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  • LSR is a pet's next best friend (Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:32:28 -0400)
    LUCERNE, Switzerland—Liquid silicone rubber gets a lot of attention for technical components like medical products and lighting fixtures. But the material has plenty of applications in consumer products, too.
  • Column: What's next after Trump disbands his manufacturing council? (Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:00:00 -0400)
    CEO expectations were too high, especially for a new president who had run a divisive campaign and had very little experience in the complexities of government.
  • Trelleborg moving advanced sealing products plant in Denmark (Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:45:00 -0400)
    TRELLEBORG, Sweden—Trelleborg Sealing Solutions plans to invest $14.7 million to build a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility near its current plant in Helsingor, Denmark.
  • Chiorino names Bert Flieger president (Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:15:00 -0400)
    NEWARK, Del.—Chiorino appointed Bert Flieger to the position of president of Chiorino America.
  • Goodyear reports higher accident rate (Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:00:00 -0400)
    AKRON—After several years of improvements, Goodyear has suffered a setback in its factory safety performance, the U.S. tire maker's recently issued Corporate Responsibility report for 2016 shows.
  • Barcode system eliminates drum mix-ups during LSR molding (Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:32:14 -0400)
    OFTERING, Austria—Elmet, an operating system supplier for the injection molding of two-component liquid silicone rubbers, introduced a standardized barcode system for drum labeling and recognition.
  • Letter to the editor: Vinyl Institute official reacts to Eldon James article (Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:41:52 -0400)
    Polyvinyl chloride has grown to become one of the most popular materials on the market today. And for good reason—it's one of the safest, durable, cost-effective and innovative materials ever created.
  • NR supply, demand doesn't square with price trends (Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:33:24 -0400)
    Some things in life just don't make sense. Take the current state of natural rubber pricing supply and demand.
  • Birla Carbon emphasizes value of carbon black (Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:08:04 -0400)
    ATLANTA—Birla Carbon is on a mission to educate consumers on the significance of carbon black.
  • BKT to add carbon black plant at tire plant (Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:24:20 -0400)
    MUMBAI, India—Off-road tire maker Balkrishna Industries is planning to add carbon black production at its tire plant in Bhuj.
  • Sibur increases elastomer volumes in first half (Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:52:05 -0400)
    MOSCOW—Sibur increased its elastomers production volumes by 11.3 percent year-on-year in the first six months of 2017.
  • ARDL names Bonnie Stuck president (Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:21:59 -0400)
    AKRON—Akron Rubber Development Laboratory promoted Bonnie Stuck to the position of president, after former President Jerry Leyden retired June 2.
  • USW, ContiTech reach new contract (Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:16:17 -0400)
    FAIRLAWN, Ohio—United Steelworkers Union members working in four U.S. ContiTech plants have ratified a new five-year contract with the firm.
  • Goodyear promotes Helsel to VP, technology officer (Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:54:21 -0400)
    AKRON—Goodyear promoted Christopher Helsel to vice president and chief technology officer, effective Sept. 1.
  • Arlanxeo facing market challenges in second-half (Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:30:57 -0400)
    COLOGNE, Germany—Arlanxeo, the synthetic rubber joint venture between Lanxess and Saudi Aramco, should deliver some growth over this year as a whole—but it won't be easy.
  • Jobs, supply chain, growth: Why auto is an important part of NAFTA (Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:00:27 -0400)
    TORONTO—The future of Canada's more than one million automotive jobs has emerged as a critical part of what's at stake at the NAFTA renegotiation table in Washington.
  • Column: Just what are TPEs? (Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:49:49 -0400)
    Teknor Apex is addressing one of the great questions of the plastics materials market: What exactly is a thermoplastic elastomer?
  • Conti debuts General Grabber all-terrain LT tire (Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:33:52 -0400)
    FORT MILL, S.C. — Continental Tire the Americas introduced the General Grabber APT, an all-purpose-terrain tire designed specifically for on-road, off-road and snow performance.
  • LSR helps engine compartment housing stand up to high temps (Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:39:08 -0400)
    MUNICH—Cordula Regensburger, a product and technology management specialist at injection molding machinery producer KraussMaffei Technologies, described selection and development of a production cell to mold two-component LSR/glass-fiber-reinforced...
  • U.S. takes hard line as NAFTA talks kick off (Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:30:01 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. government isn't interested in incremental changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement and instead will pursue a major overhaul of the treaty.
  • Trump ends manufacturing jobs council after 8 resign (Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:19:16 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—Roughly 30 minutes after Inge Thulin, 3M's chairman, president and CEO, announced on Twitter that he would step down from the Jobs Manufacturing Initiative, President Trump said he would dissolve the council.
  • China's Hixih to expand car, truck tire capacity (Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:45:11 -0400)
    JINING, China—Hixih Rubber Industry Group is planning to add annual capacity for 12 million passenger tires and 2 million truck/bus tires at its Shenzhou Tyre and Tongli Tire subsidiaries in Jining.
  • Chemical makers criticize U.K. Brexit plan (Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:27:14 -0400)
    LONDON—The United Kingdom government is making the full transition to Brexit "unnecessarily complex," according to the Chemical Industries Association.
