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  • Firestone Industrial Products names managing director of sales (Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:36:26 -0400)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Firestone Industrial Products named Benjamin Rosenblum as managing director of sales, Firestone Europe & Asia.
  • VMI to open Polish expansion in September (Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:02:35 -0400)
    LESZNO, Poland—Dutch tire machinery manufacturer VMI is set to inaugurate its new Polish production plant in September, slightly later than scheduled.
  • Trelleborg to acquire U.S. composites manufacturer (Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:41:18 -0400)
    TRELLEBORG, Sweden—Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has signed an agreement to acquire Automated Dynamics, a U.S.-based, privately-owned manufacturer of advanced composite components.
  • Top Glove focuses on growth plan (Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:15:15 -0400)
    SHAH ALAM, Malaysia—Top Glove is considering new set-ups through synergistic mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, all in an effort to help boost shareholder value.
  • Speakers added to International Latex Conference agenda (Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:36:06 -0400)
    AKRON—Five additional speakers have been added to the 2017 International Latex Conference, organized jointly by Rubber & Plastics News and Akron Dispersions.
  • Michelin restructuring, will cut jobs in U.S., France (Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:48:42 -0400)
    CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—Michelin is reorganizing its operations into 10 regions and 14 business lines, an initiative that will result in close to 2,000 job cuts in France and the U.S.
  • Chemours to stop fluoropolymer byproduct disposal in U.S. (Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:39:19 -0400)
    WILMINGTON, Del.—Chemours will voluntarily stop the disposal of wastewater that contains the byproduct GenX, generated from fluoromonomers production at its manufacturing plant in Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Lord expands aftermarket support capabilities (Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:43:03 -0400)
    CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS, Pa.—Lord added fly-by-wire aftermarket repair capabilities at its Cambridge Springs facility to expand aftermarket support for long-time client Airbus.
  • Degenhart: Conti to keep its balance amid high-tech shift (Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:02:39 -0400)
    HANOVER, Germany—Continental will maintain the position of rubber-based businesses within the group even as it moves to become a leading player in the field of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies, according to CEO Elmar Degenhart.
  • Site work at Nokian's Tennessee plant to start in August (Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:15:00 -0400)
    DAYTON, Tenn.—Site preparation work for Nokian Tyres' $360 million Dayton tire plant is scheduled to start in August.
  • Michelin, Safran unveil 'connected' aircraft tire at Paris Air Show (Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:15:00 -0400)
    PARIS—Michelin and French aircraft systems manufacturer Safran Group introduced what they described as "the world's first" connected aircraft tire during the Paris Air Show.
  • ZF reinvents itself to prepare for digital future (Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:54:18 -0400)
    FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany—Formed in 1915 to make gears for zeppelins and long known as a maker of transmissions and suspension components, ZF Friedrichshafen is amid a radical transformation from its origins as a specialist in metal gears and cogs...
  • Michelin to upgrade Scottish tire plant (Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:00:00 -0400)
    DUNDEE, Scotland—Michelin, with the backing of the Scottish government, plans to invest $21 million in its factory in Dundee to upgrade the plant for larger-sized tires and to reduce its environmental impact.
  • Hankook Tire partners with Disabled American Veterans (Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:51:43 -0400)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Hankook Tire America renewed its commitment to Disabled American Veterans, which provides free services to veterans of all generations where they live.
  • Polytek merges with California Medical Innovations (Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:30:00 -0400)
    POMONA, Calif.—Polytek Development Corp. and California Medical Innovations have merged.
  • MarketResearch.com acquires Freedonia Group (Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:15:00 -0400)
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—MarketResearch.com completed its acquisition of the Freedonia Group, a global creator of industry research reports and consulting services for more than 30 years.
  • Bridgestone names president of retail operations (Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:00:00 -0400)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas has hired Joe Venezia, an executive with 20-plus years of consumer retail experience, to be president of its Bridgestone Retail Operations.
  • Parker Hannifin names Leombruno as next VP (Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:00:00 -0400)
    MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio—Parker Hannifin board of directors named Todd M. Leombruno as the company's next vice president and controller, effective July 1.
  • High diisocyanate prices could slow polyurethane growth (Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:19:47 -0400)
    LONDON—The sustained high and rising prices of diisocyanates could affect the future growth of the global polyurethane industry, three key players warn.
  • Global SR market to reach $45 billion by 2023 (Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:00:00 -0400)
    DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla.—The global synthetic rubber market is expected to exceed $45 billion by 2023 growing at a CAGR rate of more than 5 percent during that span, a recent report suggests.
