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  • U.S. Department of Commerce proposes stiff tariffs on steel imports (Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:15:06 -0500)
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Commerce is recommending stiff tariffs on steel imports into the U.S., encouraging representatives of the domestic steel industry but alarming U.S. tire manufacturers dependent on imported tire-grade steel cord.
  • GM shows progress in efforts to promote sustainable rubber (Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:26:46 -0500)
    WASHINGTON—In May 2017, General Motors unveiled a program to promote environmentally sound, sustainable rubber production.
  • Sumitomo Rubber Industries' sales up, operating income down in fiscal 2017 (Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:25:43 -0500)
    KOBE, Japan—Sumitomo Rubber Industries reported a drop in operating income for fiscal 2017 despite higher sales, as gains in pricing and volume/mix weren't enough to offset higher raw materials-related costs.
  • Toyo name change reflects mobility emphasis (Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:02:34 -0500)
    HYOGO, Japan—Toyo Tire & Rubber is changing its name to Toyo Tire Corp. to reflect the company's increasing emphasis on "mobility" at its core field of business.
  • Acquisition of A. Schulman doubles LyondellBasell's annual sales, capacities (Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:22:12 -0500)
    FAIRLAWN, Ohio—LyondellBasell Industries is acquiring A. Schulman in a $2.25 billion deal that adds Schulman's $2.5 billion in annual sales, 54 manufacturing sites and 2.
  • U.S. demand for high-performance tires continues to rise (Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:42:31 -0500)
    AKRON—Demand for high-performance tires in the U.S. increased in 2017 for the eighth straight year, according to latest U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association data.
  • Kraton increases capacity for Sylvatraxx (Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:37:42 -0500)
    HOUSTON—Kraton will increase operational capacity of Sylvatraxx tread enhancement additives to meet growing demand in the tire industry.
  • Natural Rubber producers bet on export cutbacks to help prices rebound (Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:00:00 -0500)
    BANGKOK—In the latest of several historical attempts to shore up low natural rubber prices, the three largest NR-producing countries have agreed to cut back rubber exports by 350,000 metric tons in the first three months of 2018.
  • A 'crown jewel' LSR class is in session (Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0500)
    ANAHEIM, Calif.—The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee took its silicone elastomer course on the road again to Anaheim, letting newbies in the plastics industry earn credits toward certification and others collaborate with experts.
  • Cooper Standard reports strong 2017 (Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:08:44 -0500)
    NOVI, Mich.—Cooper Standard classified 2017 as a record year after disclosing gains in sales and adjusted net income.
  • Goodyear ad featuring Dale Earnhardt Jr. to debut during Daytona 500 (Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:15:00 -0500)
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Goodyear will debut a television commercial during Fox Broadcasting's coverage of the 2018 Daytona 500 that is aimed at reaching die-hard NASCAR fans and sports fans in general.
  • Editorial: GM sustainable NR efforts off to impressive start (Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:30:00 -0500)
    While it's been less than a year since General Motors pledged to support sustainable rubber production, it's clear that the auto maker has made progress in this laudable goal.
  • NHS deal would help Vystar's growth (Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:00:00 -0500)
    WORCESTER, Mass.—Vystar's letter of intent to acquire NHS Holdings is the first step in Vystar's plans for growth, according to Steve Rotman, founder of NHS and new CEO of Vystar.
  • Mervin Vater, co-founder of Proco, dies at 75 (Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:50:55 -0500)
    STOCKTON, Calif.—Mervin M. Vater, one of the founders of Proco Products, died Feb. 4 after a three-year battle with gliblastoma. He was 75.
  • LyondellBasell buying A. Schulman for $2.25 billion in big materials shakeup (Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:21:37 -0500)
    HOUSTON—In a major global plastics materials deal, LyondellBasell Industries is acquiring A. Schulman for $2.25 billion.
  • Amerityre in the red for second quarter, six months (Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:55:55 -0500)
    BOULDER CITY, Nev.—Polyurethane tire producer Amerityre was in the red for the quarter and six months ended Dec. 31 despite slight increases in gross profit in both periods.
  • Toyo fiscal 2017 operating income down, sales up (Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:41:36 -0500)
    HYOGO, Japan—Toyo Tire & Rubber's fiscal 2017 operating income fell 8.1 percent from 2016 on 6.1 percent higher sales, as higher raw materials-related costs overshadowed gains in sales/mix and currency exchange rates.
  • New Products: Thermo Fisher Scientific rolls out surface analysis system (Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:32:21 -0500)
    EAST GRINSTEAD, England—Thermo Fisher Scientific recently released its Nexsa surface analysis system, which it claims provides cost-effective support to research-level X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies.
  • Dana Inc.'s sales rise, net income drops in 2017 (Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:15:00 -0500)
    MAUMEE, Ohio—Dana saw strong gains in sales despite a drop in net income for 2017.
  • Michelin reports growth amid reorganization, high materials costs (Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:35:28 -0500)
    CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—Michelin reported a slight rise in operating income on 5 percent higher sales, amid currency and raw materials headwinds as well as the launch of a major reorganization.
  • Wacky World of Rubber: 'Why didn't I think of that?' (Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:30:00 -0500)
    I'm dedicating this installment of Wacky World of Rubber to all of those who have said, "Why didn't I think of that?" This is the success story of a family-owned company named Squatty Potty, which has gained a cult-like following for its signature...
  • Tenneco earnings, revenue rise in fourth quarter (Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:00:00 -0500)
    CHICAGO—Ride-control and emissions control systems supplier Tenneco said its adjusted net income for the fourth quarter increased 7.8 percent to $97 million, powered by strong growth in the commercial truck and off-highway business.