  • Goodyear prepares for WeatherReady rollout (Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:42:10 -0400)
    AKRON—Commercial sales of Goodyear's Assurance "WeatherReady" all-season tire line—introduced in January at its national dealer conference—are scheduled to start by the end of August and be widely available by early October.
  • Continental, Kordsa partner on adhesion system development (Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:01:47 -0400)
    HANOVER, Germany—Continental's tire division is partnering with Kordsa to develop a sustainable adhesion system standard for bonding textile reinforcing materials to rubber-based compounds.
  • AAM, AFL-CIO presidents step down from Manufacturing Jobs Initiative (Updated) (Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:41:14 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—Scott Paul, president of the American Alliance for Manufacturing, and Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, resigned from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative Aug. 15. Thea Lee, deputy chief of staff for the AFL-CIO also stepped down.
  • EU to probe Chinese truck, bus tire dumping (Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:39:09 -0400)
    BRUSSELS—The European Commission has started antidumping investigation proceedings concerning imports of new and retreaded truck and bus tires from China.
  • Harvard researchers advance self-healing rubber (Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:49:12 -0400)
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences developed a new type of rubber that is as tough as natural rubber but also can self-heal.
  • Tennessee approves grant for Nokian plant (Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:42:58 -0400)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Tennessee state officials have approved a $28.4 million state infrastructure grant to support the construction of Nokian's $360 million tire factory planned for Dayton, Tenn.
  • Barco opens new Georgia plant (Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:34:43 -0400)
    TALLAPOOSA, Ga.—British American Rubber, a subsidiary of Montague Investments, invested about $10 million to build a specialty rubber compounding facility in Tallapoosa, according to President Mike Cash.
  • Funding leads Fluence Analytics to new phase (Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:56:47 -0400)
    NEW ORLEANS—With a Series A round of funding led by Energy Innovation Capital, Fluence Analytics has set a course for growth.
  • Teknor Apex building new 'hub of innovation' in Europe (Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:42:42 -0400)
    PAWTUCKET, R.I.—Teknor Apex, a custom compounder based in Pawtucket, is expanding the production capacity of its European facility, Plastic-Technologie-Service (PTS).
  • Silcotech is spending $2 million on upgrades to headquarters plant (Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:23:54 -0400)
    BOLTON, Ontario—Silcotech North America is spending close to $2 million to expand its Bolton, Ontario, headquarters plant.
  • Bridgestone names OTR products president (Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:06:33 -0400)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas promoted 15-year company veteran Bridget Neal to president of off-the-road (OTR) products, succeeding Taylor Cole, who recently was named president of Firestone Building Products L.L.C.
  • Decentralized approach works for Singer (Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:28:21 -0400)
    SAN ANTONIO—SBP, parent of rubber goods distributor Singer Equities, has stuck to a decentralized business approach as it has grown significantly, aided by 19 acquisitions made since 1999.
  • Germany to ban rubber seals from drinking water systems (Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:00:41 -0400)
    FRANKFURT, Germany—New regulations being introduced in Germany would stop the use of rubber-based components, including seals, in drinking water systems beginning in 2021.
  • ITEC In Focus opens in five weeks (Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:54:12 -0400)
    AKRON—ITEC In Focus returns Sept. 13-14 with an 18-program schedule that focuses on "Reinforcements for Tire Performance."
  • Phillips Carbon Black expanding plants, considering new facility (Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:06:11 -0400)
    CALCUTTA, India—Phillips Carbon Black is investing $47 million to increase carbon black capacity at its Palej and Mundra facilities in Gujarat, India, by 80,000 metric tons per year before the end of its fiscal 2019.
  • Sealing Solutions unit bolsters Datwyler's first half results (Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:37:40 -0400)
    ALTDORF, Switzerland—Datwyler Group's Sealing Solutions division posted a strong first half that helped to counter difficulties elsewhere in the group.
  • Global silica market projected to grow through 2026 (Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:33:37 -0400)
    VALLEY COTTAGE, N.Y.—Future Market Insights' latest report is optimistic about the state of the global silica market through 2026.
  • Business challenges are unique for LSR molders (Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:53:23 -0400)
    Plante Moran has conducted the North American Plastics Industry Study for more than 20 years. This year, the questionnaire was streamlined to make it easier for completion, while supplemental questionnaires address specific items of interest.
  • ChemSpec adds new lab equipment (Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:17:12 -0400)
    UNIONTOWN, Ohio—ChemSpec developed an exclusive lab that utilizes FTIR equipment for chemical analysis.
  • Q&A: Diverse offerings lead to Toyo's growth (Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:30:00 -0400)
    CYPRESS, Calif.—Roy Bromfield, president, Toyo Tire U.S.A., discusses the firm's business performance so far and expectations for the remainder of 2017.
  • Bridgestone reports gains in sales and income (Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0400)
    TOKYO—Bridgestone reported gains in both sales and income for the first half of 2017.
  • Shin-Etsu reports growth in silicones business (Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:45:00 -0400)
    TOKYO—Shin-Etsu Group posted increased income and sales thanks in part to gains in its silicones business for the first quarter of fiscal 2018.