  • Dow, DuPont merger gains U.S. antitrust approval (Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0400)
    MIDLAND, Mich.—DuPont Co. and Dow Chemical Co. have reached a proposed agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust division. This would permit the proposed merger of equals to go ahead.
  • U.K. chemicals makers on a high after Brexit vote (Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0400)
    LONDON—United Kingdom chemicals makers are defying all forecasts of doom following last year's Brexit vote with strong growth in production and exports, and positive spending plans for the year ahead.
  • U.S. university develops tire tread sensors (Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:00:00 -0400)
    DURHAM, N.C.—Electrical engineers at Duke University have developed a printed sensor that can monitor the tread of car tires in real time.
  • Supreme Court rules on patent protection cessation (Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—A company's right to protect its patents ends when it sells its products to an end-user, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.
  • Cooper Standard names Banas as CFO (Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:45:00 -0400)
    NOVI, Mich.—Cooper Standard has appointed Jonathan P. Banas as executive vice president and chief financial officer.
  • Castleton Commodities invests in Delta-Energy Group (Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:00:00 -0400)
    STAMFORD, Conn.—Castleton Commodities International invested through one of its subsidiaries in Delta-Energy Group, while Bridgestone will remain a minority owner of the firm.
  • ContiTech expands elevator belt production in Germany (Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:30:00 -0400)
    DANNENBERG, Germany—ContiTech has expanded its production of elevator belts at its site in Dannenberg to meet growing demand.
  • Goodyear continues lengthy streak on Fortune 500 list (Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0400)
    AKRON—Goodyear has earned a spot on Fortune magazine's famed Fortune 500 list for the 62nd consecutive year.
  • British foam association joins call for study of deadly fire (Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:00:00 -0400)
    LONDON—The British Urethane Foam Manufacturers Association is backing a call for a "full and proper investigation" into all the circumstances of the recent Grenfell Tower fire in London which has so far claimed 79 lives.
  • Freudenberg to expand sealing production in India (Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:00:00 -0400)
    CHENNAI, India—Freudenberg Group plans to expand sealing production in India.
  • Photo gallery: Goodyear employees volunteer across six countries (Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:00:00 -0400)
    AKRON—Goodyear celebrated the wrap-up and results of its inaugural Week of Volunteering, which ran from June 1-7, 2017.
  • Aeolus expands Chinese tire manufacturing site (Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0400)
    JIAOZUO, China—A project to add 30,000 units per year of capacity for engineering tires, including jumbo tires, at Aeolus' existing site in Jiaozuo was approved in May.
  • European car volumes near pre-recession levels (Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:00:00 -0400)
    BRUSSELS—Passenger car registrations across the EU approached pre-financial crash levels, having increased 7.6 percent in May to about 1.39 million units, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association said.
  • MRL Tyres opens sales office in Dallas (Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0400)
    PANAMA CITY, Panama—India's MRL Tyres Ltd. has opened a sales office in Dallas to coordinate the firm's growing farm, OTR and industrial tire business in the U.S.
  • Dow receives EPA sustainable chemistry award (Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:45:00 -0400)
    MIDLAND, Mich.—Dow Chemical and Koehler Paper Group received a 2017 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.
  • Bridgestone invests in proactive ride technology (Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:31:18 -0400)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas invested in ClearMotion, a venture-backed technology company developing road-sensing software and hardware that dramatically improves ride performance in cars.
  • Texas used tire bill vetoed (Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:30:00 -0400)
    AUSTIN, Texas—Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has vetoed a used tire bill that passed the state legislature in May.
  • Berghouse has big plans for AirBoss unit (Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:20:04 -0400)
    AUBURN HILLS, Mich.—Bradley Berghouse, the relatively new president of AirBoss Flexible Products, has big plans for the business.
  • Trinseo acquiring Italian elastomers company API (Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:06:49 -0400)
    BERWYN, Penn.—Trinseo is acquiring API in a deal, announced June 15, that is expected to close in the third quarter.
  • Private equity firm lands Dunlop Aircraft Tyres deal (Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:45:00 -0400)
    NEW YORK—Private equity firm Liberty Hall Capital Partners has acquired Dunlop Aircraft Tyres for $135 million from AAC Capital Partners and other shareholders.
  • Global LSR market to reach $3.3 billion by 2025 (Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0400)
    NEW YORK—Global demand for liquid silicone rubber is on course to reach $3.29 billion by 2025, according to a report by Grand View Research.