  • Pelham creates fix to medical marker problem (Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:45:00 -0500)
    ANAHEIM, Calif.—Custom injection molder and assembler Pelham Plastics resolved a customer's production problem in 2015. The need was to prevent marker bands from moving on a medical catheter shaft.
  • Cooper Standard's Susan Kampe honored (Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:28:09 -0500)
    NOVI, Mich.—Susan Kampe, chief information officer and vice president of information technology at Cooper Standard, was named among Crain's Detroit Business' Notable Women in Manufacturing.
  • Unique Fabricating closing second facility (Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:18:02 -0500)
    AUBURN HILLS, Mich.—As part of its goal to streamline operations and position the company for growth, Unique Fabricating said it would close its Fort Smith, Ark. manufacturing facility in June.
  • Column: What if the bets are wrong? (Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0500)
    They all must know a lot more than I do. Huge auto companies around the world are betting billions—with a "B"—on the idea that customers all over the globe are just waiting for the chance to buy vehicles powered by electricity.
  • Prometeon revamps global structure, executive team (Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:13:01 -0500)
    MILAN—Prometeon Tyre Group, the global business comprising Pirelli's former commercial tire business assets, has made several key executive appointments, including the promotion of Chief Operating Officer Murilo Fonseca to CEO of the company's...
  • RD Abbott printer helps cut the prototyping process (Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:17:39 -0500)
    CERRITOS, Calif.—R.D. Abbott is looking to help spread the word in North America about the liquid silicone rubber 3D printing technology developed by RepRap and Dow Performance Silicones.
  • PolyOne adds TPE capacity in India (Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:59:52 -0500)
    GANDHINAGAR, India—PolyOne is adding production of thermoplastic elastomers to its existing factory in Pune, India.
  • Bridgestone, Versalis form strategic partnership (Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:08:16 -0500)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.
  • EU starts registering Chinese truck/bus tire imports (Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:21:32 -0500)
    BRUSSELS—As a prelude to possible antidumping action, the European Commission has begun registering new and retreaded truck and bus tires imported to the European Union from China.
  • Robinson's partnership with Swan paying off (Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:12:34 -0500)
    CLEVELAND—It's been a year since Robinson Brothers appointed Swan Chemical as its exclusive distributor for the firm's Robac-brand technology in the U.S. and Canada, and thus far both parties say the arrangement is working well.
  • New Products: Elkem Silicones expands range of tire-release agents (Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:57:26 -0500)
    OSLO, Norway—Elkem Silicones released the newest additions to its tire-release agents range, Lyndcoat BR2105 and Lyndcoat BR2205.
  • Michelin vindicated in Texas product liability case (Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:26:35 -0500)
    WEATHERFORD, Texas—A jury in a Weatherford district court found unanimously that Michelin North America is blameless in a product liability lawsuit involving the failure of a BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/A tire.
  • ContiTech's Phoenix unit set to grow in 2018 (Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0500)
    HAMBURG, Germany—Phoenix Conveyor Belt Systems expects to continue to grow after increasing demand across the mining industry in 2017, according to Bret Hall, head of Phoenix and NBS Service-NAFTA.
  • Yokohama agrees to revamped deal with FIA (Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:00:00 -0500)
    PARIS—The Federation International de l'Automobile has confirmed an expanded role for Yokohama as the designated race tire supplier for the revamped World Touring Car Cup and associated racing series for the next two seasons.
  • Curbell Plastics relocates Ohio facility (Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:00:00 -0500)
    TWINSBURG, Ohio—Curbell Plastics Inc. has moved its Twinsburg location to a new, larger facility.
  • GW Plastics invests millions at Vermont facility (Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:00:00 -0500)
    ANAHEIM, Calif.—Contract manufacturer GW Plastics Inc. has invested more than $2 million in the last year at its Royalton, Vt., mold building facility.
  • Export curbs fail to lift natural rubber prices (Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:15:00 -0500)
    LONDON—Moves to curb natural rubber exports by the main producing countries seem to have had little positive impact on prices for the commodity, so far at least.
  • Hexpol marks 'best year ever' (Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:00:00 -0500)
    MALMO, Sweden — Hexpol has posted what it claims is its best year so far in terms of financial results.
  • ACA targets emerging automotive technologies (Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:00:00 -0500)
    BETHESDA, Md.—The Auto Care Association had a big year in 2017, and 2018 promises to be at least as big, according to President and CEO Bill Hanvey.
  • Datwyler posts higher sales, record profit (Fri, 9 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0500)
    ALTDORF, Switzerland—Datwyler Group has posted an 11.3 percent year-on-year rise in operating profit (EBIT) to $173.6 million in 2017, on net revenues 6.2 percent higher at $1.38 billion.
  • Florent Menegaux to succeed Jean-Dominique Senard as Michelin CEO (Fri, 9 Feb 2018 16:41:41 -0500)
    CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—Michelin's board of directors is recommending Florent Menegaux, senior executive vice president and chief operating officer, to succeed Jean-Dominique Senard as CEO once Senard's term expires in 2019.
  • Hankook eyes continued sales growth, profits rebound in 2018 (Fri, 9 Feb 2018 16:15:00 -0500)
    SEOUL, South Korea—Hankook's management expects profits to rebound in 2018 as the company focuses on increasing its sales of higher value-added products and diversifying its OE portfolio.
  • Indo Kordsa awarded for fast growth (Fri, 9 Feb 2018 14:47:31 -0500)
    ISTANBUL—Indo Kordsa, a Sabanci Holding subsidiary, again was named among the top 100 companies recording the fastest growth in the last five years by Infobank, one of Indonesia's economics magazines.
