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  • Nexen breaks ground on Ohio technical center (Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:57:08 -0400)
    RICHFIELD, Ohio—Nexen Tire's technical presence in the U.S. is about to get significantly bigger.
  • Wacky World of Rubber: Follow the bouncing ball (Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0400)
    The science of rubber can take a lot of shapes. Sometimes, it can be a ball, both figuratively and literally.
  • Hankook opens first U.S. manufacturing plant (Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:16:38 -0400)
    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.—Hankook Tire America held the grand opening ceremony for its first U.S. manufacturing facility, an $800 million plant in Clarksville.
  • Covestro plans TPU capacity increase (Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:48:16 -0400)
    PITTSBURGH—Covestro is expanding its production capacity of thermoplastic polyurethane in North America by debottlenecking its New Martinsville, W. Va., manufacturing facility.
  • Roembke sees growth from LSR specialization (Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:05:42 -0400)
    OSSIAN, Ind.—Roembke Manufacturing & Design is seeing growth thanks to its specialization in tooling for liquid silicone rubber injection molders.
  • Mesnac to build new site for 'digital plant' (Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:41:11 -0400)
    QINGDAO, China—Mesnac is planning to build a "Digital Plant Industrial Park" in Qingdao's National High-tech Industrial Development Zone.
  • IOM3 meeting to focus self-healing elastomers (Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:02:30 -0400)
    LONDON—Self-healing elastomers is the topic of the next meeting being staged by the Rubber in Engineering Group of the IOM3.
  • Top Glove profits dip despite strong fourth quarter (Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:45:57 -0400)
    SHAH ALAM, Malaysia—Higher raw material prices have driven down annual profit for Malaysian rubber gloves manufacturer Top Glove, despite a strong fourth quarter performance and higher sales volumes in 2017.
  • Semperit, employees reach deal regarding French plant closure (Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:40:09 -0400)
    ARGENTEUIL, France—Sempertrans France Belting Technology has reached an agreement with employees over the the previously-announced closure of its production plant in Argenteuil.
  • Carlisle acquires Accella (Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:43:05 -0400)
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—Carlisle's largest business unit is about to get bigger. The firm reached an agreement to acquire Accella Performance Materials in what Carlisle said was the largest acquisition in its 100-year history.
  • Toyo reaches settlement in price-fixing case (Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:39:14 -0400)
    DETROIT—Toyo is among the latest auto parts companies that have agreed to pay multi-million-dollar settlements to resolve allegations that they fixed prices and rigged bids.
  • Bosch wins permanent injunction in counterfeiting suit (Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:52:22 -0400)
    MIAMI—Bosch has won a permanent injunction in federal court against SIC Autoparts to resolve Bosch's allegations of counterfeiting, trademark infringement and unfair competition against SIC.
  • NAFTA briefing offers little reassurance to business community (Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:58:42 -0400)
    ARLINGTON, Va.—U.S. trade negotiators offered no reassurances during a recent invitation-only briefing for industry and public interest stakeholders that the North American Free Trade Agreement would survive increasingly contentious talks.
  • Expert touts future of tire pyrolysis (Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:24:30 -0400)
    LONDON—Tire pyrolysis is the best recycling process despite its complicated nature and high investment requirements, according to industry analyst and expert for alternative filler materials Martin von Wolfersdorff.
  • MacLellan extends gaskets framework deal (Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:20:21 -0400)
    WOLVERHAMPTON, England—Northern Gas Networks Group has extended a framework agreement with MacLellan Rubber for the supply of gasket sealing materials and products, the latest in a series of positive developments at the England-based rubber parts company.
  • Thermoid strives to build off long history (Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:42:51 -0400)
    DUBLIN, Ohio—The Thermoid brand has been around since 1883, and the team at HBD/Thermoid Inc. is working hard to ensure the venerable name remains a force in today's competitive industrial rubber goods business.
  • Hose Manufacturers Conference registration remains open (Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:58:42 -0400)
    FAIRLAWN, Ohio—There is still time to register for the Hose Manufacturers Conference, to be held Oct. 24-25.
  • Bridgestone to expand plants in Poland, Spain (Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:50:17 -0400)
    BRUSSELS—Bridgestone has launched a $315 million, five-year investment program in Europe to upgrade and expand capacity at tire plants in Poland and Spain.
  • NR demand continues to outstrip supply (Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:50:55 -0400)
    KUALA LUMPUR—World demand for natural rubber during the first nine months of 2017 exceeded world NR output by approximately 400,000 metric tons, according to the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries.
  • Bridgestone agrees to pay $29.6 million to settle price-fixing suit (Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0400)
    DETROIT—Bridgestone will pay $29.6 million to settle a multidistrict litigation suit alleging that the company fixed prices and rigged bids in the sale of rubber automotive anti-vibration parts.
  • Editorial: USTMA urges Trump to nominate new NHTSA leader (Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400)
    The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association on Sept. 20 wrote President Trump, respectfully requesting that he expedite the selection of an administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Bridgestone to close Ontario textiles plant (Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:00:00 -0400)
    WOODSTOCK, Ontario—Bridgestone Canada plans to close its Firestone Textiles Co. facility in Woodstock, which produces nylon-6-based reinforcement materials for Bridgestone's businesses and external customers, by the second half of 2018.