  • Sustainable mobility needs sustainable rubber supply (Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:30:00 -0400)
    MONTREAL—A sustainable natural rubber supply is key to sustainable mobility, according to a General Motors executive at Movin'On, Michelin's advanced mobility conference.
  • Freudenberg offers new services, material (Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:30:00 -0400)
    WEINHEIM, Germany—Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has unveiled an expanded service and a new polyurethane.
  • U.S. auto industry concerned about worker shortage (Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:30:00 -0400)
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.—The skills and talent shortage toolmakers have worried about for years is growing, and it's hitting more than tooling shops. It's also reaching the point that it is affecting the auto industry's production schedule.
  • Katz sees growth opportunities for polyurethanes (Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:45:00 -0400)
    Linda Katz discusses the potential of polyurethanes in a variety of industries.
  • Orion reports gains in sales thanks to carbon black growth (Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:30:00 -0400)
    LUXEMBOURG—Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. reported significant gains in sales, leading to an increased net income for the second quarter of 2016.
  • Rubber Chemistry & Technology publishes 'Frontiers' issue (Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:39:43 -0400)
    The ACS Rubber Division's Rubber Chemistry & Technology journal published a special "Frontiers" issue to highlight such new technology as cutting-edge research on breakthrough materials, novel approaches to modeling and testing, and new applications in...
  • Nokian's sales, earnings up in first half (Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:38:23 -0400)
    NOKIA, Finland—Second quarter net sales were up 16.5 percent and operating profit was up 21.5 percent for the same period, according to Nokian's latest financial report.
  • Industry veteran John Burkhard dies at 90 (Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:04:26 -0400)
    BRENTWOOD, Tenn.—John R. Burkhard, a more than 40-year veteran of the rubber industry, died July 31 in Brentwood. He was 90.
  • Hankook sales, earnings down in second quarter (Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:21:28 -0400)
    SEOUL, South Korea—Hankook reported a 1.4 percent decrease in sales for the first half of 2017.
  • Sumitomo reports decline in income, raises forecast (Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:17:56 -0400)
    KOBE, Japan—Sumitomo Rubber Industries suffered double-digit drops in net income for the quarter and half-year ended June 30, but is still raising its earnings forecast for the full fiscal year.
  • Cooper Tire completes guayule grant (Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:53:56 -0400)
    FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire and its consortium partners have completed their five-year, $6.9 million Biomass Research and Development Initiative grant on guayule rubber.
  • Zeon takes balanced approach to R&D (Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:10:16 -0400)
    TROY, Mich.—Big innovations usually require big risks, but Mike Recchio's job is to make sure Zeon Chemicals takes the right risks. He shared the firm's approach to research and development during the recent Rubber in Automotive Conference.
  • Lanxess continues growth path in second quarter (Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:44:47 -0400)
    COLOGNE, Germany—Lanxess reported significant gains in sales for the second quarter of 2017.
  • Arsenal Capital Partners acquires Cyalume (Wed, 9 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0400)
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—Arsenal Capital Partners and Cyalume Technologies Holdings signed a definitive agreement to merge.
  • Chemours fluoropolymer segment grows in second quarter (Wed, 9 Aug 2017 11:30:00 -0400)
    WILMINGTON, Del.—Chemours saw sales in its fluoropolymer segment increase by 24 percent in the second quarter.
  • AMI to host new conference in 2017 (Wed, 9 Aug 2017 12:00:00 -0400)
    DUESSELDORF, Germany—Applied Market Information is set to host a new event, Polymers in Footwear 2017, which will be held in Dusseldorf Dec. 11-12.
  • Gov. Christie signs unsafe used-tire bill into law (Wed, 9 Aug 2017 16:12:04 -0400)
    TRENTON, N.J.—New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation that prohibits the sale of unsafe used tires in the Garden State.
  • Graco reports strong first half (Wed, 9 Aug 2017 10:45:00 -0400)
    MINNEAPOLIS—Polyurethane spray equipment manufacturer Graco saw sales in its Industrial Segment rise by 11 percent to $175 million in the second quarter, according to its latest financial report.
  • Bridgestone plans expansion of Indian plants (Wed, 9 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0400)
    PUNE, India—Bridgestone plans to expand capacity at two plants in India during the next five years.
  • Texarkana backing potential Cooper Tire project (Wed, 9 Aug 2017 08:00:00 -0400)
    TEXARKANA, Ark.—The city of Texarkana authorized the issuance of industrial development bonds valued at up to $250 million to be used to support investment by Cooper Tire in its car and light truck tire plant in the Arkansas city.
  • Dunn to retire as Firestone Building Products president (Tue, 8 Aug 2017 10:27:14 -0400)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Firestone Building Products named a successor for President Tim Dunn, who will retire after spending 31 years with Firestone and its parent company.
  • Hyde: Feedstock volatility to continue (Tue, 8 Aug 2017 14:13:12 -0400)
    FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Change will continue to be prevalent among synthetic latex feedstocks, but that doesn't necessarily mean good news for the industry.