  • Davis-Standard upgrades flagship extruder (Fri, 9 Feb 2018 14:39:19 -0500)
    PAWCATUCK, Conn.
  • Arlanxeo to supply Saudi-made EPDM rubber (Fri, 9 Feb 2018 12:44:58 -0500)
    MAASTRICHT, Netherlands—Arlanxeo is to supply EPDM rubber made at a petrochemicals site in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Lord develops film adhesive for linings market (Fri, 9 Feb 2018 11:50:39 -0500)
    CLEVELAND—Lord is looking to commercialize a film adhesive technology this year it said will be a big advancement for the tank and pipe rubber lining market.
  • ASTM seeks input on recovered carbon black standards (Fri, 9 Feb 2018 11:44:38 -0500)
    WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.—ASTM International members from its committee on recovered carbon black announced new standards and are seeking input on those and related efforts.
  • Sales up at Omnova in 2017 amid overall loss (Fri, 9 Feb 2018 10:54:27 -0500)
    BEACHWOOD, Ohio—Materials firm Omnova Solutions posted higher sales in its 2017 fiscal year, even as it posted an overall loss.
  • Firestone Industrial Products named corporate member of CLEPA (Thu, 8 Feb 2018 16:00:45 -0500)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Firestone Industrial Products has been named a corporate member of CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers.
  • Cooper to open warehouse near Memphis (Thu, 8 Feb 2018 12:04:58 -0500)
    BYHALIA, Miss.—Cooper Tire & Rubber plans to open a 1 million-sq.-ft. warehouse distribution center in Byhalia this fall to enhance its logistics infrastructure.
  • Goodyear suffers double-digit earnings drops, Q4 net loss (Thu, 8 Feb 2018 10:42:15 -0500)
    AKRON—Goodyear suffered double-digit drops in segment operating income for the quarter and fiscal year ended Dec. 31 and reported a tax-reform-related net loss for the quarter.
  • Walmart honors Giti with U.S. Manufacturing Award (Thu, 8 Feb 2018 16:00:00 -0500)
    BENTONVILLE, Ark.—Walmart has honored Giti with a U.S. Manufacturing Award that recognizes offshore suppliers that have initiated production in the U.S. of goods sold by the Bentonville-based retailer.
  • Toyoda Gosei and Nippon Kayaku form capital alliance (Thu, 8 Feb 2018 14:33:22 -0500)
    KIYOSU, Japan—Toyoda Gosei and Nippon Kayaku agreed to a capital alliance for greater cooperation in their airbag business.
  • New Products: Coperion offers new twin screw extruder (Thu, 8 Feb 2018 12:22:35 -0500)
    STUTTGART, Germany—Coperion has introduced its ZSK Mv PLUS twin screw extruder in what it claims is a reliable, best-practice design.
  • Mixing medicine with materials (Thu, 8 Feb 2018 11:18:58 -0500)
    ANAHEIM, Calif.—Companies demonstrated how active pharmaceutical ingredients can be added in extruding polymers at the UBM Advanced Manufacturing Expo.
  • Cooper signs TBR off-take manufacturing deal with Sailun Vietnam (Thu, 8 Feb 2018 10:28:03 -0500)
    FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire & Rubber has struck an off-take production deal with Sailun Vietnam for the production of radial truck and bus tires, giving Cooper a third source for truck tires it sells under the Roadmaster, Dean and Starfire brands.
  • Kuraray releases rubber for winter tire use (Wed, 7 Feb 2018 17:07:26 -0500)
    KASHIMA, Japan—Kuraray is broadening its approach with its liquid farnesene rubber line after several years of working with specific customers.
  • Environmental group praises Bridgestone's zero deforestation policy (Wed, 7 Feb 2018 13:47:05 -0500)
    WASHINGTON—Mighty Earth, an environmental group devoted to protecting rain forests and other endangered landscapes, is praising Bridgestone for the zero deforestation portion of its recently announced Global Sustainability Procurement Policy.
  • Oil, gas, metals markets expecting continued growth in 2018 (Wed, 7 Feb 2018 14:13:21 -0500)
    Things are looking up for the mining industry as demand for oil, gas and some minerals is expected to continue on a positive trend this year after making gains last year.
  • Wacky World of Rubber: Coffee to go (Wed, 7 Feb 2018 08:00:00 -0500)
    I have a 4-year-old and a full-time job. Every morning is jumbo coffee morning.
  • Haartz establishes joint venture in China (Wed, 7 Feb 2018 14:04:53 -0500)
    CHUNXIAO, China—Haartz recently opened its joint venture with Minth Group, Haartz Minth (Ningbo) Automotive, and is preparing to service the local automotive market with thermoplastic olefin foils.
  • Vogue Tyre recalls 1,203 tires for incomplete TINs (Wed, 7 Feb 2018 10:51:08 -0500)
    WASHINGTON—Vogue Tyre and Rubber has recalled 1,203 Signature V radial light vehicle tires manufactured in 2017 because their tire identification numbers have missing production date codes.
  • New Products: Flexicon introduces TIP-TITE Drum Dumper (Tue, 6 Feb 2018 15:13:14 -0500)
    BETHLEHEM, Pa.—Flexicon recently unveiled its new TIP-TITE Drum Dumper for 30- to 55-gallon drums.