  • Continental's U.S. tire plant on schedule for 2019 (Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:15:00 -0400)
    CLINTON, Miss.—Site clearing for Continental's $1.4 billion commercial truck/bus tire plant near Clinton is nearly finished, which according to the firm keeps the project on schedule to begin tire production by year-end 2019.
  • PTDA honors Andy Nations with Warren Pike Award (Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:45:00 -0400)
    CHICAGO—The Power Transmission Distributors Association named B&D Industrial CEO Andy Nations the 27th recipient of its Warren Pike Award for lifetime achievement in the power transmission/motion control industry.
  • Finland firm to create oil from scrap tires (Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0400)
    NOKIA, Finland—Ecomation Oy is set to open a new facility in Nokia to transform old tires into oil on an industrial scale.
  • Lanxess to partner with UMass Amherst on urethane technologies (Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:30:00 -0400)
    COLOGNE, Germany—Lanxess' Urethane Systems business unit will partner with the Polymer Science and Engineering department of University of Massachusetts Amherst to enhance scientific research on next generation materials.
  • Four Eaton plants in Puerto Rico resume operation (Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:30:00 -0400)
    BEACHWOOD, Ohio—Power management company Eaton said its four manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico have resumed operations following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
  • M.R. Mold hosts Manufacturing Day (Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:00:00 -0400)
    BREA, Calif.—M.R. Mold & Engineering opened its doors to more than 300 students, faculty and parents to tour the company's facility for its Manufacturing Day.
  • Michelin to double capacity at India manufacturing plant (Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:15:00 -0400)
    CHENNAI, India—Michelin has inaugurated a new production line at its Chennai plant that will help double the current capacity of the facility by 2018, the company said on Oct. 11.
  • Freudenberg to acquire Playtex (Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0400)
    WEINHEIM, Germany—Freudenberg Household Products, part of Freudenberg Group, is acquiring U.S.-based household gloves business Playtex.
  • GE, Baker Hughes join to face market downturn (Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0400)
    HOUSTON—GE merged its oil and gas business with Baker Hughes to build a company strong enough to weather a tough oil and gas market.
  • LMG Presses partners with CAM-Engineers (Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:00:00 -0400)
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  • Harvard scientists develop self-healing rubber (Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400)
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Scientists at Harvard University have developed a self-healing dry rubber, and the world is beating down their door.
  • Aurora Plastics acquires compounder (Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:00:00 -0400)
    STREETSBORO, Ohio—PVC compounder Aurora Plastics for the first time is expanding into thermoplastic elastomers with the acquisition of S&E Specialty Polymers of Lunenburg, Mass.
  • Bridgestone Canada honored for job creation (Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:00:00 -0400)
    JOLIETTE, Quebec—Bridgestone's tire plant in Joliette has earned recognition as a "significant job creator" in Quebec's Lanaudiere region from a coalition of Quebec-based industrial and labor groups.
  • Songwon adds TPU capacity in South Korea (Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0400)
    SUWON, South Korea—Songwon Industrial plans to add 5,000 metric tons per year in thermoplastic polyurethane capacity at its factory in Suwon during the fourth quarter, and also has launched a new TPU grade, the firm said in a news release.
  • Smithers expands extractables lab in Akron (Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:15:00 -0400)
    AKRON—Smithers Rapra expanded its existing U.S. chemistry laboratory space by more than 40 percent, by adding a new extractables and leachables lab at the Akron Global Business Accelerator.
  • LSR key for automotive headlamps (Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:30:00 -0400)
    LIPPSTADT, Germany—Liquid silicone rubber is again playing an important role in new headlamp designs.
  • Wacky World of Rubber: The true story behind the rubber match (Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0400)
    Where does the term rubber match come from? You can give it your best guess, but the answer may surprise you.
  • Rubber Division reveals five S&T award winners (Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:45:00 -0400)
    CLEVELAND—Besides the Charles Goodyear Medal, the ACS Rubber Division revealed the winners of its other 2018 Science & Technology Awards.
  • Synthomer acquires BASF's Austrian SBR business (Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:30:00 -0400)
    PISCHELSDORF, Austria—Synthomer has acquired BASF Pischelsdorf, the company's Austrian styrene butadiene rubber business.
  • Alttran adds new equipment at Ohio facility (Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0400)
    HUDSON, Ohio—Alttran, a Hudson-based custom mixer, is upgrading and adding new equipment for its compound development and quality control laboratory, including new MonTech instruments to be installed during October.
  • Goodyear to introduce tires made using soybean oil (Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400)
    AKRON—Goodyear is introducing the first commercially available tires made with a soybean oil-based rubber compound.
  • Semperit board expects significantly weaker earnings (Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:30:00 -0400)
    VIENNA—Raw materials costs and operational issues will keep Semperit A.G.'s earnings below expectations in the second half of this year, the Austrian group's board said in an Oct. 9 report.