  • Bridgestone Bloomington plant receives Caterpillar certification (Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:47:05 -0400)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas' off-road tire plant in Bloomington, Ill., received the highest level in the Caterpillar Supplier Quality Excellence Process Certification.
  • Movin'On will return to Montreal in 2018 (Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:45:51 -0400)
    MONTREAL—Movin'On, Michelin's international sustainable mobility conference which covers a wide range of transportation and technological issues, will return to Montreal in 2018.
  • Sonus follows same path with new name (Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:30:00 -0400)
    WARREN, Mich.—Sonus Engineered Solutions may have a new name, but its mission remains the same.
  • SKZ Conference review (Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:30:00 -0400)
    WUERZBURG, Germany—Ursula Nollenberger, product director LSR components at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, focused on wine bottle stoppers at the KZ Sueddeutsches Kunststoffzentrum Silicone Elastomers conference
  • Cabot breaks ground on China silica plant (Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:00:00 -0400)
    WUHAI, China—Cabot and joint venture partner Inner Mongolia Hengyecheng Silicone broke ground on a new fumed silica manufacturing facility in Wuhai.
  • Smithers breaks ground on laboratory expansion (Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:54:14 -0400)
    RAVENNA, Ohio—Smithers Rapra broke ground on a new expansion at the Smithers Tire and Wheel Test Center in Ravenna.
  • Goodyear reports stabilization in raw materials prices (Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:15:00 -0400)
    AKRON—Goodyear has noted a "recent stabilization" in its raw material costs following a sharp spike and then rapid retreat in prices over the last six months.
  • Yokohama partners with Nitro World Games (Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:45:00 -0400)
    SANTA ANA, Calif.—Yokohama Tire continued a partnership with the Nitro Circus organization by becoming an official partner of the Nitro World Games.
  • Michelin unveils 'Vision' for future (Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:28:29 -0400)
    MONTREAL—A new vision for sustainable mobility in the future, underscored by a new logo, was the big reveal for Michelin at its Movin' On 2017 conference in Montreal June 13-15.
  • Dow signs two agreements in Saudi Arabia (Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:32:33 -0400)
    MIDLAND, Mich.—Dow Chemical signed two agreements to advance its investments in Saudi Arabia, putting more than $100 million in a new polymer facility.
  • Bridgestone discusses environmental commitments (Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0400)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone's commitment to the environment means finding a balance between operations and nature.
  • Lubrizol investing $60 million in LifeSciences business (Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:00:00 -0400)
    WICKLIFFE, Ohio—Lubrizol will continue to grow its LifeSciences business, investing $60 million on new products and capacity in addition to manufacturing expansions.
  • Italian trade association Assocomaplast renamed Amaplast (Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:00:00 -0400)
    MILAN—Assocomaplast has a new name: Amaplast.
  • Report: Tire market in India set to grow through 2022 (Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:17:56 -0400)
    NOIDA, India—The tire market in India is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 9 percent between 2017-22, according to a new TechSci Research report.
  • Cole: Auto industry faces many challenges (Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:55:39 -0400)
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  • Online extra: New fire hose addresses kink-resistant trend (Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:30:00 -0400)
    SAN ANTONIO—North American Fire Hose recently introduced a highly kink-resistant fire hose that will work at lower pressure. It's part of an industry trend toward lower-pressures and nozzles which help fight such issues as firefighter fatigue.
  • Millbrook expanding Test World site in Finland (Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:27:29 -0400)
    MILLBROOK, England—Millbrook Group is expanding its Test World site in Finland with a view to making the facility "Europe's leading location for tire testing."
  • Bridgestone nets $110 million fleet deal with FirstGroup (Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:00:00 -0400)
    WARWICK, England—Bridgestone has secured a $110 million tire supply contract with transport operator FirstGroup.
  • Volkswagen taps Continental for OE tires (Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:30:00 -0400)
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—Volkswagen has selected a trio of Continental-brand tires as the U.S. OE fitments for the 2018 VW Atlas.
  • Trelleborg unit adds rapid prototype center (Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:00:00 -0400)
    RUTHERFORDTON, N.C.—Trelleborg Engineered Coated Fabrics has added a new Rapid Prototype Center at its Rutherfordton facility to enhance and expand the operation's capabilities.
  • Wacker opens silicones R&D center in Mich. (Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:00:00 -0400)
    ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Wacker Chemie has opened its Silicones R&D Center in Ann Arbor that will be used to develop new products for its customers in the Americas.
  • East West sells SR plant in Ch. 11 deal (Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400)
    BATON ROUGE, La.—East West Copolymer has sold its synthetic rubber manufacturing facility in Baton Rouge, apparently ending the plant's 74-year run.
