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  • Driven by emotion: Designing the auto interiors of the future (Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:03:13 -0500)
    How do you want to feel when you're inside the vehicle of the future—it'll be autonomous, by the way—and what role do materials play in evoking positive emotions in passengers?
  • Nexen chosen as OE fitment for Porsche Macan (Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:20:04 -0500)
    STUTTGART, Germany—Porsche has selected Nexen Tire's N'Fera RU1 as an original equipment fitment on the 2018 Macan compact SUV.
  • BFG, Goodyear spec'd OE on 2018 Jeep Wrangler (Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0500)
    LOS ANGELES—The newly designed 2018 Jeep Wrangler will roll on BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A KO2 and Goodyear Wrangler AT Adventure light truck tires when it hits dealers' showrooms early next year.
  • Trelleborg to open new sealing headquarters in 2018 (Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:01:58 -0500)
    TRELLEBORG, Sweden—Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is expecting to move to its new global headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, by June.
  • Kumho pitching a 'better tomorrow' for U.S. dealers (Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:34:50 -0500)
    LOS CABOS, Mexico—After a difficult year financially in 2016, Kumho Tire USA rebounded in 2017 with double-digit growth, and the company is looking to continue that momentum in the year ahead.
  • ARPM recognizes 5-year members (Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:04:01 -0500)
    INDIANAPOLIS—The Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers board of directors and its staff recognized companies with continuous memberships of five years or more.
  • Sen. Tim Scott tours South Carolina's Giti plant (Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:15:00 -0500)
    RICHBURG, S.C.—U.S. Sen. Tim Scott was introduced to the world of tire making during his tour of the new Giti plant in Richburg.
  • Executive of the year: Rick Valeriote's son, employees proud to work for him (Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:15:23 -0500)
    GUELPH, Ontario—Geoff Valeriote hears from skeptics all the time who can't believe he works for his father. But he says these people don't know what it's like to work for his dad, Rick Valeriote.
  • Turkey's Kordsa to acquire 2 U.S. firms (Fri, 8 Dec 2017 13:09:45 -0500)
    ISTANBUL—Kordsa, a Sabanci Holding subsidiary, is expanding its footprint in North America and increasing its reinforcement technologies through the acquisition of two advanced composite technology firms in the U.S.
  • Michelin's Formula E race tire supply contract extended (Fri, 8 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0500)
    HONG KONG—The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and Group Michelin have renewed Michelin's contract as the official tire supplier of the FIA Formula E Championship through the end of the 2020/21 season.
  • Hankook promotes Soo Il Lee to president, CEO (Fri, 8 Dec 2017 14:00:00 -0500)
    SEOUL, South Korea—Hankook has promoted Soo Il Lee to president and CEO, saying he will serve alongside current CEO Hyun Bum Cho as a "separate representative" of the company.
  • R.D. Abbott realigns staff, expands agreements (Fri, 8 Dec 2017 13:00:00 -0500)
    CLEVELAND—R.D. Abbott is making several moves that it said will help it more effectively serve its customer base in North America.
  • Orion launches new specialty carbon black production line (Fri, 8 Dec 2017 12:36:46 -0500)
    YEOSU, South Korea—Orion Engineered Carbons, a supplier of specialty carbon black, completed construction of a new carbon black production line at its plant in Yeosu.
  • Bodine confirmed as head of EPA enforcement office (Fri, 8 Dec 2017 11:51:56 -0500)
    WASHINGTON—The Senate has confirmed Susan Parker Bodine as assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
  • Cooper Tire to lay off 80 employees (Fri, 8 Dec 2017 10:41:44 -0500)
    FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire will eliminate 80 salaried positions in North America.
  • Executive of the year: Rick Valeriote leads by example (Fri, 8 Dec 2017 09:37:25 -0500)
    GUELPH, Ontario—Rick Valeriote has been part of the rubber industry for more than four decades.
  • Editorial: Elastomer Valley group advocates for Quebec firms (Thu, 7 Dec 2017 10:55:23 -0500)
    There is one association that has quietly championed the rubber industry in Quebec for years. And because of its dedication, the Elastomer Valley group has helped keep rubber manufacturing thriving in Canada.
  • Hankook expands veteran service partnership (Thu, 7 Dec 2017 10:25:12 -0500)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Hankook Tire America continued its partnership with Disabled American Veterans by expanding the number of Hankook-sponsored DAV Mobile Service Office stops across the country.
  • Birla appoints new head of Specialty Blacks Business (Thu, 7 Dec 2017 15:45:00 -0500)
    MUMBAI, India—Birla Carbon has appointed Todd Cottrell as president of its Specialty Blacks Business, selecting him to succeed Jas Sandhu who is set to retire.