  • Rubber Division to honor CWRU professor as Charles Goodyear Medalist (Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:00:00 -0400)
    CLEVELAND—The ACS Rubber Division has chosen a professor from Case Western Reserve University to receive its Charles Goodyear Medal, the highest honor given out by the technical organization.
  • Alliance introduces VF-rated flotation tire (Mon, 9 Oct 2017 17:58:44 -0400)
    WAKEFIELD, Mass.—Alliance Tire Group has introduced the Alliance Agriflex+ 389 VF flotation tire to help farmers reduce soil compaction.
  • Yokohama to offer dual-marked OTR tires (Mon, 9 Oct 2017 18:03:53 -0400)
    SANTA ANA, Calif.—Yokohama will offer five new dual TRA code designations for OTR tires for both loader and transport applications.
  • Smithers Rapra expert to address product durability testing (Mon, 9 Oct 2017 17:12:06 -0400)
    AKRON—Jeff Andrasik, product testing manager and senior test engineer for Smithers Rapra, will deliver a presentation on product durability testing at the 2017 Automotive Testing Expo in Novi, Mich., on Oct. 25.
  • Toyo named official tire of UCLA athletics, Rose Bowl (Mon, 9 Oct 2017 16:52:29 -0400)
    CYPRESS, Calif.—Toyo has been named the "Official Tire of UCLA Athletics" and the Rose Bowl Stadium.
  • Conti seeks balanced approach to automation (Mon, 9 Oct 2017 13:42:52 -0400)
    HANOVER, Germany—Continental is taking a positive but measured approach to the automation of its tire manufacturing operations, according to Niko Setzer, head of the company's global tire business.
  • Column: Help pick the next Exec of the Year (Mon, 9 Oct 2017 13:27:09 -0400)
    Steve Anton, the president and co-owner of Rahco Rubber, has just about two more months in his reign as Rubber & Plastics News Rubber Industry Executive of the Year.
  • Tire technology to drive future industry (Mon, 9 Oct 2017 12:11:56 -0400)
    CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio—The future of the tire industry depends on how it responds to the revolution of transport systems globally, said Surendra Chawla, senior director of external science and technology programs at Goodyear.
  • New York molder adds two LSR presses (Mon, 9 Oct 2017 12:16:26 -0400)
    WATERVLIET, N.Y. — Extreme Molding L.L.C. has purchased two all-electric Engel e-mac injection molding machines for molding liquid silicone rubber.
  • Teijin raises aramid fiber capacity (Fri, 6 Oct 2017 15:39:27 -0400)
    ARNHEM, Netherlands—Teijin's Aramid business has added a new production line at its Technora aromatic polyamide fiber production facility in Matsuyama, Japan.
  • Cooper to sponsor NHL's Ottawa Senators (Fri, 6 Oct 2017 10:45:24 -0400)
    OTTAWA, Ontario—Cooper Tire has inked a sponsorship deal with the NHL's Ottawa Senators throughout the 2017-18 season.
  • CHT gains access to North America with ICM Silicones Group purchase (Fri, 6 Oct 2017 10:39:52 -0400)
    CASSOPOLIS, Mich.—ICM Silicones Group and CHT Group are about to take the next step in silicone compounding.
  • Adidas steps up Speedfactory manufacturing project (Fri, 6 Oct 2017 15:04:26 -0400)
    HERZOGENAURACH, Germany—Adidas has ramped up its Speedfactory project with the launch of the first in a series of individually designed and manufactured running shoes for six major world cities.
  • Finzer adds RTI's roller business (Fri, 6 Oct 2017 15:00:08 -0400)
    PINEY FLATS, Tenn.—Finzer Roller has made its second acquisition in a matter of months, acquiring all the roller assets of Rubber Technology.
  • Mitsui starts up new elastomers unit (Fri, 6 Oct 2017 15:13:54 -0400)
    TOKYO—Mitsui Chemicals has started up a new production line for its Milastomer thermoplastic olefinic elastomers.
  • Giti to move Ohio tech center to South Carolina plant (Fri, 6 Oct 2017 10:25:07 -0400)
    RICHBURG, S.C.—Giti is planning to relocate its North American research and development center, which opened in 2014 in Uniontown, Ohio, to its plant in Richburg.
  • Optimistic SR projections lead to saturated market (Fri, 6 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0400)
    The global synthetic rubber market is one where overly optimistic expectations have put the sector in a difficult position.
  • A. Schulman may again be looking for a buyer (Thu, 5 Oct 2017 14:52:08 -0400)
    FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Less than a year after considering a sale of the company, officials with materials maker A. Schulman Inc. may be heading in that direction again.
  • Conti, Kordsa partner on adhesion system (Thu, 5 Oct 2017 11:45:41 -0400)
    HANOVER, Germany—Continental's tire division and Kordsa recently entered into a joint initiative to develop a sustainable adhesion system standard for bonding textile reinforcing materials to rubber-based compounds.