  • Hankook says production ramping up at Clarksville (Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:30:17 -0400)
    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.—Hankook Tire America said tire production continues to ramp up on schedule at its new $580 million plant in Clarksville.
  • Motion Industries opens new Dallas distribution center (Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:15:30 -0400)
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Motion Industries completed a move to its newly built distribution center in Grand Prairie, Texas, in the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
  • Court approves EnPro bankruptcy reorganization plan (Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:34:16 -0400)
    CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina confirmed EnPro Industries' joint plan of reorganization to resolve current and future asbestos claims.
  • New challenges, uncertainty on horizon for automotive industry (Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:00:00 -0400)
    ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The automotive industry has dug itself out of the Great Recession, but there's plenty of uncertainty on the horizon.
  • Study: Single ply roofing membranes gain market share (Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:00:00 -0400)
    BRISTOL, England—Polymer-based single ply membranes are gaining market share from bitumen for waterproofing flat roofs, according to a recently published study by industry consultants Applied Market Information.
  • Bridgestone to raise prices on truck, bus, OTR tires (Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:00:00 -0400)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas is planning to raise prices in North America on its range of commercial truck/bus and OTR tires by up to 8 percent on or before July 1.
  • Bill Ford: Autonomous vehicle industry must overcome legal, policy challenges (Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—Developing hardware and software to run self-driving vehicles will be easy compared to the regulations, ethics, infrastructure and workforce retraining required to support and deal with the pending transformation of personal transportation,...
  • Column: Miles Moore marks 40 years as RPN reporter (Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400)
    Miles Moore, the senior Washington reporter for both Rubber & Plastics News and sister publication Tire Business, is accomplishing something rarely seen in business these days.
  • Medron expands thermoplastic extrusion capabilities (Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:23:39 -0400)
    SALT LAKE CITY—Medron has invested to increase its thermoplastic extrusion offerings.
  • Yokohama moves to expand high-pressure hose sales (Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:41:53 -0400)
    TOKYO—Two high-pressure hoses sold overseas by Yokohama Rubber have been certified by DNV GL, a maritime classification and certification society based in Norway and Germany.
  • Industry experts to speak at Rubber In Automotive Conference (Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:32:45 -0400)
    TROY, Mich.—The Rubber In Automotive Conference will present 23 industry experts exploring new technical innovations and efficiencies, including Michael DiPino, senior technical service manager for R.D.
  • Vystar, Lien 'A establish partnership (Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:15:00 -0400)
    ATLANTA—Vystar, producer of Vytex hypoallergenic natural rubber latex, has formed a strategic partnership with Vietnamese latex foam producer Lien 'A for the worldwide development, production and distribution of natural rubber latex bedding and furniture...
  • Pirelli suspends tire production in Venezuela (Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:45:00 -0400)
    GUACARA, Venezuela—Pirelli & C. SpA has suspended operations indefinitely at its Venezuela tire production plant due to failure to secure raw materials.
  • Court approves EnPro's reorganization plan (Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:18:05 -0400)
    CHARLOTTE, N.C.—EnPro Industries is moving toward resolution of a decades-long process of handling asbestos claims after support of a reorganization plan by a bankruptcy court.
  • Auto makers unshaken by Trump's move on Paris accord (Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:14:42 -0400)
    DETROIT—President Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris international climate treaty hasn't shaken auto makers' resolve to continue developing cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles.
  • Court remands Goodyear fine for liability (Fri, 9 Jun 2017 13:11:51 -0400)
    SAN FRANCISCO—The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has remanded a $2.7 million damage award against Goodyear and two attorneys who represented the tire maker in a product liability lawsuit.
  • Chinese manufacturer trials polyurethane tire project (Fri, 9 Jun 2017 14:03:39 -0400)
    YUNFU, China—China's tire maker Himaxer has started trial production at its 1.2 million unit-per-year polyurethane tire project in Yunfu, the company disclosed.
  • Editorial: GM's focus on sustainable NR a big win for cause (Fri, 9 Jun 2017 12:19:37 -0400)
    General Motors said May 15 that it is making sustainable, environmentally friendly natural rubber production a priority, and will work with major tire manufacturers to create a plan to achieve that goal.
  • Toyoda Gosei building fifth plant in India (Fri, 9 Jun 2017 13:10:02 -0400)
    KIYOSU, Japan—Toyoda Gosei is building a new plant in India to meet the country's growing automotive demand, the company announced in May.
