread design, retreading and advanced communications is the future of the commercial truck tire industry, according to Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations' Joseph Saoud.
  • Continental upgrades PureContact, TrueContact lines (Thu, 7 Jun 2018 12:15:20 -0400)
    FORT MILL, S.C.—Continental Tire the Americas is rolling out a pair of updated all-season touring tires—the PureContact LS and TrueContact Tour—that feature improvements in several key performance areas.
  • D.B. Becker to distribute Evonik's coatings resins (Wed, 6 Jun 2018 16:06:33 -0400)
    CLINTON, N.J.—Evonik has appointed D.B. Becker its exclusive distributor of its coating resins in the Northeastern U.S. region.
  • IISRP elects new officers for 2018-19 (Wed, 6 Jun 2018 12:40:52 -0400)
    MADRID—Brian Chapman, general manager of the elastomers business unit of Kuraray America, was elected 2018-19 president international of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers.
  • Continental bans social media apps in fear of data breach (Wed, 6 Jun 2018 11:52:47 -0400)
    HANOVER, Germany—Continental has banned the use of some social media apps including WhatsApp and Snapchat within its global network, saying the move is intended to protect its employees and partners from unintended data breaches.
  • Michelin advocating for more worn tire safety information (Wed, 6 Jun 2018 12:30:04 -0400)
  • Wacky World of Rubber: Partying rubber industry style (Wed, 6 Jun 2018 13:40:17 -0400)
    As the saying goes, everybody loves a party, and the rubber industry is no different. But to my observations, this is no more true than at the Manufacturers Hospitality Suites that are a big part of NAHAD's annual conventions.
  • U.S. faces retaliation for latest Trump steel tariff measures (Wed, 6 Jun 2018 15:00:39 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—President Trump's decision to levy tariffs against steel and aluminum imported from Canada, Mexico and the European Union was met with dismay from nearly every sector and promises of retaliation from the affected countries.
  • Polyurethanes industry to keep close eye on midterm elections (Wed, 6 Jun 2018 13:17:43 -0400)
    NAPLES, Fla.—The U.S. House of Representatives is likely to see some changes in midterm elections this fall, which could have repercussions for the polyurethanes industry, said Stephanie Silverman, CEO of Venn Strategies.
  • Eriks rebrands three portfolio companies (Tue, 5 Jun 2018 16:50:35 -0400)
    PITTSBURGH—Lewis-Goetz, Evco House of Hose and Valley Rubber & Gasket have rebranded as Eriks, effective June 1.
  • CenTiRe sees improvements with tire simulation, but says work remains (Tue, 5 Jun 2018 12:49:50 -0400)
    INDIANAPOLIS—Ron Kennedy, managing director of the Center for Tire Research, said accuracy of tire simulations currently limit their effectiveness in the process and is slowing their incorporation into the product approval process.
  • Bridgestone adds to flagship Ecopia line (Tue, 5 Jun 2018 16:54:28 -0400)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone has released the Ecopia H/L 422 Plus tire for crossovers, SUVs and minivans, expanding its flagship Ecopia line.
  • New Products: Silicone gel ideal for protecting electronics, optical components (Tue, 5 Jun 2018 13:49:00 -0400)
    HACKENSAK, N.J.—Master Bond has introduced MasterSil 170 Gel, a solvent-free, transparent silicone product that is designed for situations where protection of sensitive electronics or optical components from thermal stresses is key.
  • Americhem unifies brands, plans compounding line (Tue, 5 Jun 2018 13:46:38 -0400)
    ORLANDO, Fla.—Between 2013 and 2016, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio-based Americhem acquired three units had continued to operate under their own corporate names. Now they all will be under the Americhem umbrella.
  • Jeep rumbles into subscription market (Tue, 5 Jun 2018 10:32:17 -0400)
    BALOCCO, Italy—Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will jump into the burgeoning subscription market in 2019 under its Jeep Wave membership program.
  • Laser etching makes its mark for Seco (Tue, 5 Jun 2018 06:00:00 -0400)
    NORTH CANTON, Ohio—A new organic laser engraver unit has been saving time normally lost to processes like date-coding parts for Seco Machine, a division of A. Stucki.