  • Gates acquires Atlas Hydraulics (Thu, 5 Oct 2017 15:03:56 -0400)
    DENVER—Gates completed its acquisition of Atlas Hydraulics, a product engineering, manufacturing and commercial business headquartered in Brantford, Ontario.
  • Wacker to raise silicone and pyrogenic silica prices (Thu, 5 Oct 2017 12:51:51 -0400)
    MUNICH—Wacker is raising prices for its silicone polymers, silicone fluids and silicones from downstream production stages as of Nov. 1.
  • Nexen to break ground on U.S. tech center (Thu, 5 Oct 2017 14:28:38 -0400)
    RICHFIELD, Ohio—Nexen is moving forward with plans for a new technical center, to be built in Richfield, just a few blocks from the research facility it opened in 2008.
  • Chemours wins 2017 Polyurethane Innovation Award (Thu, 5 Oct 2017 11:20:41 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the American Chemistry Council named Chemours' Opteon 1100 as the recipient of the 2017 Polyurethane Innovation Award.
  • USW accuses Kumho Tire of anti-union activities at Georgia plant (Thu, 5 Oct 2017 10:08:29 -0400)
    MACON, Ga.—Leo W. Gerard, United Steelworkers union international president, has sent a letter to South Korea President Moon Jae-in raising concerns about Kumho Tire's actions toward its workers in the U.S.
  • Ford's Hackett calls for sweeping changes in vehicle development, investment (Thu, 5 Oct 2017 09:29:46 -0400)
    DETROIT—Ford CEO Jim Hackett outlined sweeping changes that include redirecting a third of the company's internal-combustion engine expenditures to vehicle electrification and cutting costs by $14 billion.
  • Hankook joins USTMA as 11th member (Wed, 4 Oct 2017 12:18:02 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—Hankook Tire America has joined the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association as its 11th domestic tire manufacturing member.
  • Saudi Aramco joins with Petronas (Wed, 4 Oct 2017 12:45:33 -0400)
    DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia—Saudi Arabian Oil partnered with Petronas Chemicals Group to enhance the positioning of its petrochemicals projects within the Petronas Pengerang Integrated Complex in the southern Malaysian state of Johor.
  • Azelis Americas combines P.T. Hutchins and Ribelin (Wed, 4 Oct 2017 13:09:13 -0400)
    ANTWERP, Belgium—Azelis Americas combined its P.T. Hutchins and Ribelin companies, extending the Ribelin brand into the western region.
  • Giti marks start of production at South Carolina plant (Wed, 4 Oct 2017 10:19:08 -0400)
    RICHBURG, S.C.—South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and Greg Foran, Wal-Mart president and CEO, were on hand to help Giti Tire Group mark the start of production at its Richburg tire plant and distribution center.
  • Pirelli completes global offering of shares (Wed, 4 Oct 2017 16:15:00 -0400)
    MILAN—Marco Polo International and Pirelli have completed their global offering of Pirelli's shares aimed at listing them on the Mercato Telematico Azionario.
  • ARPM names new project management coordinator (Wed, 4 Oct 2017 15:00:12 -0400)
    INDIANAPOLIS—The Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers added Beth Jeffries as project manager coordinator for ARPM.
  • Wacky World of Rubber: Hail to the cheese (Wed, 4 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0400)
    The Green Bay Packers have a place in the rubber industry, thanks to Foamation Inc., the makers of those iconic cheese wedge hats often associated with Packers fans.
  • New Dayco CEO brings competitive focus (Wed, 4 Oct 2017 12:56:58 -0400)
    TROY, Mich.—As he approaches the end of his first year leading Dayco Products, CEO Nick Orlando is looking to drive cost-competitive innovation.
  • Xingda begins construction on steel cord plant (Tue, 3 Oct 2017 12:36:58 -0400)
    HEMARAJ, Thailand—China's largest steel cord maker Xingda started construction of facilities at its new plant in Hemaraj in September.
  • Lanxess raises urethanes prices, consolidates lubricant production (Tue, 3 Oct 2017 09:30:00 -0400)
    COLOGNE, Germany—Lanxess is making two moves related to businesses it acquired from Chemtura.
  • Exhibitor space available for Rubber Expo career fair (Tue, 3 Oct 2017 09:45:00 -0400)
    AKRON—Companies wanting to exhibit at the Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference career fair can still register to do so.
  • GM plans launch of all-electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (Tue, 3 Oct 2017 16:31:32 -0400)
    WARREN, Mich.—General Motors is planning to launch a mix of at least 20 new all-electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles globally by 2023, including two in the next 18 months.
  • Zeon Chemicals launches new website (Tue, 3 Oct 2017 12:41:15 -0400)
    LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Zeon Chemicals launched the latest version of its U.S. corporate website.
  • Pirelli expands vintage 'Collezione' beyond Porsche (Tue, 3 Oct 2017 12:30:24 -0400)
    NEW YORK—Pirelli has expanded the range of its Pirelli Collezione tires for classic and vintage cars to encompass fitments for cars other than Porsches.