  • Mitsuteru Tanigawa appointed CEO of Falken Tyre Europe (Tue, 6 Feb 2018 16:39:53 -0500)
    OFFENBACH, Germany—Mitsuteru Tanigawa has been appointed CEO of Falken Tyre Europe, replacing Masatsugu Nishino, who has moved to head up Sumitomo Rubber Industries' manufacturing facility in Turkey.
  • Q&A: Under the hood with Zeon (Tue, 6 Feb 2018 17:09:51 -0500)
    Bjorn Nelson, technical service manager at Zeon Europe, discusses current developments in the automotive sealing products market and the company's priorities for the year ahead.
  • Single-family housing, infrastructure may be boons for construction industry (Tue, 6 Feb 2018 16:27:24 -0500)
    The construction industry should see moderate growth in 2018, but various factors—such as whether an infrastructure funding bill will pass Congress this year—are still unclear.
  • Unique Fabricating to close Michigan factory (Tue, 6 Feb 2018 15:09:50 -0500)
    PORT HURON, Mich.—Unique Fabricating plans to close its Port Huron facility in March as part of an effort to streamline operations, improve efficiency and position the company for further growth.
  • Report: More mold makers plan to hire in 2018 (Tue, 6 Feb 2018 11:14:17 -0500)
    Three-fourths of U.S. mold makers plan to hire in the next 12 months, and they are looking most for technically skilled people—and especially young ones—according to the American Mold Builders Association's Wage and Benefits Report.
  • Yokohama expanding car tire capacity at Indian plant (Tue, 6 Feb 2018 10:15:00 -0500)
    HARYANA, India—Yokohama is planning to double annual capacity for passenger tires at its Yokohama India subsidiary over the coming 18 to 20 months with a $60 million investment.
  • Continental unveils first summer UHP, updated all-terrain tires (Tue, 6 Feb 2018 09:14:38 -0500)
    NEW ORLEANS—Continental Tire the Americas has introduced two General-brand tires for two kinds of driving enthusiasts—its first summer ultra-high performance tire, the G-Max RS, and a next generation, all-terrain tire, the Grabber A/TX, replacing the...
  • Strength of English pound impacting Avon Rubber results (Mon, 5 Feb 2018 15:02:03 -0500)
    MELKSHAM, England—Avon Rubber has warned that the continued strength of English pound against the dollar will impact its results for the current financial year.
  • Huntsman Corp. founder Jon Huntsman Sr. dies (Mon, 5 Feb 2018 10:50:57 -0500)
    SALT LAKE CITY—The plastics industry lost a legend on Feb. 2 when Jon M. Huntsman, founder and chairman emeritus of Huntsman Corp., died. He was 80 years old.
  • Henkel launches rubber adhesive for intelligent tires (Mon, 5 Feb 2018 17:23:48 -0500)
    DUESSELDORF, Germany—Henkel Adhesive Technologies has launched the latest in its series of Loctite rubber adhesives, dubbed Loctite SI 5930 FIT, for in-tire bonding applications.
  • Clemson tire conference agenda taking shape (Mon, 5 Feb 2018 16:54:03 -0500)
    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.—The Clemson University Center for Corporate Learning has released a partial agenda for the Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference, scheduled for the Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head April 18-20.
  • Bridgestone adopting global sustainable procurement policy (Mon, 5 Feb 2018 17:00:00 -0500)
    TOKYO—Bridgestone has unveiled a new Global Sustainable Procurement Policy applicable to all of the tire maker's purchased materials and services, as well as to all suppliers globally.
  • EnergyEne looks for investment, expansion (Mon, 5 Feb 2018 15:38:02 -0500)
    WOOSTER, Ohio—EnergyEne is getting hands-on in the development of guayule as an alternative to natural rubber with a radiation attenuation glove that doesn't trigger latex allergies and has better polymer-filler interaction.
  • Farmers, suppliers 'hopeful' for agricultural market growth in 2018 (Mon, 5 Feb 2018 11:04:06 -0500)
    Farmers in the U.S. have been struggling the past few years with low commodity prices and this year may be no different, but they and their equipment suppliers are banking on a slight upturn.
  • Trelleborg to showcase silicone products, medical device solutions at MD&M West (Fri, 2 Feb 2018 15:15:00 -0500)
    FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Trelleborg Sealing Solutions will highlight its silicone processing and medical device solutions during MD&M West, planned for Feb. 6-8 in Anaheim, Calif.
  • OSHA fines Goodyear $69,000 for alleged safety violations in Georgia (Fri, 2 Feb 2018 17:51:04 -0500)
    SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga.—Goodyear said it is following its standard administrative process in addressing citations from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration alleging safety violations at its facility in Social Circle.
  • U.S. light vehicle sales increase in January (Fri, 2 Feb 2018 10:15:00 -0500)
    DETROIT—U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 1.2 percent in January with higher incentives and light-truck demand luring consumers even as severe cold temperatures across large swaths of the country put a chill in some showroom traffic.
  • Covestro expects higher TPU use in car cockpit of the future (Fri, 2 Feb 2018 16:07:17 -0500)
    LEVERKUSEN, Germany—Trends such as autonomous driving and connected mobility will offer significant opportunities for the use of thermoplastic polyurethane films in cars of the future, according to Covestro.
  • Trelleborg posts record earnings in 2017 (Fri, 2 Feb 2018 16:25:07 -0500)
    TRELLEBORG, Sweden—Trelleborg posted double-digit gains in pre-tax operating income and sales for fiscal 2017, and management is confident the firm can continue to make gains in both.