  • University of Michigan launches driverless shuttles after construction delay (Tue, 5 Jun 2018 12:00:00 -0400)
    ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The University of Michigan has rolled out two driverless buses to run a one-mile route on the Ann Arbor campus and collect user data and feedback regarding autonomous safety and design.
  • SF Motors plans to open EV operations at Indiana plant (Mon, 4 Jun 2018 12:34:47 -0400)
    SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Chinese-owned electric vehicle developer SF Motors is planning to open a North American EV production plant in northern Indiana by the end of 2020.
  • Davis-Standard buys Brampton Engineering (Mon, 4 Jun 2018 11:27:08 -0400)
    PAWCATUCK, Conn.—Davis-Standard is adding to its film converting equipment portfolio with the acquisition of blown film machinery maker Brampton Engineering.
  • Private equity creating a major additives player with SI Group acquisition (Mon, 4 Jun 2018 16:45:31 -0400)
    NEW YORK—In a deal that will create a major plastic additives player, private equity firm SK Capital Partners is buying SI Group and combining it with its own Addivant business.
  • Bridgestone's ologic technology drives development of BMW EV tire (Mon, 4 Jun 2018 15:16:26 -0400)
    BRUSSELS—Bridgestone Europe will continue its relationship as sole tire supplier for BMW A.G.'s i3s model, an electric-powered vehicle.
  • BFGoodrich's new off-roading tire designed for extreme terrain (Mon, 4 Jun 2018 12:27:59 -0400)
    GREENVILLE, S.C.—Michelin North America has introduced the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 next-generation off-road tire for extreme conditions.
  • Tudertechnica spending $8 million to expand plant (Mon, 4 Jun 2018 12:40:48 -0400)
    MARCO ISLAND, Fla.—Specialty hose manufacturer Tubigomma Deregibus is spending $8 million to add 40,000 square feet to its Padua, Italy, factory, a project that will include a clean room for silicone hose.
  • Huron Capital targets adhesives market (Mon, 4 Jun 2018 11:22:51 -0400)
    DETROIT—Huron Capital has launched Brudner Polymer, an ExecFactor partnership with a goal to build a platform company in the adhesives and sealants industry.
  • Alliance rolls out high-capacity tire for large sprayers (Fri, 1 Jun 2018 15:47:40 -0400)
    WAKEFIELD, Mass.—Alliance Tire Americas has introduced a very high flexion tire, the Alliance Agriflex+ 354, for the largest class of high-clearance sprayers.
  • New products: Mitutoyo launches new hardness testers (Fri, 1 Jun 2018 11:00:00 -0400)
    AURORA, Ill.—Mitutoyo America released the newest HR-530 series Rockwell Hardness Testers, including the HR-530 and HR-530L.
  • Yokohama debuts Geolandar X-MT off-road tire (Fri, 1 Jun 2018 15:45:52 -0400)
    SANTA ANA, Calif.—Yokohama has introduced an "aggressive" Geolandar X-MT off-road tire for rock-crawlers and truck enthusiasts.
  • Cooper Standard acquisition expands presence in Asia (Fri, 1 Jun 2018 15:50:34 -0400)
    NOVI, Mich.—Cooper Standard continues to be active in the Asia-Pacific region, acquiring 80.1 percent of South Korea-based LS Mtron's automotive parts business.
  • Lord invests millions to expand adhesives site (Fri, 1 Jun 2018 15:36:55 -0400)
    SAEGERTOWN, Pa.—Lord's largest specialty chemicals, adhesives and coatings manufacturing facility is getting a major upgrade with a recently announced $80 million expansion investment.
  • GM's autonomous vehicle unit gets $2.25 billion boost from investment firm (Fri, 1 Jun 2018 15:23:42 -0400)
    DETROIT—SoftBank Vision Fund, a prominent technology investment firm, is investing $2.25 billion in Cruise Automation, General Motors' autonomous vehicle operation.
  • USTMA criticizes Trump administration's steel tariffs plan (Fri, 1 Jun 2018 09:28:28 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association became the latest group to criticize the Trump administration's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.
  • Raw materials, energy costs threaten chemicals industry revival in the U.K. (Fri, 1 Jun 2018 14:37:28 -0400)
    LONDON—Strong sales in Europe drove an increase in United Kingdom chemical and pharmaceutical exports, but rising raw materials, energy and employment costs could negatively impact the industry in the near future.