  • Kenda Tires acquires Starco (Tue, 3 Oct 2017 12:00:39 -0400)
    BRABRAND, Denmark—Kenda Tires has acquired Starco Europe, a Denmark-based supplier of wheels for applications ranging from wheelbarrows and mowers to large agricultural and industrial machinery.
  • Conti acquires AIT to enhance smart-belt strategy (Tue, 3 Oct 2017 10:00:00 -0400)
    HANOVER, Germany—Continental has recently acquired Advanced Imaging Technologies for an undisclosed amount.
  • Evonik relaunches silica brand, raises performance materials prices (Mon, 2 Oct 2017 13:02:43 -0400)
    ESSEN, Germany—Evonik has redesigned the brand profile of its silica portfolio and increased prices for performance materials molding compounds in the Americas.
  • Toyo to expand U.S., Malaysian tire plants (Mon, 2 Oct 2017 16:36:05 -0400)
    HYOGO, Japan—Toyo Tire & Rubber is planning to expand tire production capacity in the U.S. and Malaysia, and is considering additional capacity expansions at new and/or existing plants to fulfill its growth expectations.
  • Letter to the editor: PVC concerns are real (Mon, 2 Oct 2017 15:16:05 -0400)
    This letter is in response to the comments made by Richard Doyle of the Vinyl Institute in a letter—"Vinyl Institute official reacts to Eldon James article"—that appeared in the Aug. 7 issue of Rubber & Plastics News.
  • Swedish chemicals hunt targets rubber products (Mon, 2 Oct 2017 15:11:53 -0400)
    STOCKHOLM—Rubber will come under the microscope of the Swedish chemicals agency as it seeks out potentially hazardous chemicals that are "not yet" restricted in European Union consumer products and goods.
  • Cabot and Dow break ground on fumed silica plant (Mon, 2 Oct 2017 12:24:24 -0400)
    CARROLLTON, Ky.—Cabot and DowDuPont celebrated the groundbreaking of Cabot's fumed silica plant, which is located adjacent to Dow's Carrollton site.
  • Center for Automotive Research names new CEO (Mon, 2 Oct 2017 13:29:51 -0400)
    ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The Center for Automotive Research named former Nissan North America executive Carla Bailo as its new president and CEO.
  • China comes on strong for Cooper Standard (Mon, 2 Oct 2017 13:21:44 -0400)
    DETROIT—Cooper Standard Automotive, a major supplier of sealants, brake and fuel lines, has benefited from two overlapping trends: the resilience of China's auto market and rising global demand for SUVs.
  • Carlisle Companies to acquire Accella (Mon, 2 Oct 2017 12:13:05 -0400)
    NEW YORK—Carlisle Companies has agreed to buy Accella Performance Materials from Arsenal Capital Partners for $670 million.
  • Nokian breaks ground on first North American tire plant (Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:29:24 -0400)
    DAYTON, Tenn.—The finish line may be two years away for Nokian's journey to produce its first tire in North America, but the Finnish company took a major step toward that goal on Sept. 20.
  • Conti seeks inconsequential noncompliance for 111,500 tires (Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:01:08 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—Continental Tire the Americas has filed a petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, requesting a determination of inconsequential noncompliance involving 111,500 tires.
  • Michelin files patent infringement lawsuit against Tire Mart (Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:11:51 -0400)
    ST. LOUIS—Michelin North America has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Tire Mart, which does business as Braven Off-Road, for alleged patent infringement.
  • Bridgestone signs on as figure skating event title sponsor (Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:05:49 -0400)
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Bridgestone Americas has forged a partnership with the U.S. Skating Association, securing the naming rights to U.S. event of the International Skating Union's Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.
  • Zinc Oxide acquires Zochem (Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:45:19 -0400)
    DICKSON, Tenn.—Zinc Oxide has acquired Zochem, a subsidiary of American Zinc Recycling, in a deal that is projected to create the largest supplier of zinc oxide in North America.
  • Editorial: Auto suppliers oppose Trump's CAFE rollback plan (Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:52:26 -0400)
    One of the stances that helped Donald Trump win the favor of much of the business community was his promise to roll back environmental regulations that leaders claimed made it more difficult to operate.
  • USTMA sends Manufacturing Ambassadors to lobby against tire cord tariffs (Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:43:02 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—For Nichole Williams and Alison Kubiak, being selected to participate in the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association's first-ever Tire Manufacturing Ambassadors was a unique and exciting opportunity.
  • Freudenberg shows off tech at trade shows (Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:00:00 -0400)
    WEINHEIM, Germany—Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is showcasing some of its latest technology at multiple trade shows this fall.
  • Retread industry advocate Brodsky dies at 81 (Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:00:00 -0400)
    PACIFIC GROVE, Calif.—Longtime retread industry advocate Harvey Brodsky died Sept. 17 at age 81, succumbing to complications associated with lung cancer.