  • Orion raises specialty carbon black prices (Fri, 2 Feb 2018 16:21:05 -0500)
    LUXEMBOURG—Orion Engineered Carbons has implemented price increases on all specialty carbon black products globally.
  • Alliance Rubber petitions ITC for relief against rubber band imports from Asia (Fri, 2 Feb 2018 13:16:03 -0500)
    WASHINGTON—Alliance Rubber, the Hot Springs, Ark.-based producer of rubber bands, has petitioned the International Trade Commission for relief against rubber band imports from China, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
  • New Products: SSP offers nickel-graphite shielding silicone (Fri, 2 Feb 2018 11:40:26 -0500)
    BALLSTON SPA, N.Y.—Specialty Silicone Products is offering a 60-durometer, nickel-graphite shielding silicone that the company claims meets the flammability requirements of UL 94 V-0, a flame-testing standard from Underwriters Laboratories.
  • Trelleborg seals advance for unconventional subsea wells (Fri, 2 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0500)
    TRELLEBORG, Sweden—Trelleborg Sealing Solutions will introduce a range of sealing materials, developed to meet the demands of accessing unconventional wells.
  • International Silicone Conference adds new speakers (Thu, 1 Feb 2018 17:10:10 -0500)
    AKRON—Three new presentations have been added to the 2018 International Silicone Conference lineup, expanding the event's offerings to include insights into HCR compounding, new processes for cleaning molds and regulatory updates.
  • Yokohama expands winter tire testing site in Japan (Thu, 1 Feb 2018 15:40:01 -0500)
    HOKKAIDO, Japan—Yokohama has added an indoor ice-traction testing facility at its Hokkaido Tire Test Centre.
  • ZC Rubber eyes capacity expansions, new products in 2018 (Thu, 1 Feb 2018 13:30:57 -0500)
    BANGKOK—China's Zhongce Rubber Group hopes to build on its successes in 2017—double-digit increases in sales and production capacities—with additional capacity expansions and new product lines throughout the new year.
  • Pyrolyx appoints new CFO (Thu, 1 Feb 2018 15:59:23 -0500)
    MUNICH—Recovered carbon black manufacturer Pyrolyx has appointed Sven Eric Molzahn as chief financial officer.
  • Maxcess China expands with new facility (Thu, 1 Feb 2018 15:49:33 -0500)
    ZHUHAI, China—Maxcess China recently unveiled a new 25,000-sq.-ft. facility in Zhuhai.
  • OSHA fines auto parts manufacturer $129,000 for worker injury (Thu, 1 Feb 2018 11:37:25 -0500)
    THOMSON, Ga.—The U.S.
  • Editorial: Auto landscape forcing suppliers to plan for change (Thu, 1 Feb 2018 13:37:01 -0500)
    The buzz word for the auto industry entering 2018 clearly is "disruption." Suppliers to the sector know their long-term prospects could be drastically different as the auto business continues to surge forward toward a new horizon.
  • Kordsa makes record number of patent applications in 2017 (Thu, 1 Feb 2018 13:13:38 -0500)
    ISTANBUL—Kordsa, a Sabanci Holding subsidiary, recorded a new high level in patent applications in 2017, following on its previous record in 2016.
  • Shin-Etsu sees double-digit growth in silicones business (Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:00:00 -0500)
    TOKYO—Japanese materials supplier Shin-Etsu saw double-digit increases in sales and operating income at its silicones business.
  • Hyundai, Michelin developing tires for electric vehicles (Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:40:07 -0500)
    CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—Hyundai has entered into a technical partnership with Michelin to develop tires for electric and luxury vehicles.
  • Dow supplies flex and rigid polyurethane foam systems for Olympic Village (Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:19:59 -0500)
    MIDLAND, Mich. — Dow polyurethanes will be featured in much of the Olympic Village and a number of buildings in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
  • State of Union draws mixed reactions from industry leaders (Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:57:19 -0500)
    WASHINGTON—Tire, manufacturing and small business associations generally expressed support for the agenda presented by President Trump in his Jan. 30 State of the Union address.
  • Bridgestone unveils OTR tire pressure monitoring system (Wed, 31 Jan 2018 13:43:49 -0500)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone has introduced PressureStat, a state-of-the-art, easy-to-use tire pressure monitoring system for off-the-road tires in the construction, quarry, underground hard rock and port industries.
  • BASF pushes lightweighting solutions to suppliers, auto makers (Wed, 31 Jan 2018 13:10:16 -0500)
    DETROIT—BASF was showing off flooring material for vehicles that it called a lightweight, low-cost solution for auto makers.
  • Column: Entering the New Year with resolve (Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:44:53 -0500)
    It's early in the year, so that means it's time for resolutions. For me, there is one thing I'm really going to focus on resolving: Getting my email under control.
  • Wacky World of Rubber: A safer lacrosse ball (Wed, 31 Jan 2018 09:16:14 -0500)
    Equipment is often one of the first things addressed when trying to increase the safety of athletes. But sometimes the answer to making a sport safer is so obvious it's often overlooked.
  • Yokohama sponsors youth soccer program (Wed, 31 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0500)
    SANTA ANA, Calif.—Yokohama has signed a multi-year agreement to become the official sponsor of Southern Soccer Academy, a Marietta, Ga.
  • Silicone additives market worth $1.7 billion by 2022 (Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:09:45 -0500)
    PUNE, India—The global silicone additives market was $1.2 billion in 2017 and is projected to reach $1.7 billion by 2022, according to a new report.