  • MEMA opposes Trump administration's latest tariffs on key allies (Thu, 31 May 2018 12:25:18 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association has come out against the Trump administration's decision to levy steel and aluminum tariffs against key allies.
  • Michelin completes Fenner acquisition (Thu, 31 May 2018 13:15:38 -0400)
    CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—Michelin has finalized its acquisition of Fenner, and named Fenner's chief financial officer as the CEO of the new wholly owned subsidiary.
  • Cooper Tire awards Roy V. Armes, Centennial scholarships (Thu, 31 May 2018 13:26:29 -0400)
    FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire & Rubber has named the recipients of this year's Roy V. Armes and Centennial Scholarships, honoring six students as they prepare to pursue higher education.
  • Goodyear expands mobility testing with Mcity partnership (Thu, 31 May 2018 15:40:26 -0400)
    AKRON—Goodyear is extending its global innovation network to include Mcity, the University of Michigan-led public-private partnership that strives to advance connected and automated vehicles and technologies.
  • MonTech to host RPA webinar (Thu, 31 May 2018 14:22:26 -0400)
    COLUMBIA CITY, Ind.—MonTech USA will host a webinar on June 13 that focuses on rubber process analyzer testing.
  • Michelin sets sights on tire-recycling goals (Thu, 31 May 2018 14:21:04 -0400)
    MONTREAL—By 2048, Michelin expects its newly manufactured tires to have 80 percent recycled content. It's just one of two ambitious goals the French tire maker has established for itself.
  • Bostik joint venture enhances industrial presence in Japan (Thu, 31 May 2018 15:14:54 -0400)
    YAO, Japan—Arkema is investing more capital into its adhesives unit, Bostik, with an acquisition that will enhance its Japanese joint venture.
  • Apollo releases UHP winter tire (Thu, 31 May 2018 13:21:02 -0400)
    COLOGNE, Germany—Apollo Tyres used its appearance at the Tire Cologne Show in Germany to unveil its newest addition to the Vredestein line, an ultra-high performance winter tire called the Vredestein Wintrac Pro.
  • Wacky World of Rubber: Chill out with rubber bands (Wed, 30 May 2018 12:26:21 -0400)
    As temperatures fire up for summer, you might be looking for new ways to cool off. Why not use rubber bands?
  • Goodyear initiative puts emphasis on volunteering (Wed, 30 May 2018 16:29:14 -0400)
    AKRON—Goodyear is gearing up to give back during its second Global Week of Volunteering, planned for May 31-June 6.
  • Kraiburg TPE commits to conservation, cost reduction (Wed, 30 May 2018 16:04:58 -0400)
    KRAIBURG, Germany—In an effort to meet rising demand for environmentally friendly thermoplastic elastomers, Kraiburg TPE is focusing on the development of custom-engineered TPEs that contain variable proportions of renewable raw materials.
  • Firestone recognized for safety (Wed, 30 May 2018 15:30:57 -0400)
    WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.—Firestone Industrial Products received its fifth Governor's Health and Safety Award for achieving 3 million hours worked without a lost-time incident.
  • The struggle to decode Trump's trade moves (Wed, 30 May 2018 13:39:14 -0400)
    MEXICO CITY—For a soft-spoken stalwart of Mexico's auto industry, Guillermo Rosales is blunt when it comes to the frustrations his country has faced since President Trump reopened the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  • GM, Waymo emerge in development of self-driving vehicles (Wed, 30 May 2018 12:50:18 -0400)
    The best example of a dinosaurs-vs.-disrupters battle may be the race to deploy self-driving vehicles between General Motors and Google spinoff Waymo.
  • DuPont to establish new Kalrez facility in Delaware (Wed, 30 May 2018 09:00:00 -0400)
    NEWARK, Del.—DuPont's Kalrez operation keeps growing, and now the company is investing to keep up with that growth.
  • Champlin is ISRI's new chair-elect (Tue, 29 May 2018 15:30:00 -0400)
    WASHINGTON — Gary Champlin, general manager of Champlin Tire Recycling in Concordia, Kan., is the new chair-elect of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.
  • Continental recalls 655 hybrid medium truck tires (Tue, 29 May 2018 14:30:00 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—Continental is recalling 655 Conti Hybrid H53 medium truck tires, size 11R22.5, Load Range G, because tire cords may be visible through the inner liner.