  • Guest column: Create opportunities, not quotas, for diversity (Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:00:00 -0400)
    Recent news headlines on the issue of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, or lack thereof, in the tech sector has shown a harsh light on the reality of D&I in corporate America, raising questions on whether or not a diverse work force is really...
  • DowDuPont EPDM units set to start production (Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:30:00 -0400)
    FREEPORT, Texas—DowDuPont Materials Science has started up world-scale ethylene and polyethylene production facilities in Freeport, with new olefinic rubber and elastomers units scheduled to follow.
  • Denso settlement includes $3.7 million for windshield wipers (Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0400)
    DETROIT—Denso and its subsidiaries will pay $193.8 million, including nearly $3.7 million in claims involving windshield wiper and washer systems, in settlement of price rigging and bid rigging charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Jay Ward has high hopes for Minnesota Rubber (Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:30:00 -0400)
    MINNEAPOLIS—It didn't take long to sell Jay Ward on joining Minnesota Rubber & Plastics.
  • Column: Chemical giants officially move on as DowDuPont (Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:15:00 -0400)
    The much-anticipated merger of industry titans Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. became official on Aug. 31.
  • Lanxess promises to help Chemtura business flourish (Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:45:00 -0400)
    More of the same, but better, could sum up the Lanxess approach to the polyurethanes business that came as part of the Chemtura acquisition.
  • Nokian hopes new plant will broaden reach in North America (Thu, 28 Sep 2017 08:45:00 -0400)
    COLCHESTER, Vt.—The unassuming North American headquarters of Nokian Tyres seem to fit the company perfectly.
  • Boeing certifies Goodyear tire for new aircraft (Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:47:26 -0400)
    AKRON—Goodyear's ultra-lightweight Flight Radial aviation tire has been certified by Boeing for use on its 777X airplane. It is the first product to receive Boeing system part certification for the 777X, according to Goodyear.
  • EU says natural rubber is a 'critical' raw material (Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:45:00 -0400)
    BRUSSELS—The European Union has declared natural rubber a "critical raw material," and emphasized the need "to ensure the secure, sustainable and affordable supply (of NR) for the EU manufacturing industry."
  • Cooper planning MFG Day events at 3 sites (Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:07:31 -0400)
    FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire plans to reach more than 10,000 students during Manufacturing Day activities associated with the "Dream It. Do It." program.
  • Court of International Trade reaffirms antidumping rate reduction for Cooper (Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:55:31 -0400)
    NEW YORK—The U.S. Court of International Trade has reaffirmed an antidumping rate reduction amounting to 2.4 percent for Cooper Tire regarding the passenger and light truck tires it manufactures in China and imports to the U.S.
  • DOJ files antitrust lawsuit against Parker Hannifin (Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:28:07 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Justice Department is challenging Parker Hannifin's $4.3 billion purchase of Clarcor.
  • VMI raises money for Duchenne Heroes (Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:13:37 -0400)
    EINDHOVEN, Netherlands—A team of 38 mountain bikers and 14 support team members from VMI Group participated recently in the seven-day Duchenne Heroes mountain bike tour.
  • Fire strikes Titan recycling venture in Canada (Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:21:07 -0400)
    FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta—A processing-related fire broke out Sept. 21 at Titan Tire Reclamation's OTR tire recycling facility in Fort McMurray.
  • Wacky World of Rubber: Coloring my perspective (Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:56:44 -0400)
    I'm going to let you in on a little secret. After covering the tire and rubber product industry as a journalist for nearly three decades, it changes the way I look at the world.
  • Goodyear, Michelin, Wolverine named top military suppliers (Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:32:48 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—Wolverine Worldwide, Goodyear and Michelin North America were among the Defense Logistics Agency's Superior Suppliers for 2017.
  • HF Mixing Group plans for major restructuring (Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:05:09 -0400)
    FREUDENBERG, Germany—HF Mixing Group is planning a number of organizational changes in order to improve its offerings to meet growing market demand for automation and integrated auxiliary products.
  • VDMA confident about opportunities in Iranian market (Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:01:41 -0400)
    TEHRAN, Iran—German plastics and rubber machinery association VDMA has voiced its confidence in the Iranian market as 46 German suppliers attended the Iranplast rubber & plastics show in Tehran.
  • Manufacturing job numbers on the rise in some areas (Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:39:51 -0400)
    LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill.—CEO Jim Fitzgerald says "curb appeal" partly drew his company to Lincolnshire, in the Chicago suburbs, and there's no question contract manufacturer Flexan has lots in common with the neighbors.
  • USTMA urges Trump to nominate NHTSA administrator (Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:45:14 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—Nominating an administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is imperative to implement motorist safety and pro-competitive highway policies, the United States Tire Manufacturers Association has told President Trump.
  • Eaton develops lightweight plastic alternative to traditional A/C lines (Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:30:46 -0400)
    DUBLIN—Automotive power management company Eaton has developed what it says is a cost-effective and lightweight alternative to the aluminum tubing and rubber components used in traditional air conditioning lines for the automotive industry.
  • Trelleborg expands Denmark operations (Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:40:03 -0400)
    HELSINGOR, Denmark—Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is expanding and relocating its facility in Denmark.