  • Bridgestone backs Olympian Erin Jackson (Tue, 30 Jan 2018 14:29:48 -0500)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas is throwing its support behind Winter Olympian Erin Jackson after she came through with a "clutch performance" at the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials to earn her spot on the Team USA long track speed skating team.
  • USTMA speaks out in support of Ohio used tire bill (Tue, 30 Jan 2018 16:41:27 -0500)
    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Passage of a bill banning the road use of unsafe used tires would be a major protection to consumers, a representative of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association testified before a committee of the Ohio House of Representatives.
  • Yokohama marks 40th anniversary of Advan performance line (Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:01:07 -0500)
    TOKYO—Yokohama will mark the 40th anniversary this year of its flagship Advan performance and racing tire line with a special logo.
  • Toyo to develop electric vehicle suspension module (Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:20:55 -0500)
    ITAMI CITY, Japan—Toyo Rubber and GLM, a Kyoto-based electric vehicle maker, have started the joint development of suspension modules for electric vehicles.
  • In 2018, Washington faces cloudy year, busy agenda (Tue, 30 Jan 2018 14:51:23 -0500)
    WASHINGTON—2017 brought massive changes to Washington, making 2018 all the harder to predict, according to industry association representatives.
  • New Products: DuPont Delrin 100CPE NC010 resin (Tue, 30 Jan 2018 14:17:11 -0500)
    GENEVA—DuPont has launched Delrin 100CPE NC010, offering a new resin for the automotive sector and non-automotive gear applications.
  • Goodyear unveils new tires, technology at 2018 Customer Conference (Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:09:52 -0500)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Goodyear made some tire industry music in the Music City, unveiling several new products during its 2018 Customer Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center.
  • Cheng Shin boosting India, Indonesia investments (Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:42:54 -0500)
    CHUNGHWA, Taiwan—Cheng Shin Rubber is planning to boost capital investment at its Maxxis Rubber India and P.T. Maxxis International Indonesia subsidiaries.
  • Keith Crain receives Washington Auto Show lifetime honor (Mon, 29 Jan 2018 11:00:00 -0500)
    WASHINGTON—Keith Crain, chairman of Crain Communications, received the Washington Auto Show's Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • PolyOne sales, adjusted earnings per share grow in 2017 (Mon, 29 Jan 2018 11:52:48 -0500)
    AVON LAKE, Ohio—PolyOne saw sales climb almost 10 percent in 2017, as profit from continuing operations grew more than 4 percent.
  • ARPM releases new reference publication (Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:28:30 -0500)
    INDIANAPOLIS—The Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers released its new SP-912 Description of Standard Reference Recipe for Exhaust Gas Condensate.
  • Kumho hires former Nexen exec to head European business (Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:22:59 -0500)
    OFFENBACH, Germany—Kumho has hired Changrin Suk, formerly the CEO of Nexen Tire America, to be president of its European business.
  • Continental expanding EM-Master OTR tire portfolio (Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:13:58 -0500)
    HANOVER, Germany—Continental is expanding its off-the-road radial tire lineup with additional sizes of its EM-Master E4/L4 lines for construction/mining and wheel loader/dump truck applications.
  • On the agenda: 7 to watch in 2018 (Mon, 29 Jan 2018 14:26:06 -0500)
    Just because 2017 is in the books doesn't mean the effects are gone. Here's what we think will be on the agenda for 2018.
  • Rich Kramer: Mobility changes could bring wave of tire industry growth (Sat, 27 Jan 2018 14:43:39 -0500)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Rich Kramer doesn't consider the changing mobility in today's world as a threat, either today or in the future.
  • Dow Corning silicones to be branded Dowsil (Fri, 26 Jan 2018 12:07:48 -0500)
    MIDLAND, Mich.—Dow Corning will transition its silicone materials for high performance building products to the new Dowsil brand beginning in February.
  • Semperit extends restructuring to Sempertrans, Semperform (Fri, 26 Jan 2018 13:27:00 -0500)
    VIENNA—Semperit has extended its restructuring program to include its Sempertrans and Semperform business units.
  • Safic Alcan partners with Orion in Europe (Fri, 26 Jan 2018 08:30:00 -0500)
    PARIS—Safic-Alcan entered into an extended distribution agreement with Orion Engineered Carbons in Iberia and Central Eastern Europe.
  • Newell 'exploring options,' looking to sell Rubbermaid (Fri, 26 Jan 2018 12:43:45 -0500)
    HOBOKEN, N.J.—Nineteen years after Newell Co. bought housewares giant Rubbermaid, Newell Brands is looking to sell it.
  • Sabic takes 25 percent stake in Clariant (Fri, 26 Jan 2018 14:15:43 -0500)
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Sabic has acquired a nearly 25 percent stake in Clariant International, making it Clariant's largest shareholder.
  • Motion and Apache integration underway (Fri, 26 Jan 2018 14:50:21 -0500)
    PORTLAND, Ore.—After its recent acquisition, Apache's integration with Motion Industries is moving forward "really quite well," according to Tom Pientok, president of Apache, a division of Motion.
  • Goodyear launches pursuit, high-mileage car tires (Fri, 26 Jan 2018 16:04:48 -0500)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Goodyear rolled out a pair of new passenger tires at its 2018 Customer Conference in Nashville.
  • Kraiburg TPE adds extrusion line (Fri, 26 Jan 2018 11:48:40 -0500)
    WALDKRAIBURG, Germany—Kraiburg TPE has launched a new extrusion line for the production of thermoplastic elastomers at its headquarters in Waldkraiburg.