  • Aliapur targets cement industry (Tue, 8 Aug 2017 14:00:00 -0400)
    LYON, France—French scrap tire management company Aliapur is launching an international media campaign to promote the use of its tire shreds as an alternative fuel for the cement industry.
  • Faraday to lease former Pirelli plant for first vehicle (Tue, 8 Aug 2017 13:00:00 -0400)
    LOS ANGELES—Struggling electric car startup Faraday Future will use an existing California factory for its first production vehicle, due in 2018.
  • China's General Science targets U.S. (Tue, 8 Aug 2017 12:00:00 -0400)
    WUXI, China—General Science Technology plans to set up a subsidiary in the U.S., pending regulatory approval.
  • Dow, DuPont set closing date for merger (Tue, 8 Aug 2017 10:16:41 -0400)
    MIDLAND, Mich.—Dow and DuPont have set a closing date for their merger of equals.
  • Chemical producers still thriving ahead of Brexit (Tue, 8 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0400)
    LONDON—Sales and export volumes among United Kingdom-based chemicals manufacturers continue to rise, the Chemical Industries Association reported in its latest survey of member companies.
  • ITEC in Focus' early bird deadline Aug. 14 (Mon, 7 Aug 2017 15:34:56 -0400)
    AKRON—Early bird registration ends Aug. 14 for ITEC in Focus, a niche conference offshoot of Rubber & Plastics News' popular ITEC event.
  • Day-of registration available for International Latex Conference (Mon, 7 Aug 2017 15:32:40 -0400)
    AKRON—On-site registration is available for the International Latex Conference, a two-day industry event hosted at the Hilton Akron-Fairlawn.
  • Europe's vehicle sales reach post-crisis high (Mon, 7 Aug 2017 15:49:50 -0400)
    MUNICH—Europe's first half vehicle sales rose by 4.6 percent, defying predictions that the market would be nearly flat, and pushing monthly volumes to the highest level since June 2007, the pre-recession high point.
  • Yokohama Tire, Kaboom partner to upgrade playground (Mon, 7 Aug 2017 14:47:55 -0400)
    SANTA ANA, Calif.—Yokohama Tire and KaBoom are teaming up to build new, eco-friendly playground equipment at Marshall Park in West Point, Miss.
  • ANRPC meeting to discuss supply chain efficiency (Mon, 7 Aug 2017 14:42:56 -0400)
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—The 10th Annual Rubber Conference, organized by the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries, will focus on supply chain efficiency.
  • Kent Elastomer focuses on customer service, relationships (Mon, 7 Aug 2017 14:11:51 -0400)
    KENT, Ohio—Kent Elastomer Products is connecting with customers in a whole new way, through an updated website and new positions focused on customer relations.
  • NR prices remain low despite supply shortfall (Mon, 7 Aug 2017 14:25:32 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—There is a current worldwide natural rubber supply shortfall of about 700,000 metric tons, according to recent reports from the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries.
  • Ansell set to transform globally (Mon, 7 Aug 2017 13:56:16 -0400)
    ISELIN, N.J.—Just a month and a half after it reached a deal to sell its worldwide Sexual Wellness business, Ansell has set in motion an extensive four point transformation program that will impact its entire global operation.
  • Ansell prepares to transition leadership (Mon, 7 Aug 2017 14:00:36 -0400)
    ISELIN, N.J.—Rubber latex glove producer Ansell is preparing for an orderly transition of its leadership team now and in the future.
  • Cooper Tire's earnings down in second quarter (Fri, 4 Aug 2017 11:24:28 -0400)
    FINDLAY, Ohio — Cooper Tire's operating income plunged 31.9 percent for the quarter ended June 30 on the negative effects of higher raw materials costs and lower sales.
  • Under 40 profile: Russ Vogelsong (Fri, 4 Aug 2017 13:53:25 -0400)
    Russ Vogelsong, a senior scientist with Lion Elastomers, leads the development of new products for wire and cable applications, and chairs the Membership Committee of the ACS Rubber Division.
  • PTDA welcomes new members (Fri, 4 Aug 2017 13:45:23 -0400)
    CHICAGO—The Power Transmission Distributors Association welcomed eight new member companies.
  • Douglas Medical named distributor for Melitek (Fri, 4 Aug 2017 13:46:15 -0400)
    CHICAGO—Douglas Medical Products will be the North American distributor of Melitek polymer products with health care industry applications.
  • Apollo sales, income decline in first quarter (Fri, 4 Aug 2017 13:30:07 -0400)
    GURGAON, India–Apollo Tyres reported slight decreases in sales and income for its fiscal first quarter ending June 30.
  • Under 40 profile: Michelle Lane (Fri, 4 Aug 2017 13:19:54 -0400)
    Michelle Lane oversees marketing for one of the largest businesses in the Bridgestone commercial portfolio: truck and bus radials.
  • Cooper Standard reports growth in second quarter 2017 (Fri, 4 Aug 2017 12:59:28 -0400)
    NOVI, Mich.—Cooper Standard reported increases in sales and net income for the second quarter and half year ended June 30.
  • Under 40 profile: Phillip Seib (Fri, 4 Aug 2017 11:19:31 -0400)
    Co-workers say Phillip Seib is relentless in his effort to continually improve and ensure Cooper Tire produces the highest quality products.