  • ElringKlinger enters JV to bring more lithium-ion batteries to auto market (Thu, 7 Dec 2017 12:30:00 -0500)
    DETTINGEN AN DER ERMS, Germay—ElringKlinger, a German auto parts maker, has a joint venture deal with the Chinese company Sichuan Chengfei Integration Technology to develop and produce lithium-ion battery modules.
  • Freudenberg-NOK develops new fluorinated rubber for seals (Thu, 7 Dec 2017 14:26:44 -0500)
    PLYMOUTH, Mass.—Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies has developed a new family of high-temperature fluorinated rubbers with "excellent sealability" to meet the new challenges faced by the automotive industry.
  • Health care embraces many rubber compounds (Thu, 7 Dec 2017 13:45:00 -0500)
    CLEVELAND—With all the polymer choices available for the health care industry, it's important to make sure all parties involved with medical device development understand the application and regulatory hurdles involved.
  • USTMA urges NHTSA to eliminate unnecessary regulations (Thu, 7 Dec 2017 10:26:42 -0500)
    WASHINGTON—Several regulations on the books at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are "outdated, unnecessary or ineffective" and should be rescinded, the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association said.
  • USW reiterates opposition to negative truck-bus tire determination (Thu, 7 Dec 2017 10:25:57 -0500)
    NEW YORK—The International Trade Commission's decision that Chinese truck and bus tire imports weren't causing material injury to U.S. truck and bus tire manufacturers was flawed, according to the United Steelworkers union.
  • U.S. NAFTA proposals 'wholly unworkable,' Canada's top negotiator says (Wed, 6 Dec 2017 12:13:42 -0500)
    OTTAWA—Canada's chief NAFTA negotiator delivered a stark warning to members of parliament, telling them that changes proposed by the U.S. would hit the North American auto industry hard.
  • Andreas Gerstenberger: Digital trends will drive new business models (Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:52:46 -0500)
    FAIRLAWN, Ohio—There are a number of megatrends developing in the world, but the top executive of ContiTech's global hose business said companies shouldn't look at these as threats.
  • Nokian's Tommi Heinonen to head up Americas business unit (Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:13:41 -0500)
    NOKIA, Finland—Tommi Heinonen, Nokian Tyres North America's general manger/managing director, also will be responsible for Central and South America starting in 2018.
  • Time to standardize automatic braking (Wed, 6 Dec 2017 12:40:15 -0500)
    Accidents such as rear-end collisions or hitting poles and other obstructions—not to mention accidents involving pedestrians—result in thousands of deaths and injuries each year.
  • Soucy Techno expands facility, develops Soucyprene (Wed, 6 Dec 2017 12:36:41 -0500)
    CLEVELAND—Soucy Techno invested about $35.3 million into an expansion of its facility to increase its custom mixing abilities and patented a new compound.
  • Mearthane broadens portfolio with Elmco purchase (Wed, 6 Dec 2017 12:30:21 -0500)
    CRANSTON, R.I.—Mearthane has completed the acquisition of Elmco, bringing in capabilities to improve the company's competitiveness and speed.
  • Rol-Tec investment brings new machine (Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:05:44 -0500)
    ASHWAUBENON, Wis.—Rol-Tec has invested in a second precision laser engraving machine to meet growing demand for in-the-round flexo printing sleeves and cylinders.
  • Wacky World of Rubber: Something's popping (Wed, 6 Dec 2017 10:58:58 -0500)
    Visiting Grandma, there were certain things you could count on. You knew, for instance, that she would insist on making some popcorn in the hot-air popper.
  • Trelleborg, Chinese firm partner to study marine infrastructure design (Tue, 5 Dec 2017 11:37:30 -0500)
    SHANGHAI—Trelleborg's Marine Systems operation has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese firm Third Harbor Consultants Co. to work on marine and port transport designs.
  • Commerce levies stiff antidumping duties in steel wire rod case (Tue, 5 Dec 2017 14:37:09 -0500)
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Commerce has made affirmative final antidumping determinations against imports of carbon and alloy steel wire rod from Belarus, the Russian Federation and the United Arab Emirates.
  • European tire sector 'should not fear the future' (Tue, 5 Dec 2017 14:30:14 -0500)
    COLOGNE, Germany—The European tire industry should not fear the future, despite current stagnation in demand in the main replacement markets, the chairman of Germany's BRV tire trade association said recently.
  • Jeffrey Hyland to succeed Stephen Merrick as CTI president (Tue, 5 Dec 2017 13:12:27 -0500)
    LAKE BARRINGTON, Ill.—The board of directors of CTI Industries Corp. named Jeffrey Hyland to replace Stephen Merrick as president of CTI.