  • Solvay engineer set to speak at Rubber in Automotive Conference (Fri, 9 Jun 2017 13:57:33 -0400)
    TROY, Mich.—Luca Cirillo, automotive technical development engineer for Solvay's Specialty Polymers Global Business unit, will be among the presenters at the 2017 Rubber in Automotive Conference.
  • Interroll looks to bring conveyor systems to U.S. (Fri, 9 Jun 2017 12:56:23 -0400)
    SANT'ANTONIO, Switzerland—Interroll Group is betting that the popularity of its new generation conveyors and modular conveyor platforms will generate the same interest in U.S. and Asia as it did when released in Europe.
  • Desma uses new platform to connect with customers (Fri, 9 Jun 2017 10:35:58 -0400)
    HEBRON, Ky.—The term "Industry 4.0" to this point has been known more in Europe than North America, but machinery firm Desma USA is hoping to change that.
  • French adds equipment at Ohio manufacturing site (Fri, 9 Jun 2017 12:30:34 -0400)
    PIQUA, Ohio—French Oil recently increased its machining capability by adding three new CNC machine tools for its Piqua manufacturing facility.
  • Ansell prepares succession plans (Thu, 8 Jun 2017 11:36:21 -0400)
    MELBOURNE, Australia—Ansell outlined its board and senior management succession plans for Magnus Nicolin, the group's managing director and CEO, and Glenn Barnes, the company's chairman.
  • OSHA fines Goodyear over Topeka plant fatality (Thu, 8 Jun 2017 17:36:41 -0400)
    TOPEKA, Kan.—The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Goodyear $27,713 for alleged safety violations at its Topeka plant in connection with the March 14 death of a contract worker at the facility's storeroom.
  • Column: The more things change... (Thu, 8 Jun 2017 11:18:21 -0400)
    Some of the news coming out of Ford during the second half of May likely will befuddle many—especially those of us who can't see the situation from the perspective of a board of directors hearing growing complaints from shareholders about lagging...
  • Henkel raises $600 million bond (Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:21:55 -0400)
    DUESSELDORF, Germany—Henkel has raised a $600 million loan in the eurodollar market, to pay for recent acquisitions.
  • Avery Dennison acquires Finesse Medical (Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:50:02 -0400)
    GLENDALE, Calif.—Avery Dennison has acquired Finesse Medical, a Longford, Ireland-based business specializing in the development and manufacture of healthcare products for wound care and skin conditions.
  • Farrel Pomini opens new headquarters (Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:13:57 -0400)
    ANSONIA, Conn.—Farrel Pomini held a grand opening for its new corporate headquarters facility, celebrating consolidating its offices from three different buildings all under one roof for the first time in more than 100 years.
  • IISRP plans innovation webinar (Thu, 8 Jun 2017 11:50:54 -0400)
    HOUSTON, Texas—The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers will offer "Innovation Pays Off," an upcoming webinar on June 21 at 9 a.m. CST.
  • Auto makers urged to prepare for NAFTA changes (Thu, 8 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—The auto industry is expected to be in negotiators' crosshairs as preparations speed up to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  • ChemSpec expands polyisobutylene portfolio (Wed, 7 Jun 2017 09:48:36 -0400)
    UNIONTOWN, Ohio—ChemSpec introduced several new products in the polyisobutylene market through its ongoing exclusive distributorship relationships with Shandong Hongrui Petrochemical.
  • OSHA investigating death of worker at Goodyear Topeka plant (Wed, 7 Jun 2017 15:25:29 -0400)
    TOPEKA, Kan.—As of June 7, Region 7 of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration was still investigating the March 14 death of a worker at the Goodyear facility in Topeka.
  • Future Tire Conference set for June 27-28 (Wed, 7 Jun 2017 13:00:00 -0400)
    COLOGNE, Germany—There is still time to register for the Future Tire Conference 2017, featuring 20 speakers and panels focusing on the conference's theme of: " Staying ahead in the new digital era—Smart Plants, Smart Supply, Smart Tires."
  • Michelin bids for control of African NR producer (Wed, 7 Jun 2017 14:00:00 -0400)
    PARIS—Michelin is bidding to buy controlling interest in Societe Internationale de Plantations d'Heveas, a French company with natural rubber plantation holdings in four West African nations.
  • Arkansas honors Cooper Tire's export success (Wed, 7 Jun 2017 09:50:27 -0400)
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—The state of Arkansas has recognized Cooper Tire's operations in Texarkana, Ark., with the state's Governor's Award in the large manufacturing exporter category.