  • Ceat bringing radial ag lines to the U.S. (Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:02:57 -0400)
    CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Ceat, India's No. 4 tire maker, is establishing a U.S. business unit in Charlotte to handle the launch of Ceat-branded radial agricultural and specialty tires in the U.S.
  • Ontario students use recycled tires in OTS-sponsored design project (Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:55:58 -0400)
    TORONTO—Young Ontario artists and designers used the equivalent of 854 recycled tires to redesign a community space as part of Ontario Tire Stewardship's third Student Design Challenge.
  • Preferred Compounding acquires Kleen Polymers (Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:19:32 -0400)
    COPLEY, Ohio—Preferred Compounding has acquired Kleen Polymers, a Wadsworth, Ohio-based custom rubber compounder specializing in non-black elastomeric compounds.
  • Sentury seeking equity partners for U.S. plant (Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:52:17 -0400)
    ATLANTA—Sentury Tire North America engaged Jones Lang Lasalle IP of Atlanta to help it solicit offers from developers interested in becoming equity partners in the $530 million tire plant it's planning to build near LaGrange, Ga.
  • Goodyear releases airless turf tire (Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:53:59 -0400)
    AKRON—Goodyear's development of a non-pneumatic tire took a another step forward with the release of TurfCommand, an airless turf tire featuring the firm's DuraWeb technology.
  • DowDuPont starts up new PE and ethylene units in Texas (Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:31:43 -0400)
    FREEPORT, Texas—DowDuPont started production on a specialty polyethylene resin unit and on a new ethylene unit in Freeport.
  • Appeals court lifts ban on Black Donuts managers (Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:26:17 -0400)
    LONDON—A Finnish court of appeals lifted a five-year ban on managers of tire consulting firm Black Donuts Engineering.
  • Triangle to increase U.S. tire prices (Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:46:49 -0400)
    FRANKLIN, Tenn.—Citing increasing raw material costs, Triangle Tire USA said it will raise prices on all products sold in the U.S., beginning Oct. 1.
  • Universal Polymer adds capabilities through acquisition (Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:25:08 -0400)
    MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio—Universal Polymer & Rubber has made a business of collecting smaller ones.
  • Basic Rubber's family focus still strong after four decades (Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:10:35 -0400)
    WALLED LAKE, Mich.—Family is the most important value for the owners of Basic Rubber & Plastics, which welcomed guests during a recent plant tour for the Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers.
  • China begins probe into halogenated rubber dumping (Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0400)
    BEIJING—China's ministry of commerce launched an investigation into allegations of dumping concerning halogenated butyl rubber imported to the country from the U.S., European Union and Singapore.
  • Yokohama completes 'Forever Forest' tree-planting initiative (Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:34:15 -0400)
    HIRATSUKA, Japan—Yokohama achieved its decade-old goal of planting 500,000 trees at its facilities worldwide as part of the company's centennial celebration.
  • Hoosier Gasket receives 'E' award from U.S. Department of Commerce (Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:54:44 -0400)
    INDIANAPOLIS—By increasing the company's percentage of exported goods, Indiana-based Hoosier Gasket has seen its revenue and employee base rise by about 25 percent during the last decade.
  • DuPont 3D printing filaments available for purchase in U.S., Canada and Mexico (Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:30:08 -0400)
    WILMINGTON, Del.—DuPont Performance Materials customers now can purchase DuPont Hytrel thermoplastic elastomer and DuPont Zytel nylon-based filaments for 3D-printing in the U.S., Canada and Mexico through Coex.
  • Nokian launches all-season tire for SUV/CUV market (Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:19:10 -0400)
    DAYTON, Tenn. — Nokian Tyres not only broke ground on its first U.S. tire plant this week, it also launched one of the products it eventually plans to produce there.
  • DowDuPont expands Shenzhen capacity (Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0400)
    SHENZHEN, China—DowDuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers, a business segment of the DowDuPont Specialty Products division, will increase production capacity at its Shenzhen site.
  • Continental sustainability efforts expand to suppliers (Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:00:00 -0400)
    HANOVER, Germany—Continental is stepping up its sustainability efforts with the appointment of service provider Eco Vadis to "conduct continuous sustainability evaluation" of suppliers to its tire and rubber operations.
  • Cooper Standard opens new facility in Canada (Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:31:03 -0400)
    SHERBROOKE, Quebec—Cooper Standard Automotive celebrated the grand opening of a new, 138,000-sq.-ft. site in Sherbrooke dedicated to its Industrial Specialty Group.
  • India sets antidumping duties on Chinese truck, bus tires (Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:42:34 -0400)
    NEW DELHI, India—The Indian government's ministry of finance imposed antidumping duties on truck and bus tires imported from China, according to a Sept. 18 official notice.
  • PE firm plans acquisition of foam company FXI (Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:58:09 -0400)
    MEDIA, Pa.—Flexible foam company FXI will be acquired by private equity firm One Rock Capital Partners for an undisclosed price.