  • Titan operating profits, sales up in second quarter (Fri, 4 Aug 2017 09:00:00 -0400)
    QUINCY, Ill.—Titan International reported a 52.6 percent improvement in its second quarter earnings from operations on 10.4 percent higher sales, but was in the red on an operating and net basis for the six months ended June 30.
  • Hexpol co-op program brings strong young talent (Fri, 4 Aug 2017 09:45:00 -0400)
    DYERSBURG, Tenn.—Hexpol Compounding's NAFTA business has taken one step toward bringing more young people into the rubber industry with its wide-ranging cooperative education program.
  • Under 40 profile: Michael Nelson (Fri, 4 Aug 2017 08:30:00 -0400)
    Michael Nelson led internal projects to supply seals for several large oilfield service companies as the only U.S.-based application engineer for Idex's Precision Polymer Engineering subsidiary.
  • Under 40 profile: Asher Dean (Thu, 3 Aug 2017 14:04:05 -0400)
    Through four years with Hanna Rubber, Asher Dean has proven he will put in the extra effort to make sure a customer's order goes out correct and on time.
  • Column: Under 40 class loves their jobs, already making a mark (Thu, 3 Aug 2017 16:17:48 -0400)
    Editor Bruce Meyer enjoyed reading the profiles of the Rubber & Plastics News Under 40 honorees and collected his favorite tidbits in his bi-weekly column.
  • ITC decides in favor of U.S. industry for ESBR (Thu, 3 Aug 2017 15:48:23 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. International Trade Commission determined that the domestic industry was materially injured by imports of emulsion styrene-butadiene rubber from Brazil, South Korea, Mexico and Poland that the U.S.
  • U.S. auto sales fall for 7th straight month (Thu, 3 Aug 2017 14:00:00 -0400)
    DETROIT—U.S. light-vehicle sales dropped 6.9 percent in July, the weakest showing yet in a year that is on track to generate the industry's first decline in volume since the 2008-09 market collapse.
  • Raw materials costs eat into Conti's earnings (Thu, 3 Aug 2017 13:58:32 -0400)
    HANOVER, Germany—Continental suffered slight declines in operating income for the quarter and half-year ended June 30 despite solid sales gains in both reporting periods.
  • Cabot plans U.S. expansion, posts strong third quarter (Thu, 3 Aug 2017 11:04:35 -0400)
    BOSTON—Cabot finished the third quarter of 2017 on a high note, and unveiled plans to expand its fumed silica production by investing in a new U.S. facility.
  • Under 40 profile: Rachel Withers (Thu, 3 Aug 2017 13:25:12 -0400)
    After just four years with Bridgestone Americas, Rachel Withers emerged as a communications leader. Today, she oversees all communications activities for the tire operations.
  • USW, Sumitomo U.S. negotiate wage increase (Thu, 3 Aug 2017 12:14:08 -0400)
    TONAWANDA, N.Y.—Employees under Local 135, the United Steelworkers union that represents Sumitomo Rubber USA in Tonawanda, will receive a wage increase under its tentative agreement with the company.
  • Under 40 profile: Jud Robinson (Thu, 3 Aug 2017 10:58:04 -0400)
    Jud Robinson joined Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi three years ago and has excelled in a variety of responsibilities.
  • Under 40: Capable hands hold rubber industry's future (Thu, 3 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0400)
    Those who are worried the rubber industry doesn't have enough youth to carry the sector's torch forward can rest easy. Based on the 28 members of the Rubber & Plastics News Under 40 class, the future of the industry is in good hands.
  • Chinese board upholds VMI's 'major invention' patent, invalidates some (Thu, 3 Aug 2017 10:10:46 -0400)
    EPE, Netherlands—In a new development in the intellectual property dispute between VMI Group and Chinese rival Safe-Run Group, the Chinese Patent Re-examination Board has upheld some patents for VMI, while invalidating others that were challenged,...
  • Attitudes delay adoption of tire industry technology (Wed, 2 Aug 2017 12:30:00 -0400)
    COLOGNE, Germany—The successful adoption of automation technologies in the tire manufacturing industry will require new attitudes among people at every level—from shopfloor to boardroom.
  • Toyota R&D chief: Rivalry benefits self-driving cars (Wed, 2 Aug 2017 14:00:00 -0400)
    DETROIT—Kiyotaka Ise, Toyota's president of advanced research and development, spoke with Richard Truett, a staff reporter with Automotive News, about the auto maker's progress on self-driving vehicles and how they might be used in Japan.
  • Under 40 profile: Rachel Greenhill (Wed, 2 Aug 2017 13:30:00 -0400)
    Rachel Greenhill's efforts as a junior research scientist have helped TARRC develop a practical solution to address mislabeled planting materials that's ready for implementation.
  • Under 40 profile: Nathan Pike (Wed, 2 Aug 2017 15:30:00 -0400)
    Nathan Pike, vice president/general manager at GCP Industrial Products Ontario, has been praised for his technical knowledge and relationship building in both domestic and foreign manufacturing and sourcing.