  • Chemionics deal to strengthen Protech (Fri, 26 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500)
    TALLMADGE, Ohio—Chessco Industries, which owned Chemionics since 1981, has sold the firm to Protech Oxyplast Group, a provider of both powder and liquid metal coatings, in a deal that closed Dec. 1.
  • Jonal Labs tour is a success for New England Rubber & Plastics Group (Thu, 25 Jan 2018 12:57:10 -0500)
    MERIDEN, Conn.—Following its recent fall technical meeting, members of the New England Rubber & Plastics Group toured the facilities of Jonal Laboratories in Meriden.
  • Handful of Senate Democrats stall progress on autonomous vehicle legislation (Thu, 25 Jan 2018 15:17:57 -0500)
    WASHINGTON—Bipartisan legislation to promote safe development of autonomous vehicle technology remains stalled in the Senate over safety concerns from three Democrats, Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune said.
  • Yokohama unveils longer fenders for LNG transfers (Thu, 25 Jan 2018 07:45:00 -0500)
    TOKYO—Yokohama claims to have taken floating pneumatic fenders to new lengths with the development of an ultra-large fender with a diameter of nearly 20 feet.
  • Gates IPO begins trading on New York Stock Exchange (Thu, 25 Jan 2018 12:05:04 -0500)
    DENVER—Gates Industrial offered 38.5 million ordinary shares at a price of $19 per share, valuing its initial public offering at $731.5 million.
  • New Products: AGC unveils new Fluon resin (Thu, 25 Jan 2018 15:33:20 -0500)
    EXTON, Pa.—A new resin from AGC Chemicals Americas enables one-step processing with other polymers and metals.
  • Orotex to invest $10.3 million at Michigan facility (Thu, 25 Jan 2018 15:25:10 -0500)
    NOVI, Mich.—Orotex is expanding its automotive production site in Novi.
  • Michelin settles design patent lawsuit with Tire Mart (Thu, 25 Jan 2018 12:42:34 -0500)
    ST. LOUIS—Michelin North America has reached a settlement with Tire Mart, d.b.a. Braven Off-Road, in a design patent lawsuit brought by Michelin.
  • H.B. Fuller reports increased revenue, decreased income for 2017 (Thu, 25 Jan 2018 08:30:00 -0500)
    ST. PAUL, Minn.—Revenue increased and income decreased for the full year and fourth quarter of 2017, H.B. Fuller reported in its latest financial report.
  • ETRMA reports flat sales in 2017 (Wed, 24 Jan 2018 12:55:22 -0500)
    BRUSSELS—Tire sales in Europe were largely flat in 2017, with a strong increase in original equipment truck tire sales but a sharp drop in replacement agricultural tires, according to the latest figures from the European Tyre and Rubber...
  • Chinese supplier Zhongding to open tech center in Michigan (Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:26:24 -0500)
    NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—China's Anhui Zhongding plans to invest $6.9 million in a 30,000-sq.-ft. technology center in Northville Township, located about 10 miles north of Ann Arbor.
  • ContiTech invests $24.5 million in Hungarian facility (Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:50:19 -0500)
    NYIREGYHAZA, Hungary—ContiTech has invested about $24.5 million in its Nyiregyhaza location during the past 1.5 years.
  • Ohio lawmakers introduce six right-to-work amendments (updated) (Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:54:51 -0500)
    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Two Republican representatives have proposed to place six right-to-work amendments to the Ohio Constitution on the 2020 ballot.
  • Registration opens for ISRG World Rubber Summit (Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:15:03 -0500)
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—Registration has opened for the World Rubber Summit 2018, sponsored by the International Rubber Study Group.
  • Smithers Rapra expert to speak at Tire Technology Expo 2018 (Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:33:26 -0500)
    AKRON—Bruce Lambillotte, vice president of technical consulting at Smithers Rapra, will deliver a presentation on the present and future landscape of lightweighting in truck tires at the Tire Technology Expo 2018 in Hanover, Germany, Feb. 20-22.
  • Nokian adding aramid technology to van, cargo tires (Wed, 24 Jan 2018 12:27:34 -0500)
    COLCHESTER, Vt.—Nokian is adapting its aramid sidewall technology, using aramid fiber, to its lines of van and cargo tires, which typically are used on heavier vehicles navigating poor roads, gravel and over curbs.
  • Mitsubishi starts up TPE plant in Thailand (Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:30:00 -0500)
    TOKYO—Mitsubishi Chemical has started production of styrenic thermoplastic elastomers in Thailand.
  • Wacky World of Rubber: Rubber bands get cars in gear (Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500)
    There are lots of ways to make a rubber band car using things from around the house. This design takes a few clever turns to the classic toy, including one that would be near and dear to any rubber enthusiast.
  • New Products: Mahr's interferometer measuring tower (Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500)
    PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Mahr has released the MarOpto MT 100, the first of a new series of Fizeau interferometer towers for measuring optics directly in production.
  • Polymax TPE expands production (Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:17:22 -0500)
    WAUKEGAN, Ill.—Polymax Thermoplastic Elastomers, a manufacturer and custom compounder of thermoplastic elastomers, will increase the size of its production operation, adding about 8 million pounds of annual capacity.
  • Arlanxeo names CEO, CFO for North America (Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:07:20 -0500)
    PITTSBURGH—Arlanxeo USA made two appointments, naming John Sawaya as president and CEO, and Francois Le Roy as chief financial officer.
  • Arlanxeo manager to speak at Fort Wayne Rubber Group meeting (Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:34:17 -0500)
    FORT WAYNE, Ind.—An official from Arlanxeo will be the speaker at the Fort Wayne Rubber Group's first technical meeting of 2018, to be held Feb. 8.