  • Wildeck receives Most Valuable Supplier award (Tue, 5 Dec 2017 13:20:52 -0500)
    WAUKESHA, Wis.—The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association has selected Wildeck as the recipient of its Most Valuable Supplier award for 2018.
  • IISRP opens online registration for General Meeting (Tue, 5 Dec 2017 12:56:17 -0500)
    HOUSTON—The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers launched the website to register for its 59th Annual General Meeting to be held in Madrid from May 7-10.
  • Davis-Standard deal brings opportunity (Tue, 5 Dec 2017 13:40:09 -0500)
    PAWCATUCK, Conn.—The acquisition of Maillefer International gives Davis-Standard a chance to boost its business that offers extrusion products to the high voltage end of the wire and cable industry.
  • ASTM video highlights organization's impact (Tue, 5 Dec 2017 11:33:12 -0500)
    WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.—ASTM International debuted a video telling the organization's story through the eyes of a technical expert as she goes to work, develops standards, uses helpful tools and builds partnerships.
  • Goodyear to collaborate with Chinese online retailer (Mon, 4 Dec 2017 13:43:32 -0500)
    SHANGHAI—Goodyear and JD.com, China's largest retailer, recently signed a strategic partnership that makes the Akron-based tire maker's products available on a Goodyear-branded channel on JD.com.
  • Machine maker Uth expands German site (Mon, 4 Dec 2017 13:44:16 -0500)
    FULDA, Germany—Uth recently completed the construction of an 11,840-sq.-ft. assembly hall, as part of a investment program at its headquarters in Fulda.
  • ARPM names Chris Denick to board of directors (Mon, 4 Dec 2017 12:03:23 -0500)
    INDIANAPOLIS—The Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers appointed Chris Denick, president of the rubber products group for HBD/Thermoid, as a member of its board of directors.
  • USTMA predicts slight dip in 2017 U.S. tire shipments (Mon, 4 Dec 2017 10:02:16 -0500)
    WASHINGTON—Total 2017 U.S. tire shipments will drop less than 1 percent from 2016, according to the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association.
  • Nynas opens new lab for rubber process oils (Mon, 4 Dec 2017 12:18:53 -0500)
    STOCKHOLM—Nynas has opened a new laboratory to enhance its testing capabilities in the field of tire and rubber manufacturing.
  • Helukabel breaks ground on U.S. headquarters (Mon, 4 Dec 2017 09:59:09 -0500)
    ELGIN, Ill.—Helukabel has invested more than $38 million to increase its global presence in 2017.
  • Elastomer Valley encourages training, knowledge (Mon, 4 Dec 2017 09:47:59 -0500)
    SHERBROOKE, Quebec—Elastomer Valley is continuing to support the industry by building up its training program and laying the foundation for a new research and development facility.
  • Conti to supply air springs to Florida's high-speed rail project (Fri, 1 Dec 2017 10:00:00 -0500)
    ATLANTA—ContiTech will air springs to Brightline, an intercity express passenger rail project, which will ultimately connect Miami to Orlando, Fla.
  • Huber increases price for calcium carbonate (Fri, 1 Dec 2017 11:30:00 -0500)
    ATLANTA—Huber Carbonates, a subsidiary of J.M. Huber Corp., increased prices for its industrial calcium carbonate products, effective Jan. 1.
  • Companies strive to embrace new injection molding technologies (Fri, 1 Dec 2017 11:30:00 -0500)
    IRVINE, Calif.—The injection molding machine is getting smarter, and companies are learning how to harness those capabilities to turn out more complex parts.
  • Rahco hires director of manufacturing (Fri, 1 Dec 2017 11:00:00 -0500)
    DES PLAINES, Ill.—Rahco Rubber, a precision polymer molder, hired Shawn Durbin as its new director of manufacturing.
  • Semperflex launches fourth expansion at Czech plant (Fri, 1 Dec 2017 09:00:00 -0500)
    VIENNA, Austria—Hose manufacturer Semperflex has completed construction of its third addition in the last three years at the firm's complex in the Czech Republic and already has launched a fourth expansion at the site.
  • NR prices remain low despite supply concerns (Fri, 1 Dec 2017 09:30:00 -0500)
    LONDON—Natural rubber prices remained weak in November, although a shortage of supply as a result of heavy rains was expected to push up the prices in global markets.
  • Rubber producers to cut exports (Fri, 1 Dec 2017 09:30:00 -0500)
    CHIANG MAI, Thailand—Major natural rubber producers and members of the International Tripartitie Rubber Council, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, have agreed to cut exports in a bid to address low NR prices.