  • Sumitomo to build medical rubber parts plant in Slovenia (Wed, 2 Aug 2017 15:15:00 -0400)
    AARGAU, Switzerland—Sumitomo Rubber Industries will establish a new production site in Slovenia to manufacture rubber parts for medical applications.
  • USTMA predicts slight decrease in U.S. tire shipments (Wed, 2 Aug 2017 14:15:00 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association is projecting that 2017 U.S. tire shipments will dip slightly to 318.1 million units, compared with 318.4 million in 2016.
  • Polytek finds ideal merger partner in CMI (Wed, 2 Aug 2017 13:15:00 -0400)
    POMONA, Calif.—Polytek Development could have been looking in a mirror when it found California Medical Innovations. The pair were a natural fit.
  • Under 40 profile: Ben Galizio (Wed, 2 Aug 2017 11:01:54 -0400)
    Ben Galizio's work with Bridgestone Americas has been rewarded. He has 10 published patent applications and was honored with four Bridgestone President's Awards for his efforts to improve tire performance.
  • Science is golden to Firestone Racing's Cara Adams (Wed, 2 Aug 2017 10:35:12 -0400)
    DETROIT—Cara Adams is living her dream as chief engineer for Bridgestone Americas Motorsports. She heads the company's performance tire operation for the Firestone brand in the Verizon IndyCar Series. She's the only female chief engineer in the series.
  • Smithers Rapra breaks ground on lab expansion (Wed, 2 Aug 2017 10:09:45 -0400)
    RAVENNA, Ohio—Smithers Rapra will expand the range of tires it can assess with a new test system, installed as part of a new expansion at the Smithers Tire and Wheel Test Center in Ravenna.
  • Asahi Kasei to add SSBR capacity in Singapore (Tue, 1 Aug 2017 17:00:46 -0400)
    SINGAPORE—Asahi Kasei is increasing the production capacity for solution-polymerized styrene-butadiene rubber at its Jurong Island, Singapore, plant.
  • Under 40 profile: Josh Guilliams (Tue, 1 Aug 2017 13:20:47 -0400)
    As a technical director with Polymer Valley Chemicals, Josh Guilliams has developed new products and has two pending patents.
  • Continental, Magna help Michigan, Canada unite in research (Tue, 1 Aug 2017 14:37:22 -0400)
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.—U.S. autonomous vehicle testing went international when a Cadillac ATS and a Chrysler 300 made a 300-mile trip across U.S. and Canadian roads without a driver touching the steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedal.
  • Under 40 profile: Adam Barfoot (Tue, 1 Aug 2017 17:03:20 -0400)
    Adam Barfoot is one of the five original employees appointed to Bridgestone Americas' Aiken, S.C., OTR tire manufacturing plant. Today, he is leading the South Carolina operation.
  • Heating, cooling needs changing with autonomous vehicles (Tue, 1 Aug 2017 15:51:10 -0400)
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.—Autonomous vehicles will shake up the supplier segment and create opportunities in how vehicles are heated and cooled.
  • Evonik expanding fumed silica capacity in Antwerp (Tue, 1 Aug 2017 17:02:32 -0400)
    ESSEN, Germany—Evonik is expanding its production capacity for fumed silica at its Antwerp, Belgium, plant, but did not specify what impact the expansion would have on production.
  • Under 40 profile: Natalie Weingart (Tue, 1 Aug 2017 17:01:43 -0400)
    Natalie Weingart, section manager of raw materials for Bridgestone Americas, has received multiple patents and has had her work published on multiple occasions throughout her career and in grad school.
  • Maroon appoints president to head combined business (Tue, 1 Aug 2017 17:01:35 -0400)
    DARIEN, Conn.—John Wilson assumed the role of president of Maroon Group's combined U.S. Chemicals/Cadence Chemicals business on July 1.
  • Under 40 profile: Jose Elias (Tue, 1 Aug 2017 15:07:11 -0400)
    Jose Elias has helped R.D. Abbott develop clean grades of rubber compounds for pharmaceutical and medical device applications, furthering the use of rubber into health care markets.
  • Kordsa eyes growth in U.S. market (Tue, 1 Aug 2017 14:51:24 -0400)
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—Kordsa looks to maintain its leadership position in the U.S. market and believes its acquisition of a Chattanooga production facility will help achieve that goal.
  • Yokohama to raise truck, OTR tire prices (Tue, 1 Aug 2017 13:19:52 -0400)
    SANTA ANA, Calif.—Yokohama Tire will raise prices of commercial and OTR tires sold in the U.S., beginning Sept. 1.
  • Denso to expand North American headquarters (Tue, 1 Aug 2017 13:00:00 -0400)
    SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—Denso plans to invest $75 million by 2021 to expand its North American headquarters in suburban Detroit.
  • API deal opens opportunities for Trinseo (Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:11:56 -0400)
    MUSSOLENTE, Italy—Trinseo's acquisition of API Applicazioni Plastiche Industriali presents exciting opportunities for Trinseo, according to one of its top executives.