  • Hankook partners with Arlanxeo for technology development (Tue, 29 May 2018 14:15:00 -0400)
    SEOUL, Korea—Hankook signed a second memorandum of understanding with Arlanxeo, a global synthetic rubber producer, to co-develop synthetic rubber technologies for high-performance tires.
  • Spectrum acquires Fermatex, revives Adam Spence name (Tue, 29 May 2018 09:35:00 -0400)
    ALPHARETTA, Ga.—Spectrum Plastics Group has purchased Fermatex Vascular Technologies from Vance Street Capital, which had owned the company for only seven months.
  • New Products: Kraiburg TPE compounds for automotive exteriors (Tue, 29 May 2018 09:30:00 -0400)
    WALDKRAIBURG, Germany—Kraiburg TPE, a manufacturer of thermoplastic elastomers, has sped up product development for automotive industry applications such as high-quality exterior applications.
  • Rubber industry must adapt to attract new talent (Tue, 29 May 2018 09:00:00 -0400)
    CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio—The silicone industry needs to manage its image and rethink its workplace to attract young talent, according to Joe Walker, global technology director for materials and laboratories for Freudenberg Sealing Technologies and...
  • DTI owner mourns death of his wife, company VP (Tue, 29 May 2018 08:45:00 -0400)
    CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio—Rosanne Heitner-Parikh, wife of Yogesh Parikh, has died at age 75 following a third fight with cancer.
  • ITEC to host two special tire education classes (Fri, 25 May 2018 11:45:00 -0400)
    AKRON—Two educational programs are being held concurrently with the International Tire Exhibition & Conference, to be held Sept. 11-13 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron.
  • Astorg to acquire Arsenal's IGM Resins business (Fri, 25 May 2018 11:30:00 -0400)
    NEW YORK—Arsenal Capital Partners has signed a definitive agreement to sell its IGM Resins business to Astorg.
  • Triangle clears government hurdles for funding of new U.S. tire plants (Fri, 25 May 2018 09:00:00 -0400)
    FRANKLIN, Tenn.—China's Triangle Group is getting close to breaking ground on its previously announced passenger and light truck tire factory in Edgecombe County, east of Rocky Mount, N.C.
  • Orion rubber black sales, earnings increase to start 2018 (Fri, 25 May 2018 10:30:00 -0400)
    LUXEMBOURG—Orion Engineered Carbons has posted a 25.6 percent increase in earnings for its rubber blacks business.
  • Natural rubber prices remain weak (Fri, 25 May 2018 11:15:00 -0400)
    LONDON—Despite a rise in crude oil prices, and the resulting pressure on synthetic rubber prices, NR prices showed little sign of strengthening last month as wintering season came to an end in Southeast Asia.
  • Pan Stone aims to double rubber machinery sales (Fri, 25 May 2018 12:30:00 -0400)
    WREXHAM, Wales—Pan Stone Europe, a family-run distributor of rubber molding machinery based in Wrexham, is seeking to double sales within three years.
  • MEMA seeks one national CAFE standard (Fri, 25 May 2018 10:00:00 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—Scott Pruitt, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has not yet revealed details of how he plans to revise greenhouse gas emissions and corporate average fuel economy standards for model years 2022-25.
  • Fenner reports growth ahead of Michelin takeover (Fri, 25 May 2018 09:45:00 -0400)
    HESSLE, England—Polymer engineering company Fenner has reported a strong half-year performance ahead of its expected takeover by Michelin.
  • New Products: Chem-Trend develops new polyolefin (Thu, 24 May 2018 16:24:26 -0400)
    HOWELL, Mich.—Chem-Trend has unveiled its Ultra Purge polyolefin, which extracts material residues that build up within hot runner systems and cause hang up spots in injection molded parts weeks after a color change.
  • Trump orders tariff investigation of imported autos, auto parts (updated) (Thu, 24 May 2018 11:05:39 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—President Trump has ordered the U.S. Department of Commerce to conduct an investigation into whether imported vehicles and vehicle parts constitute a threat to national security.
  • EPA to toughen fluorochemical rules (Thu, 24 May 2018 14:07:00 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—Calling it a "national priority," Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told a Washington conference May 22 that EPA will develop tougher regulations around chemicals widely used in making fluoropolymers and other products.