  • ASC promotes new scholarship program (Fri, 1 Dec 2017 09:30:00 -0500)
    BETHESDA, Md.—The Adhesive and Sealant Council debuted a new scholarship program for undergraduate students pursuing a degree in a science-related or business field of study.
  • Updated: Chinese tire makers cited for contempt in Toyo case (Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:45:00 -0500)
    LOS ANGELES—A U.S. District Court has imposed $1.56 million in contempt sanctions against two Chinese tire makers for violating a 2014 judgment prohibiting the manufacture and sale of tires using a tread similar to that of the Toyo Open Country M/T.
  • SKC to build polyurethane facilities in China (Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:15:00 -0500)
    NANTONG, China—South Korea's SKC is planning to set up polyurethane auto part facilities at its existing China site in Nantong the company said in a statement.
  • LSR 2018 seeks papers for Anaheim event (Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:15:00 -0500)
    ANAHEIM, Calif.—Liquid silicone rubber industry leaders and experts will convene at LSR 2018, Sept. 11-13 at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim to discuss technological and scientific developments and new commercial uses for LSR and related materials.
  • Keltan Eco part of official match ball for 2018 World Cup (Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:00:00 -0500)
    MAASTRICHT, Netherlands—The new official soccer ball of the 2018 World Cup contains the bio-based EPDM rubber Keltan Eco from Arlanxeo, a supplier of synthetic rubber.
  • Toyo names Hawk chairman of U.S. auto parts division (Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:30:00 -0500)
    CYPRESS, Calif.—Toyo Tire has appointed Jim Hawk chairman and CEO of its U.S. subsidiary, Toyo Automotive Parts (USA).
  • HF advances new tire building machine (Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500)
    HAMBURG, Germany—HF Mixing Group has developed a tire building machine to meet market demands for larger sizes, smaller batches and enhanced quality.
  • Pirelli, Milan University renew joint research program (Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0500)
    MILAN—Pirelli and the University of Milan have extended their partnership for another three years, signing an agreement to work on developing innovative materials and technologies for sustainable tires.
  • Maxcess buys Menges Roller (Thu, 30 Nov 2017 08:45:00 -0500)
    OKLAHOMA CITY—Maxcess International acquired Menges Roller Co. on Oct. 31 in its latest move to provide expanded services for targeted customers across multiple industries.
  • Wacky World of Rubber: Rubber band buddies (Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:30:00 -0500)
    One creative artist finds an adorable use for rubber bands.
  • Kordsa receives awards worldwide (Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500)
    ISTANBUL—Kordsa has received several new awards from organizations around the globe.
  • Covestro appoints new CFO (Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:00:00 -0500)
    LEVERKUSEN, Germany—Thomas Toepfer has been appointed chief financial officer at Covestro and will take over from Patrick Thomas beginning April 1.
  • Study says automotive suppliers more optimistic (Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:15:00 -0500)
    SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—Optimism is improving in the automotive supply base, though firms remain cautious given the latest market dynamics, according to the latest Automotive Supplier Barometer from the Original Equipment Suppliers Association.
  • Yazaki opens automotive cables plant in Serbia (Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:00:00 -0500)
    SABAC, Serbia—Japanese automotive wiring harness maker Yazaki Corp. is growing rapidly in Europe where it has recently launched a new plant at Sabac in northern Serbia.
  • Trelleborg consolidates oil and gas operations, Meuller to step down (Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0500)
    TRELLEBORG, Sweden—Trelleborg's Offshore & Construction business is going through a major restructuring which will see a change of management as well as ceasing of some manufacturing capacity in the U.S.
  • Rubber Division extends outreach to Europe (Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0500)
    AKRON—Rubber Division representatives reported a successful trip to Europe in an effort to extend the group's outreach.
  • Tristone invests in Mexico facility (Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:45:00 -0500)
    FRANKFURT, Germany—Tristone has invested heavily in equipping its new plant in Mexico and has unveiled plans to add more machinery and capacity at the site in the next year.
  • Semperit terminates belting joint venture with Shaw (Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0500)
    ATLANTA—Semperit and Shaw Almex have agreed to terminate a conveyor belt cooperation agreement they have had in North America since 2016.
  • Michelin hybrid wheel praised by Time Magazine (Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:00:00 -0500)
    NEW YORK—Michelin's "Vision" airless hybrid wheel/tire design was named one of Time magazine's "25 Best Inventions of 2017," despite its being a concept that's perhaps a decade or more away from reality.
  • QSR site in Georgia receives Q1 certification from Ford (Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:00:00 -0500)
    JASPER, Ga.—Quality Synthetic Rubber's Jasper facility was recently awarded Ford Motor Co.'s Q1 certification, which is the OEM's standard for exceptional quality and customer satisfaction.