  • Republicans abandon Border Adjustment Tax proposal (Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:37:19 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—The Border Adjustment Tax, a Trump administration proposal to tax imported goods as a budget-balancing measure, is dead.
  • Under 40 profile: Dalton Hart (Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:55:45 -0400)
    Dalton Hart, a senior project engineer with Desma USA, has been rising quickly within the firm and has been described as an integral part of the company.
  • India imposes anti-dumping duties against EU, S. Korea and Thai SBR (Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:45:45 -0400)
    DELHI, India—The Indian government has imposed anti-dumping duties against SBR imported from Europe, South Korea and Thailand.
  • Under 40 profile: Drew Dayton (Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:21:39 -0400)
    As a product manager, Drew Dayton has utilized his development experience to help expand new categories throughout Toyo Tires' consumer product line.
  • IRSG welcomes new NR manufacturer (Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:59:15 -0400)
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Von Bundit is the newest associate member of the International Rubber Study Group.
  • Under 40 profile: Bart Hubenak (Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:37:15 -0400)
    Bart Hubenak recently joined Ryco North America as a marketing specialist.
  • Trelleborg pushes price increase (Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:29:30 -0400)
    TRELLEBORG, Sweden—Trelleborg will increase prices on agricultural, forestry, industrial and construction pneumatic tires in North America.
  • USW reaches tentative labor pacts with three tire makers (Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:00:00 -0400)
    AKRON—The United Steelworkers union has reached tentative new five-year master labor contracts with Goodyear, Bridgestone and Sumitomo.
  • Sales increase for Dow in second quarter (Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:44:13 -0400)
    MIDLAND, Mich.—Dow Chemical reported a 16 percent increase in sales, despite a decline in net income.
  • Under 40 profile: Zac Walters (Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:16:16 -0400)
    Zac Walters has played a key role in Cooper Tire's Biomaterial Research Development Initiative grant, a project to study the potential use of guayule to replace Hevea natural rubber in tires.
  • Michelin reports higher sales, income (Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:14:28 -0400)
    CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—Michelin reported increased net income and sales for the first half of 2017.
  • Tenneco expands Clevite's testing capabilities (Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:23:55 -0400)
    MILAN, Ohio—Tenneco is investing in material testing software to improve speed and accuracy in finding the right product for an application.
  • Under 40 profile: Erin Edminister (Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:58:17 -0400)
    During her time with BKT Tires, Erin Edminister has enhanced the company's marketing efforts in the U.S., both by building on established programs and looking for new opportunities.
  • Alttran to expand compound development lab (Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:55:39 -0400)
    HUDSON, Ohio—Alttran, a specialty elastomer compounding and development company, plans to expand its compound development and QC laboratory with new MonTech testing equipment that will be installed in October.
  • Goodyear earnings fall on lower sales (Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:38:58 -0400)
    AKRON—Goodyear's operating income fell 32 and 21.3 percent for the quarter and six months ended June 30 due to the negative effects of higher raw materials costs and lower unit volumes.
  • Under 40 profile: Felipe Escamilla (Fri, 28 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0400)
    Felipe Escamilla's work with R.D. Abbott has been pivotal in expanding the company's knowledge base of rubber's rheological behavior.
  • Trinseo reports higher earnings, environmental improvements (Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:59:23 -0400)
    BERWYN, Pa.—Plastics, latex and synthetic rubber manufacturer Trinseo reported both stronger earnings and major reductions in its environmental footprint in the 2017 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Report.
  • Orion raising prices in U.S., idling production line (Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:39:52 -0400)
    KINGWOOD, Texas—Orion Engineered Carbons will increase the price of carbon black sold in the U.S., but the firm said that won't be enough to maintain all of its current production lines.
  • ARPM honors 8 companies for safety (Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:06:15 -0400)
    COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers named the winners of its 2017 Safety Awards at its Environmental Health and Safety Summit.
  • SaarGummi partners with AIA (Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:41:50 -0400)
    REMICH, Luxembourg—SaarGummi has reached a technical agreement with South Korea-based AIA that will generate high synergies for both companies.
  • Under 40 profile: Jose Gonzalez (Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:51:33 -0400)
    Jose Gonzalez has helped to improve rubber substrate bonding by applying his knowledge of adhesion chemistry. He also has co-authored several papers through the ACS Rubber Division.
  • Under 40 profile: Loudan Hammersmith (Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:52:30 -0400)
    Loudan Hammersmith, a regional sales manager with BKT Tires, has established himself as a leader by taking ownership of new sales roles and learning new market segments.
  • Continental among South Carolina's 'Best Places to Work' (Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:52:37 -0400)
    FORT MILL, S.C.—Continental Tire the Americas was named to SC Biz News' list of "Best Places to Work in South Carolina" for the fourth time.
  • Under 40 profile: Zack Beier (Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:50:29 -0400)
    During his time with Q Holding, Zack Beier has helped the firm maintain a steady supply of raw materials to sustain strong growth.
  • Under 40 profile: Cody Hughes (Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:00:00 -0400)
    Throughout his four years with Hanna Rubber, Cody Hughes has proven that he will go the extra mile for his customers.