  • Wanli parent budgeting $1 billion for U.S. plant (Wed, 7 Jun 2017 12:49:03 -0400)
    GUANGZHOU, China—Guangzhou Vanlead Group, a China state-owned entity that controls Wanli Tire Group, has earmarked $1 billion over eight years for the tire plant being considered for South Carolina.
  • Royal Adhesives expands sealant business (Wed, 7 Jun 2017 11:59:55 -0400)
    SOUTH BEND, Ind.—Royal Adhesives & Sealants acquired the business assets of the Ball Ground aircraft sealant repackaging business from Graco Supply.
  • Davis-Standard adds tech cell at HQ site (Wed, 7 Jun 2017 08:15:00 -0400)
    PAWCATUCK, Conn.—Davis-Standard recently installed a technical cell complete with extrusion and straining equipment at its headquarters facility in Pawcatuck to help its customers improve their processes.
  • TG expanding fluid systems business in Michigan (Tue, 6 Jun 2017 14:28:08 -0400)
    BRIGHTON, Mich.—TG Fluid Systems USA has begun an expansion of its Brighton facility, adding more than 62,000 square feet to the site.
  • ZC Rubber, Bekaert sign steel cord deal (Tue, 6 Jun 2017 14:28:15 -0400)
    BRUSSELS, Belgium—China's ZC Rubber has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Belgium's Bekaert, focusing on the development of steel cord for green tires.
  • Rubber in Automotive conference set for June 13-14 (Tue, 6 Jun 2017 16:11:05 -0400)
    TROY, Mich.—There still is time to register for the Rubber In Automotive conference to be held June 13-14 at the Detroit Marriott Troy.
  • Cooper asks NHTSA for noncompliance ruling (Tue, 6 Jun 2017 13:56:37 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—Cooper Tire has petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a determination of inconsequential noncompliance in the case of 484 Cooper Mastercraft Courser HSX Tour brand tires, size 275/55R20.
  • SaarGummi in technical deal with South Korean automotive supplier (Tue, 6 Jun 2017 14:09:52 -0400)
    WADERN-BUESCHFELD, Germany—SaarGummi Group has entered a technical agreement and is considering forming a joint venture with South Korean automotive components supplier AIA.
  • Kent Elastomer expands sales team (Tue, 6 Jun 2017 14:02:47 -0400)
    KENT, Ohio—Kent Elastomer Products has named Joseph P. Williamson as its senior director, global sales and customer operations.
  • Polymer additives specialist Addivant tackles VOCs (Tue, 6 Jun 2017 13:53:08 -0400)
    GUANGZHOU, China—Polymer additives specialist Addivant showed off its wares and discussed ambitious plans to support Asian customers at Chinaplas in Guangzhou.
  • Cooper Tire awards six scholarships (Tue, 6 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0400)
    FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire has awarded scholarships to six high school students pursuing higher education.
  • Goodyear continues sports marketing investments (Mon, 5 Jun 2017 10:41:52 -0400)
    AKRON—Goodyear is betting a sizable amount, possibly as much as eight figures per year, that a 2.5-inch square patch on the Cleveland Cavaliers' redesigned jerseys next season will be a worthwhile investment with global reach.
  • Sumitomo recalls seven motorcycle tires (Mon, 5 Jun 2017 12:11:03 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—Sumitomo Rubber USA is recalling seven Dunlop Sportmax Q3+ motorcycle tires because of possible air pockets in the shoulder region.
  • Crist, Horn take leadership roles at PolyOne (Mon, 5 Jun 2017 12:26:25 -0400)
    AVON LAKE, Ohio—Materials firm PolyOne has appointed new leaders for two of its business units.
  • Lion Elastomers buys assets from East West Copolymer (Mon, 5 Jun 2017 14:59:17 -0400)
    BATON ROUGE, La.—Lion Copolymer Services has purchased assets of the Baton Rouge-based East West Copolymer, which announced bankruptcy in April.
  • AirBoss poised for growth, realigns reporting (Mon, 5 Jun 2017 15:05:28 -0400)
    NEWMARKET, Ontario—AirBoss is gearing up for growth, some of it in the not too distant future.
  • Lutz resigns as CFO of Covestro (Mon, 5 Jun 2017 15:20:27 -0400)
    LEVERKUSEN, Germany—Frank Lutz has resigned as chief financial officer of Covestro and is to be replaced on an interim basis by CEO Patrick Thomas.