  • Editorial: Time will tell if Goodyear's natural rubber policy has teeth (Thu, 24 May 2018 11:30:25 -0400)
    Three days after Goodyear's new sustainable natural rubber procurement policy made its debut, Mighty Earth—an environmental organization which had praised the sustainable NR programs of Goodyear's competitors—claimed the Goodyear plan looked inadequate...
  • Study suggests new-vehicle buyers downplay fuel prices (Thu, 24 May 2018 11:26:43 -0400)
    Most new-vehicle buyers say the recent fuel price surge is unlikely to influence their vehicle purchasing decision, a new study indicates.
  • ANRPC expects China, India to drive natural rubber consumption (Thu, 24 May 2018 10:28:55 -0400)
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Growth in demand throughout India and China is set to rekindle global consumption of natural rubber, according to the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries.
  • Wacky World of Rubber: Tires made difference in first Indy 500 (Wed, 23 May 2018 08:00:00 -0400)
    Tires always have been a big part of the Indianapolis 500, but perhaps no more so than they were in the inaugural running in 1911.
  • Ceat uses new warranty to emphasize ag tire quality (Wed, 23 May 2018 11:40:53 -0400)
    CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Ceat is offering a "best in class" seven-year warranty on all of its ag radial tires sold in North America.
  • Mearthane acquires Rhode Island Water Jet (Wed, 23 May 2018 16:21:14 -0400)
    CRANSTON, R.I.—Mearthane Products, a developer and manufacturer of customized polyurethane products, finished its acquisition of Rhode Island Water Jet.
  • U.K. leaders to seek ban of cladding on high rise buildings (Wed, 23 May 2018 16:28:46 -0400)
    LONDON—Government officials in the United Kingdom are planning for a future ban on flammable cladding on high-rise buildings as the public inquiry continues into the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed at least 73 people in June 2017.
  • Column: Vehicle subscription idea has traction (Wed, 23 May 2018 15:15:08 -0400)
    It has been talked about for years, but it looks like now may be the time for vehicle subscription services.
  • Bridgestone Americas awards inventors (Wed, 23 May 2018 15:59:22 -0400)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas recognized 154 employees at its 39th Annual Bridgestone Americas Inventors Awards Dinner, held May 3 at the Firestone Country Club in Akron.
  • Bridgestone donating land in Tennessee to Nature Conservancy (Wed, 23 May 2018 15:00:08 -0400)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas is donating 5,763 acres it owns on the Cumberland Plateau in central Tennessee to The Nature Conservancy.
  • Goldsmith & Eggleton celebrates 50 years in business (Wed, 23 May 2018 13:03:30 -0400)
    WADSWORTH, Ohio—Goldsmith & Eggleton has existed in many spaces, but it started off with just an idea. What started as a small family business has continued to grow and expand into new markets, and in 2018 will celebrate its 50th anniversary.
  • New Products: Denka develops new high-performance elastomer (Tue, 22 May 2018 12:06:27 -0400)
    TOKYO—Denka has developed its third high-performance elastomer, dubbed Evolmer, which can be used as an alternative to hydrogenated nitrile rubber.
  • TIA, USTMA join forces on tire registration (Tue, 22 May 2018 16:50:00 -0400)
    HILTON HEAD, S.C.—The Tire Industry Association and the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association are cooperating to find an effective and equitable way of registering tires in case of a recall.
  • Cabot expanding global carbon black capacity (Tue, 22 May 2018 16:54:12 -0400)
    BOSTON—Cabot is planning a series of projects that it says will increase its global carbon black capacity by more than 300,000 metric tons per year.
  • USTMA, others urge passage of Ohio used tire bill (Tue, 22 May 2018 12:46:48 -0400)
    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Anne Forristall Luke, president and CEO of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association, joined other officials in Columbus May 22 to urge passage of an Ohio state bill that would ban unsafe used tires from Ohio roads.
  • Emerald to increase prices June 1 (Tue, 22 May 2018 16:41:22 -0400)
    VANCOUVER, Wash.—Several factors, including raw materials and shipping costs as well as supply-and-demand balances, have led Emerald Kalama Chemical to increase prices for various products.
  • Auto makers tell White House 'climate change is real' (Tue, 22 May 2018 11:49:01 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—Auto makers urged the White House to cooperate with California officials in a coming rewrite of vehicle efficiency standards, saying "climate change is real."