  • Fort Wayne Rubber Group sets holiday party (Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:00:00 -0500)
    FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The Fort Wayne Rubber Group will hold its holiday party Dec. 14, at Ceruti's Catering.
  • Bridgestone Invitational faces uncertain future in Akron (Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500)
    AKRON—John Feinstein, a best-selling author and contributor to the Golf Channel and PGA Tour Radio, believes 2018 will be the last year the Bridgestone Invitational is played in Akron.
  • ARPM releases revised sealing publication (Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500)
    INDIANAPOLIS—The Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers released its revised ARPM Sealing Systems Leakage Analysis Guide (OS-17).
  • Lanxess eyes record year despite Arlanxeo woes (Tue, 28 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0500)
    COLOGNE, Germany—Third quarter sales at Arlanxeo increased by around 6 percent year-on-year to $843.5 million.
  • Top Glove to buy surgical gloves maker Aspion (Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0500)
    KUALA LUMPUR—Rubber-glove maker Top Glove Corp. has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire the Aspion surgical gloves business of Adventa Capital.
  • Bekaert in major expansion of Russian site (Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500)
    LIPETSK, Russia—Bekaert Lipetsk (Russia) has recently launched a major expansion project at its manufacturing plant in response to growing demand.
  • Wacker opens new technical center in Istanbul (Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:00:00 -0500)
    MUNICH—Wacker expanded its range of services in Turkey with the opening of a technical center for construction, textile and consumer-care applications in Istanbul.
  • Beaver Manufacturing grows with new plant in Mexico (Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:45:00 -0500)
    TEPEJI, Mexico—Beaver Manufacturing Co., a supplier of technical fiber reinforcements for hoses in North America, opened a new plant in Mexico.
  • Mitsubishi Materials admits to falsifying seal measurement data (Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:30:00 -0500)
    TOKYO—Mitsubishi Materials Corp. has supplied rubber sealing products with falsified test and measurement data, the Japanese company admitted on Nov. 23.
  • Toyoda Gosei fined by EC for competition infringement (Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:45:00 -0500)
    KIYOSU CITY, Japan—The European Commission has fined Japanese automotive parts maker Toyoda Gosei Co. for an infringement of EU competition law in its past sales of automotive airbags.
  • Shin-Etsu raises silicones prices amid cost pressure from China (Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0500)
    TOKYO—Shin-Etsu is increasing prices for its silicone products globally in response to the rising cost of silicon metal, the main raw material of silicones.
  • Sumitomo Chemical expands production for resorcinol (Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:00:00 -0500)
    OITA WORKS, Japan—Sumitomo Chemical Co. will increase production of resorcinol, a raw material used in automotive tires and other applications.
  • Goodyear acquires German tire inspection company (Mon, 27 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0500)
    AKRON—Goodyear has completed the acquisition of tire inspection technology company Ventech Systems from Grenzebach Maschinenbau.
  • Goodyear addressing fires at Beaumont, Danville facilities (Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:10:58 -0500)
    AKRON—Goodyear is in the process of investigating the causes of two separate fires that occurred at manufacturing sites in Danville, Va., and Beaumont, Texas.
  • Wacky World of Rubber: The 'Rubber Road' to victory (Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 -0500)
    Chris Sweeney is a sucker for a good board game. In his quest to discover fun, new games, one in particular caught his eye: Rubber Road.
  • Rhein Chemie ready to expand additives presence (Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:00:00 -0500)
    CLEVELAND—With its recent acquisition of Chemtura, Lanxess is gearing up its Rhein Chemie business unit to lead the company's expansion in specialty additives.
  • Group concludes tire particles safe for human beings (Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:00:00 -0500)
    SAN FRANCISCO—Tire and road-wear particles do not pose a threat to human health, according to findings released by the Tire Industry Project during its recent biennial meeting in San Francisco.
  • Hallstar assists DuPont with VMX elastomers (Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500)
    CLEVELAND—Hallstar, the Chicago-based specialty chemicals company, is helping DuPont achieve new levels of high temperature resistance in its VMX series of ethylene acrylic elastomers through newly developed high-performance ester plasticizers.
  • Column: Time to get social (Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0500)
    Odds are you're reading this column either in our print edition or online at our website. But I want to make sure you're aware that our publication also has an active presence on social media.
  • Goodyear, Marines collaborate on Toys for Tots (Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:00:00 -0500)
    AKRON—Sometimes, Santa needs a helping hand.That's why Goodyear and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve are continuing a partnership they began seven years ago to collect new toys and monetary donations for the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation.
  • Semperit to close French plant (Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0500)
    VIENNA, Austria—Semperit Holding's Sempertrans business is moving ahead with plans to close its belting plant in Argenteuil, France, and consolidating the firm's European belt production operation at its large complex in Poland.