  • Kenda recalls 696 Kenetica tires (Mon, 5 Jun 2017 12:10:57 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—American Kenda Rubber Industrial is recalling 696 Kenda Kenetica tires for a possible void between the top steel belt and the tire undertread located at the overlapped steel belt splice.
  • Trelleborg offers new compounds, e-learning tool (Mon, 5 Jun 2017 12:10:02 -0400)
    TEWKESBURY, England—Trelleborg has released three new Isolast high specification perfluoroelastomer (FFKM) products, and also launched a new interactive e-learning tool to train Elastopipe installers.
  • Molding machine maker Desma increases capacity (Fri, 2 Jun 2017 12:38:39 -0400)
    FRIDINGEN, Germany—Rubber injection molding machine company Desma is expanding its production capabilities by building new production halls in Fridingen and Slovakia.
  • Versalis boss Ferrari elected president of PlasticsEurope (Fri, 2 Jun 2017 13:25:42 -0400)
    BRUSSELS—Versalis CEO Daniele Ferrari has been elected president of polymer industry association PlasticsEurope.
  • Teijin Aramid receives sustainability certificate (Fri, 2 Jun 2017 12:29:36 -0400)
    ARNHEM, Netherlands—EcoVadis, an independent sustainability rating platform, awarded Teijin Aramid with a certificate that qualifies the company as a Gold Partner for its sustainability efforts in the automotive market.
  • Waterville TG, recycler team up to reduce waste (Fri, 2 Jun 2017 12:26:02 -0400)
    COWANSVILLE, Quebec—Delta Gomma and Waterville TG are working together to recycle waste EPDM from automotive and industrial parts.
  • Bridgestone raising tire prices in Europe (Fri, 2 Jun 2017 12:47:58 -0400)
    BRUSSELS—Bridgestone Europe is increasing prices across its car, van and SUV tire ranges.
  • Toyo's Malaysian plant hits production mark (Fri, 2 Jun 2017 11:36:58 -0400)
    PERAK, Malaysia—Toyo Tire's Malaysian subsidiary recently passed a manufacturing milestone, producing the 10 millionth tire at its car and light truck tire plant in Perak.
  • ATG names Sheehey VP of marketing (Fri, 2 Jun 2017 11:49:05 -0400)
    WAKEFIELD, Mass.—Alliance Tire Americas has hired industry veteran Brian Sheehey as vice president of marketing.
  • Fuellenbach takes over the reins at Semperit (Fri, 2 Jun 2017 11:47:51 -0400)
    VIENNA—Martin Fuellenbach has started his role as Semperit CEO.
  • Supreme Court: Companies' patent protection ends after sale to end-user (Thu, 1 Jun 2017 14:52:29 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—A company's right to protect its patents ends when it sells its products to an end-user, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.
  • Auto supplier Grammer fends off takeover attempt (Thu, 1 Jun 2017 15:37:26 -0400)
    AMBERG, Germany—Grammer defeated an attempt by Cascade International Investment to insert three nominees into its supervisory board at the company's annual general meeting.
  • North American Fire Hose grows in California (Thu, 1 Jun 2017 10:30:36 -0400)
    SAN ANTONIO—North American Fire Hose is in the midst of an expansion that will move its weaving processes to a nearby building, freeing up space in its main factory to add more rubber extrusion lines.
  • Maplan adding plants in China, Slovakia (Thu, 1 Jun 2017 16:08:19 -0400)
    KOTTINGBRUNN, Austria—Rubber molding machine maker Maplan is establishing new manufacturing facilities in China and Slovakia.
  • Conti partners with Chinese internet major Baidu (Thu, 1 Jun 2017 15:55:51 -0400)
    BERLIN—Continental has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Chinese internet company Baidu in the areas of automated driving, connected vehicles and intelligent mobility services.
  • Friendly robots apply for supplier jobs (Thu, 1 Jun 2017 11:26:50 -0400)
    ZEELAND, Mich.—Robots have been a common fixture in auto plants for decades, performing grungy and dangerous jobs. But YuMi, designed by ABB Robotics, represents a new wave of robotics, one that is affordable and practical for smaller suppliers.
  • LSR drops into 3D printing demand (Thu, 1 Jun 2017 14:30:56 -0400)
    WUERZBURG, Germany—Two presentations at the biannual SKZ Sueddeutsches Kunststoffzentrum Silicone Elastomers conference in Wuerzburg addressed recently introduced liquid silicone rubber 3D printing systems.