  • Bavaria recognizes Wacker for workplace inclusiveness (Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:18:30 -0500)
    MUNICH—Johannes Hintersberger, undersecretary at the Bavarian Ministry of Social Affairs, presented Wacker Chemie with the Inclusion in Bavaria—We Work Together emblem.
  • Dow to host silicone webinar (Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:33:11 -0500)
    NEW YORK—Dow Chemical's Consumer Solutions business will host a webinar titled "Thermal Management Solutions for Automotive, Lighting and Industrial Applications."
  • Michelin's Scott Clark elected to USTMA Board of Directors (Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:17:48 -0500)
    WASHINGTON—Scott Clark, chairman and president of Michelin North America, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association.
  • LSR 2018 accepting abstracts (Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:58:45 -0500)
    ANAHEIM, Calif.—LSR 2018 is accepting abstracts for speaker presentations until March 1.
  • Former Hollywood prop creator brings his skills to the medical classroom (Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:30:00 -0500)
    BOSTON—He built his resume working on big-budget projects such as "Jurassic Park" and the Harry Potter theme park. But in a career plot twist, master prop molder Gregory Loan left behind the magic of Hollywood for the realism of the medical classroom.
  • Toyoda Gosei developing rubber for robot muscles (Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:53:55 -0500)
    KIYOSU, Japan—Toyoda Gosei unveiled its "next-generation" e-rubber at the second RoboDEX technical exhibition for the robotics industry. The material can be used to develop artificial muscles for robots.
  • Mood brightens on NAFTA's prospects (Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:29:33 -0500)
    DETROIT—Cautious optimism about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement is beginning to replace the gloom and doom of recent months among auto industry leaders.
  • Yokohama allies with 'Lemons' endurance race series (Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:15:58 -0500)
    SANTA ANA, Calif.—Yokohama has signed on as the official tire sponsor of the 24 Hours of Lemons, an endurance auto race series that features cars purchased for $500 or less, not including the cost of tires, wheels and safety equipment.
  • ARPM welcomes 4 new members (Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:09:47 -0500)
    INDIANAPOLIS—The Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers recently welcomed Great Lakes Rubber, R.E. Darling, Seal Science and Vicone Rubber as association members.
  • Freudenberg salutes 2018 vehicle award winners (Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:44:47 -0500)
    PLYMOUTH, Mich.—Freudenberg Sealing Technologies congratulated Honda, Volvo and Ford for winning vehicle industry awards.
  • Starlim expansion nears completion (Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500)
    LONDON, Ontario—Starlim North America is on pace to complete the first phase of a multi-year expansion project at its liquid silicone rubber molding factory in London by the end of this summer.
  • China's JGST sets up U.S. sales, research office (Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:57:49 -0500)
    WUXI, China—China's Jiangsu General Science Technology has set up a research, sales and international trade office in the U.S.
  • Arlanxeo to expand production capabilities for chloroprene rubber (Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:27:00 -0500)
    MAASTRICHT, Netherlands—Arlanxeo will expand its global chloroprene rubber production at the facility in Dormagen, Germany, investing millions in the project.
  • Former Uniroyal President Sheldon Salzman dies (Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:40:28 -0500)
    VERO BEACH, Fla.—Sheldon R. Salzman, president of the former Uniroyal Tire from 1979-86 and co-chairman of Uniroyal Goodrich Tire from 1986-90, died Dec. 26 at his home in Vero Beach. He was 86.
  • Michelin, Pirelli top AutoPacific tire ratings (Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:29:59 -0500)
    TUSTIN, Calif.—The Michelin and Pirelli brands earned top recognition in AutoPacific's 2017 Replacement Tire Owners Satisfaction Awards, based on responses from 7,000-plus consumers.
  • Nakata Engineering names BPS Engineering as representative (Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:44:36 -0500)
    KOBE, Japan—Nakata Engineering, which manufactures tire ply extrusion and rubber processing machinery, appointed BPS Engineering as their agent and representative in North and South America.
  • Indiana House committee passes used tire bill (Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:27:44 -0500)
    INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana House Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development Committee has voted 11-0 to pass a bill prohibiting tire dealers and auto service providers from installing unsafe used tires on vehicles.
  • Petro-Canada deal helps HollyFrontier's offerings (Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:44:18 -0500)
    DALLAS—HollyFrontier's acquisition last year of Suncor Energy's Petro-Canada Lubricants business will help round out its process oil product portfolio and expand its capabilities.
  • Magna commissions OTR tire production at Dutch plant (Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:41:25 -0500)
    HARDENBERG, Netherlands—Magna Tyres has initiated production of off-the-road tires at its expanded and re-engineered OBO Tyres retread plant in Hardenberg, and is in the process of increasing curing capacity further to keep up with demand.
  • Editorial: Gates' non-flashy IPO has decent chance at success (Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:30:39 -0500)
    The planned initial public offering of Gates is the kind that makes up the majority of IPOs the general public doesn't hear much about, those for companies with solid fundamentals that have a good chance at providing investors with a decent return on...
  • Goodyear, Stratim partner for tire maintenance pilot program (Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:25:56 -0500)
    AKRON—Goodyear is launching an advanced tire maintenance pilot program with Stratim, a San Francisco-based startup whose technology platform tracks, monitors and oversees fleet maintenance for thousands of vehicles operated by more than 50 mobility...
  • New AirBoss COO will head compounding unit (Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:57:54 -0500)
    NEWMARKET, Ontario—Chris Bitsakakis has long been fascinated by the science behind making a high quality and consistent batch of rubber.