  • Rubber firms see job candidates at career fair (Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:00:00 -0500)
    CLEVELAND—Ten companies had recruiting booths at the International Elastomer Conference Career Fair. They varied widely in size, in product range and in the number and types of employees they were trying to recruit.
  • North Carolina to revoke Chemours' permit to discharge processed wastewater (Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:12:15 -0500)
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.—The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is moving to "permanently revoke" the permit that allows Chemours to discharge its wastewater as the company had "repeatedly failed to follow the law."
  • Addivant increases capacity at Morgantown plant (Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:30:00 -0500)
    DANBURY, Conn.—Addivant, a supplier of phosphite antioxidants for plastics, expanded production capacity by more than 40 percent for its polymer antioxidant Ultranox 626 at its Morgantown, W. Va., facility.
  • Beltservice to distribute Movex products in U.S. (Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500)
    ST. LOUIS—Beltservice has partnered with Movex to distribute Movex products in the U.S. and Canada, including modular belting, plastic and steel conveying chains, and conveyor components.
  • NAFTA defense strategies face political pitfalls (Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:15:00 -0500)
    WASHINGTON—The business community may have some options in trying to save the North American Free Trade Agreement from potential termination at the hands of President Donald Trump. But they are neither clear nor easy.
  • Pirelli 2017 sales, earnings up through nine months (Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:30:00 -0500)
    MILAN—Pirelli's strategy to focus on high value-added premium tires is paying off.
  • Editorial: Keeping up isn't enough; firms must be ahead of change (Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:32:29 -0500)
    It's clearly no secret that change will be the overriding megatrend in the automotive industry.
  • Halcyon Agri acquires RCMA's polymer division (Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:22:56 -0500)
    SINGAPORE—Halcyon Agri, a global natural rubber supply chain manager, entered into an agreement to acquire the assets and entities of RCMA Group's polymer division.
  • Suppliers, auto makers in hot pursuit of new tech (Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:45:00 -0500)
    A great upheaval is taking place in the global auto industry. Not just because the vehicles, parts, technologies and key players are changing, but also because those players are no longer certain about who will do what in the future.
  • Michelin selling its stake in Double Coin joint venture (Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:27:38 -0500)
    PARIS—Michelin is selling its 40-percent stake in the Double Coin (Anhui) Warrior Tire joint venture to affiliates of the venture's majority partner, Shanghai Huayi.
  • Consumer engagement could lead to market growth (Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:15:00 -0500)
    FAIRLAWN, Ohio—The economy is showing signs of more engaged consumers, but a gradual softening in the consumption of automobiles could be cause to worry, Roger Tutterow, professor of economics at Kennesaw State, said at the Hose Manufacturers Conference...
  • Terror acts 'drive up' orders at Avon Rubber (Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0500)
    MELKSHAM, England—Demand for Avon Rubber's law enforcement and fire protection products grew strongly in the wake of terror attacks, according to the company, which also noted significant opportunities in an expanding military product market.
  • Bridgestone plant recognized for environmental achievement (Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:52:07 -0500)
    GASTONIA, N.C.—The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality recognized the Firestone Fibers & Textiles plant in Gastonia, a Bridgestone Americas facility, as an Environmental Steward.
  • Goodyear, NASCAR renew tire supplier pact (Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:19:47 -0500)
    HOMESTEAD, Fla.—NASCAR has renewed its exclusive race tire supply agreement with Goodyear, according to a statement issued by the Akron-based tire maker at the Homestead Miami Speedway, prior to the start of the 2017 Monster Energy Cup finale on Nov. 18.
  • Former Firestone site set for revival (Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:42:31 -0500)
    AKRON—The land around where Firestone's headquarters and plant once hummed, about a mile south of downtown Akron, probably has never looked worse. And that's just fine with local officials hoping to redevelop it into Firestone Business Park.
  • Fenner releases new industrial belt (Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:14:33 -0500)
    PITTSBURGH—Fenner Dunlop's Engineered Conveyor Solutions division is pushing forward with a new product designed to widen its reach into the industrial use market.
  • Arkema peroxide has use in EPDM products (Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:58:08 -0500)
    CLEVELAND—Marty Gregor, senior account manager, organic peroxides, in the Functional Additives Group at Arkema, is opening his 50th year in the rubber industry by doing what he does best—promoting an important new product for his company.
  • Triangle eyes North Carolina for tire plants (Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:15:00 -0500)
    WEIHAI, China—Triangle Group has identified North Carolina as the preferred site for a pair of tire plants—one for consumer and one for commercial tires—that it would like to build in the coming three to four years.