  • Nokian breaks ground on Tennessee tire plant (Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:32:14 -0400)
    DAYTON, Tenn.—The smiles were almost as abundant as the southeast heat and humidity as executives from Nokian and officials from the state of Tennessee broke ground on the tire maker's first North American facility.
  • Michelin to follow Continental as IMSA tire supplier (Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:46:13 -0400)
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Michelin will take over from Continental as the tire supplier for the International Motor Sports Association's various sports car road-racing championships.
  • Scrap to Profit tire conference unveils program, theme (Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:00:00 -0400)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The seventh Scrap to Profit Conference will take place Oct. 25-26 at the Inn at Opryland Hotel in Nashville.
  • Freudenberg Medical expands in Ireland (Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:30:00 -0400)
    CARRICK-ON-SHANNON, Ireland—Freudenberg Medical is continuing along its growth path, this time investing about $10.7 million to add sqaure footage and ISO Class 7 clean rooms to its VistaMed joint venture in Carrick-On-Shannon.
  • Housing for Rubber Division IEC closes Sept. 22 (Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:48:42 -0400)
    AKRON—Hotel registration for the ACS Rubber Division's upcoming International Elastomer Conference closes Sept. 22.
  • Arkema expanding fluoropolymer capacity in U.S. (Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:00:00 -0400)
    COLOMBES, France—Arkema is planning to increase production of its Kynar-braded fluoropolymers at its plant in Calvert City, Ky.
  • Evonik raises silane prices globally (Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:33:55 -0400)
    ESSEN, Germany—Evonik Resource Efficiency's silane business line will be raising sales prices globally for organofunctional silanes marketed under the brands Dynasylan and Protectosil.
  • Michelin looks to trim $1.3 billion by 2020 (Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:35:01 -0400)
    SINGAPORE—Michelin is seeking to reduce its operating overhead by roughly $1.3 billion through 2020, company officials said at a recent investor's day presentation in Singapore.
  • Clariant rejects appeal to rethink Huntsman merger (Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:24:19 -0400)
    MUTTENZ, Switzerland—Chemical giant Clariant has rejected a request to rethink its planned merger of equals with U.S.-based Huntsman.
  • Louisville grants ASRC petition to modify emissions goals (Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:42:24 -0400)
    LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District has granted most of American Synthetic Rubber Co.'s requests for modification of its emissions goals under Louisville's Strategic Toxic Air Reduction program.
  • Goodyear to buy German tire inspection technology firm (Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:34:52 -0400)
    AKRON—Goodyear is pushing further into the fleet management business by agreeing to buy Ventech Systems, a Germany-based developer of automated tire inspection technology under the trade name PneuScan.
  • Raumedic gears for Industry 4.0 (Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:24:52 -0400)
    HELMBRECHTS, Germany—Raumedic is introducing a new IT-based quality assurance and production control system in all of its production locations in Germany and the U.S. by 2019.
  • Maroon Group acquires Seidler Chemical (Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:19:15 -0400)
    AVON, Ohio—Maroon Group acquired Seidler Chemical, a specialty chemicals and ingredients distributor based in Newark, N.J.
  • SEHSC submits D4 environmental study to EPA (Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:42:35 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—The Silicones Environmental, Health and Safety Center of the American Chemistry Council has submitted a final report on its D4 environmental monitoring program to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Cabot opens Asia technology center in Shanghai (Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:18:14 -0400)
    SHANGHAI—Cabot officially opened its new Asia technology center in Shanghai Sept. 14.
  • Lubrizol to invest further in Vesta (Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:55:52 -0400)
    FRANKLIN, Wis.—Lubrizol is again investing in its Vesta unit, part of its larger commitment to the medical device market.
  • Bridgestone's Annunziato named ETRMA president (Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:41:26 -0400)
    BRUSSELS—Franco Annunziato, vice president and senior adviser at Bridgestone Europe, has been elected president of the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association by the ETRMA Board of Directors.
  • Dow merges polyurethane portfolios (Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:29:47 -0400)
    MIDLAND, Mich.—Dow Corning Polyurethane Additives will be incorporated into the Dow Polyurethanes portfolio under the Vorasurf Polyurethane Additives brand name.
  • EU posts record car registration figures, U.K. declines (Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0400)
    BRUSSELS—Passenger car registrations in Europe in the month of August increased by 5.6 percent, totaling 865,047 units.
  • Robotic system helps manage and track costly shipping containers (Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:42:38 -0400)
    GREEN, Ohio—For original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers looking to better track returnable containers, there's an expense of manual cycle counts, meaning someone is physically counting packaging units.
  • Continental employee celebrates 50 years at Nebraska plant (Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:51:11 -0400)
    LINCOLN, Neb.—Sally "Monia" Edwards has been faithfully working at the automotive hose and belt plant in Lincoln for the last 50 years.
  • Arsenal Capital Partners acquires Cyalume Technologies (Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:25:01 -0400)
    NEW YORK—Arsenal Capital Partners completed the acquisition of Cyalume Technologies, a specialty chemicals provider to diversified end markets.