  • Two tire-related bills come down to the wire in California (Thu, 1 Jun 2017 14:08:38 -0400)
    SACRAMENTO—Two tire-related bills before the California Assembly must pass and be sent to the state Senate by June 2, or they will be dead for the year, according to the California Tire Dealers Association.
  • Hankook joins with United Way to help Nashville mothers (Wed, 31 May 2017 15:00:00 -0400)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Hankook Tire America joined recently with the Nashville-area United Way to collect items that would help impoverished mothers and their children.
  • GM partners with tire producers on new sources of NR (Wed, 31 May 2017 15:45:00 -0400)
    DETROIT—General Motors is collaborating with rubber and tire suppliers to establish a plan to source more rubber through environmentally sound and sustainable natural rubber production.
  • IHS manager moves to OESA (Wed, 31 May 2017 13:15:08 -0400)
    SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—Mike Jackson has been tracking supplier trends for more than two decades. Now he is helping one of the industry's leading trade groups stay on top of trends affecting the North American supply base.
  • Gerstenberger makes mark at ContiTech (Wed, 31 May 2017 11:30:59 -0400)
    SAN ANTONIO—Andreas Gerstenberger has been at the helm of Continental's ContiTech hose business for 18 months now, and during that time much has changed.
  • Arburg wins Industry 4.0 award (Wed, 31 May 2017 10:54:37 -0400)
    LOSSBURG, Germany—Injection molding machine manufacturer Arburg recently was awarded "100 Centers of Industry 4.0 Excellence in Baden-Wuerttemberg" recognition for the ways in which it has embraced and implemented Industry 4.0 technology.
  • USW approves Titan labor deal (Wed, 31 May 2017 06:00:00 -0400)
    QUINCY, Ill.—After a long negotiating process, five years of labor stability have been achieved by Titan International and the United Steelworkers.
  • Covestro making 'butyl' rubber from methane, CO2 (Wed, 31 May 2017 11:16:05 -0400)
    LONDON—Covestro is developing a new "butyl-type" rubber that uses CO2 or methane as a feedstock, according to CEO Patrick Thomas.
  • Retread industry petitioning U.S. to reconsider import duties (Wed, 31 May 2017 07:30:00 -0400)
    MADISON, Tenn.—Marangoni Tread North America has launched a petition drive to spur the Trump administration to reconsider the U.S. Commerce Department's decision to not impose duties on imports of truck tires from China.
  • Wacker honored as long-term supplier (Tue, 30 May 2017 15:40:07 -0400)
    MUNICH—Molnlycke Health Care honored Wacker with a 2017 supplier award in the Long-Term Relationship category at a ceremony in Gothenburg.
  • ContiTech to invest $12 million in Iowa plant (Tue, 30 May 2017 15:34:08 -0400)
    FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Continental's ContiTech business is following through on a plan it launched last year to seek "Smart Solutions Beyond Rubber" that will bring a major investment at one of its U.S. hose plants, but result in closure of a second site.
  • Emerald Kalama appoints distributor for western U.S. (Tue, 30 May 2017 15:07:39 -0400)
    CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio—Emerald Performance Materials' Kalama Chemical unit has appointed Dowd and Guild as its distributor in the western U.S. for its K-Flex-brand of low-VOC non-phthalate plasticizers and coalescents.
  • Cooper Tire plants honored for environmental quality (Tue, 30 May 2017 11:45:55 -0400)
    FINDLAY, Ohio—The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has honored two of Cooper Tire's manufacturing plants.
  • Cimcorp to buy more land for possible expansion (Tue, 30 May 2017 12:43:08 -0400)
    ULVILA, Finland—Cimcorp has applied to buy land beside its headquarters site in Ulvila with the aim of expanding its facilities.
  • Goodyear gives back with volunteer effort (Tue, 30 May 2017 11:44:39 -0400)
    AKRON—Goodyear is hosting its first Week of Volunteering June 1-7, involving more than 1,100 Goodyear associates and others who will provide an estimated 5,700 hours of volunteer service.
  • U.S. vehicle sales expected to rebound in May (Tue, 30 May 2017 09:49:17 -0400)
    DETROIT—U.S. new-vehicle sales are expected to rise very slightly in May from a year ago, narrowly snapping the industry's streak of four consecutive monthly declines.
  • RPN seeks nominations for special recognition (Tue, 30 May 2017 08:00:00 -0400)
    AKRON—This year, the Rubber & Plastics News staff would like to honor some of the industry's youngest and brightest stars. Our July 24 issue will feature a special section, recognizing these individuals, all of whom are younger than 40.