  • Conveyor belt restructuring brings down Semperit earnings (Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:15:55 -0500)
    VIENNA—Semperit Group's earnings for the first nine months of the year have declined, due in part to one-off expenses related to restructuring at its conveyor belting segments.
  • Beaver, Mehler to partner in Europe (Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:50:52 -0500)
    FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Beaver Manufacturing and Mehler Engineered Products Group enjoyed a long courtship before finally entering into a cooperation agreement that will begin next year.
  • Sumitomo reports lower earnings, despite sales gains (Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:01:52 -0500)
    KOBE, Japan—Sumitomo Rubber Industries suffered double-digit drops in operating and net income for the quarter and nine months ended Sept. 30, despite double-digit gains in sales revenue.
  • Bridgestone opens mining supply unit in Australia (Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:21:33 -0500)
    TOKYO—Bridgestone Earthmover Tyres, a Bridgestone Corp. subsidiary, has established a mining solutions base in the Pilbara region of Australia.
  • Continental consolidates textile reinforcement units (Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:30:00 -0500)
    FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Continental's ContiTech business invested more than $9 million in its textile reinforcement business and streamlined its operations in Georgia.
  • Toyoda Gosei developing 'e-rubber' surgical simulators (Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:06:19 -0500)
    KIYOSU, Japan—Toyoda Gosei and the Japanese academic medical device start-up EBM have agreed to work together on the development and adoption of surgical training simulators using "e-rubber."
  • House passes tax bill; Senate version still in committee (Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:00:01 -0500)
    WASHINGTON—By a 227-205 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a tax reform bill Nov. 17 that would deliver $1.5 trillion in tax cuts while making major changes in federal tax provisions.
  • Momentive reports net loss in third quarter results (Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:00 -0500)
    WATERFORD, N.Y.—Momentive Performance Materials reported an increase in net sales but a net loss of $8 million in its third quarter results.
  • Pirelli continues rebranding, digitalization at Aeolus plant (Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:00:33 -0500)
    MILAN—Pirelli is changing production from Aeolus-brand to Pirelli-brand products at Aeolus' passenger car tire facility in Jiaozuo, China.
  • Michelin's Pete Selleck to retire (Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:04:45 -0500)
    GREENVILLE, S.C.—Pete Selleck, Michelin North America chairman and president, will retire at year-end, concluding a 35-year career at Michelin, including the last six in his current positions.
  • Hennecke to buy OMS Group (Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:26:25 -0500)
    SANKT AUGUSTIN, Germany—Hennecke is planning to purchase Milan-based OMS Group in a deal that is expected to close in December.
  • Momentive delays IPO (Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:12:55 -0500)
    WATERFORD, N.Y.—Momentive Performance Materials postponed its planned initial public offering.
  • Trinseo starts production at Zhangjiagang plant (Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:42:46 -0500)
    ZHANGJIAGANG, China—Trinseo began production of its Magnum ABS production line at its manufacturing plant in Zhangjiagang.
  • GM aims to sell 1 million electric vehicles annually by 2026 (Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:43:20 -0500)
    DETROIT—General Motors expects its electrified vehicle business to be profitable with the launch of its next-generation electric vehicle platform in 2021.
  • Rahco invests about $1 million in people, equipment (Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:59:20 -0500)
    DES PLAINES, Ill.—Rahco Rubber has grown steadily in 2017, and during the last eight months has poured about $1 million into its operation to add machinery and make other moves to support the gains it has made.
  • Toyoda Gosei's expansion strategies start to pay off (Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:38:23 -0500)
    ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Toyoda Gosei is preparing on multiple fronts for the changing automotive landscape.
  • FDA issues warning about injectable silicone (Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:46:46 -0500)
    WASHINGTON—Injectable silicone for body contouring is illegal and can result in serious injury and disfigurement, according to a new safety warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Wacky World of Rubber: 'Liquid rubber in a can' (Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:01:16 -0500)
    Chances are you've seen the commercials. They bring you all the amazing attributes of the "Flex Seal Family of Products." They star Phil Swift performing any number of miracle repair jobs using a variety of products in the family.
  • Deal beefs up GW Plastics capabilities in Europe (Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:57:16 -0500)
    BETHEL, Vt.—Three months after buying a tool maker and injection molder based in Ireland, GW Plastics again is expanding in Europe.
  • TRAC finds Canadians' winter tire use is gradually increasing (Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:15:00 -0500)
    CAMBRIDGE, Ontario—Winter tire shipments across Canada have grown at an annualized rate of 4 percent over the past five years, making winter tires the fastest-growing tire category in the country, according to the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada.