  • PolyOne covers recent deals, results on earnings call (Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:51:32 -0400)
    AVON LAKE, Ohio—PolyOne had a full agenda for its second-quarter earnings call as officials covered a pair of recent acquisitions, as well as a recent sale and some personnel moves.
  • Mold release specialist Stoner Molding Solutions turns 75 (Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0400)
    QUARRYVILLE, Pa.—Stoner Molding Solutions is celebrating 75 years in business.
  • Dow Corning receives Bosch global supplier award (Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:15:00 -0400)
    AUBURN, Mich.—Dow Corning was one of 44 companies to receive the Global Supplier Award from the Bosch Group this year.
  • Tekni-Plex expands in Asia, U.S. (Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:00:00 -0400)
    SUZHOU, China—Tekni-Plex is expanding its global footprint and product offerings through two of its subsidiaries.
  • Dunleary acquires D. N. Lukens and D&F Distributing (Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:15:00 -0400)
    BALTIMORE—Dunleary, a regional specialty chemical distribution company, acquired D. N. Lukens and D&F Distributing with a closing date set for the end of August, subject to due diligence.
  • Under 40 profile: Alexandra Krawicz (Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:11:09 -0400)
    After two years of research, Alexandra Krawicz is preparing to submit her first patent in the U.S. for a new resin technology she developed for the rubber industry.
  • Saint-Gobain acquires TekBond (Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:59:02 -0400)
    SAO PAULO—Saint-Gobain is expanding in the Brazilian adhesives market with the acquisition of TekBond.
  • Nexen tires earn IDEA nods (Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:27:32 -0400)
    SEOUL, South Korea—Two of Nexen's tire designs have earned International Design Excellence Awards recognition for engineering and innovation.
  • Yokohama expands partnership with Chelsea FC (Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:49:24 -0400)
    LONDON—Yokohama Rubber has expanded its jersey sponsorship agreement with Chelsea FC, reaching a deal that will add the recently launched Alliance Tyres brand logo to the team's uniform sleeve.
  • Under 40 profile: Casey Hedlund (Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:33:49 -0400)
    Casey Hedlund, a senior scientist at Lord, has been instrumental in using her experience to help others transition into new roles with the firm. She also is a recipient of a 2017 STEP Award.
  • Under 40 profile: Erick Sharp (Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:40:41 -0400)
    Erick Sharp, who launched Ace Products and Consulting in 2015, was hailed by multiple nominees for his business acumen and technical expertise in the rubber/silicone industry.
  • PU demand leads to strong quarter for Covestro (Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:25:39 -0400)
    LEVERKUSEN, Germany—Covestro reported an increase in both earnings and sales for the second quarter of 2017 thanks to increasing demand for polymer materials.
  • Expansions enhance Cooper Standard's global capabilities (Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:07:32 -0400)
    NOVI, Mich.—Cooper Standard is drastically increasing its global technical capabilities and North American manufacturing presence with a variety of moves.
  • Fenner divests sales branches in South Africa (Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:23:22 -0400)
    LONDON—Fenner is reorganizing its conveyor belt distribution system in Africa, and will sell its Engineered Conveyor Solutions service operations and related assets in South Africa as a result of those efforts.
  • Under 40 profile: Brandon Robards (Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:00:01 -0400)
    As the senior executive of Ace Extrusion, Brandon Robards has helped the company expand its production footprint during the last five years.
  • Under 40: Rubber industry full of young, promising talent (Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:47:48 -0400)
    There's no denying that the rubber industry needs to attract more young, qualified people. But look closely and you'll find plenty already embracing what it has to offer.
  • Suppliers still wary of border tax (Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:53:57 -0400)
    WASHINGTON—The border adjustment tax advocated by some Republican lawmakers has lost a lot of steam since it was floated last summer, with major industries such as automotive and retailing that heavily rely on imports pressing law makers to scuttle the...
  • Smithers Rapra predicts steady OTR tire market growth (Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:15:00 -0400)
    LEATHERHEAD, England—The global market for off-the-road tires will enjoy a five-year compound annual growth rate of 4 percent by volume and 5.2 percent by value, according to a new report from Smithers Rapra.
  • 3 reasons to attend the International Latex Conference (Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:00:00 -0400)
    AKRON—There are plenty of reasons you won't want to miss the bi-annual International Latex Conference. Here's a look at just three of them.
  • Ansell launches transformation plan following business divestment (Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:30:00 -0400)
    SYDNEY—Ansell is implementing a four-point transformation program following the agreed divestment of its Sexual Health business in May.
  • Double Coin's Thai plant on stream (Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:15:48 -0400)
    RAYONG, Thailand—Double Coin's parent has completed construction of its $285 million tire plant in Rayong and begun ramping up production of truck, bus, industrial and off-the-road tires.
  • Conti to test driverless vehicle this year (Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:45:45 -0400)
    HANOVER, Germany—Continental has advanced its driverless vehicle technology with the development of a demo vehicle it calls CUbE.
  • Acquisition adds to MedPlast's assembly operations (Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:41:10 -0400)
    TEMPE, Ariz.—Medical molder and contract manufacturer MedPlast has expanded its assembly resources with the acquisition of Coastal Life Technologies.