  • Yokohama reports double-digit sales, earnings gains (Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:57:01 -0500)
    TOKYO—Yokohama Rubber reported double-digit gains in sales and earnings for the nine months ended Sept. 30, reflecting "robust" results in the firm's tire business, which was led by strong sales in Russia, China and Southeast Asia.
  • Pirelli adopts sustainable NR supply policy (Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:00:00 -0500)
    MILAN—Pirelli has adopted a 12-point sustainable natural rubber supply-chain policy that it considers essential for the preservation of forests and long-lasting development for local communities and economies.
  • Flexaust adds to Indiana facilities (Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:00:00 -0500)
    WARSAW, Ind.—Flexaust is adding a 25,000-sq.-ft. expansion that will connect two buildings at its complex in Warsaw, freeing up space for new manufacturing and providing a single spot for finished goods inventory.
  • PFA honors three presentations at fall meeting (Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:44:59 -0500)
    SAN DIEGO—The Polyurethane Foam Association honored three technical presentations at the Polyurethane Foam Association fall meeting in San Diego
  • Fenner 'moves from recovery to growth' (Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:47:20 -0500)
    LONDON—Fenner has left recovery-mode and is tracking "sustainable growth."
  • The auto interior's endangered species list (Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:19:32 -0500)
    Auto makers are increasingly hitting resistance from consumers as they try to streamline and modernize their vehicles' interiors.
  • Conti begins construction of dandelion rubber lab (Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:58:14 -0500)
    HANOVER, Germany—Continental has started the construction of its $41.1 million "Taraxagum Lab Anklam" research and test laboratory in northern Germany.
  • American Biltrite investing in Canada (Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:38:23 -0500)
    SHERBROOKE, Quebec—American Biltrite is working toward one of its largest investments in its 105-year history.
  • Michelin buys tire pressure control system companies (Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:18:07 -0500)
    CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—Michelin has acquired a pair of European suppliers of tire pressure control systems as part of its bid to become a "total solutions provider" in the agriculture segment and improve its central tire inflation systems.
  • U.K. gasket maker opens advanced production facility (Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:02:42 -0500)
    MANCHESTER, England—Manufacturer of rubber and plastics gaskets and seals JA Harrison is set to unveil new production facilities designed to earn it accreditation to work with highly regulated industries.
  • Boge opens new plant in Mexico (Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:22:33 -0500)
    SAN LUIS POTOSI, Mexico—German automotive supplier Boge Rubber & Plastics has opened a greenfield production plant in San Luis Potosi as part of its bid to expand its global footprint.
  • Mitsui Chemicals buying Asahi TPS business (Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:27:37 -0500)
    TOKYO—Mitsui Chemicals plans to acquire Asahi Kasei's Sunvieo thermoplastic styrene elastomer business.
  • Private sector plays for overtime on NAFTA (Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:53:17 -0500)
    DETROIT—Supporters of the North American Free Trade Agreement see time as their best friend.
  • ERJ seeks papers for Future Tire Conference (Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:45:59 -0500)
    LONDON—European Rubber Journal, the organizer of the Future Tire Conference planned for May 30-31 in Cologne, Germany, is seeking papers to be presented during the conference's technical program.
  • Bridgestone cuts earnings forecast on costs, U.S. slowdown (Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:37:08 -0500)
    TOKYO—Higher than expected raw materials costs and a U.S. market slowdown have prompted Bridgestone to cut its forecast for full-year operating income and sales.
  • ANIPAC president warns of danger of NAFTA talks (Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:11:41 -0500)
    MEXICO CITY—The president of Mexico's plastics industry association admitted publicly that the plastics industry in North America is suffering a violent upheaval.
  • Continental acquires Advanced Imaging Technologies (Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:37:03 -0500)
    FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Continental's ContiTech business acquired Advanced Imaging Technologies, a producer of x-ray and magnetic imaging-based systems used for early detection of damages in fabric and steel cord conveyor belting.
  • Wacker further expands production in China (Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:16:19 -0500)
    MUNICH—Wacker Chemie will expand its production capabilities for silicone and polymer products in China, and reinforce its research and development capability to strengthen its market position in the region, according to a company release.
  • ContiTech opens new production facility in Mexico (Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:15:06 -0500)
    SAN LUIS POTOSI, Mexico—ContiTech has opened a greenfield production facility in San Luis Potosi to produce air induction systems for the local markets in North and South America.
  • ChemSpec named exclusive phenolic resin distributor for M&B GreenUS (Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:07:53 -0500)
    UNIONTOWN, Ohio—ChemSpec completed an exclusive distribution agreement with M&B GreenUS for the North American rubber and tire compounding market.
  • Blair Rubber wins ARPM's Educational Outreach Award (Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:57:17 -0500)
    INDIANAPOLIS—The Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers has named Blair Rubber the winner of its Educational Outreach Award for the second time.