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Jobs, supply chain, growth: Why auto is an important part of NAFTA
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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 after the U.S. chief...
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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. 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. $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.
Continental, Kordsa partner on adhesion system development
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HANOVER, Germany—Continental A.G.'s tire division is partnering with Kordsa Inc., an international supplier of textile reinforcing materials for the tire industry, to develop a sustainable...
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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. 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. $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.
Barco opens new Georgia plant
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TALLAPOOSA, Ga.—British American Rubber Co., a subsidiary of Montague Investments L.L.C., invested about $10 million to build a specialty rubber compounding facility in Tallapoosa, according ...
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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. 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. $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
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NEW ORLEANS—Back in May, Fluence Analytics said it had raised a Series A round of funding led by Energy Innovation Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in growing companies in energy ...
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NEW ORLEANS—With a Series A round of funding led by Energy Innovation Capital, Fluence Analytics has set a course for growth. NEW ORLEANS—With a Series A round of funding led by Energy Innovation Capital, Fluence Analytics has set a course for growth. $NEW ORLEANS—With a Series A round of funding led by Energy Innovation Capital, Fluence Analytics has set a course for growth.
Decentralized approach works for Singer
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SAN ANTONIO—For SBP Holdings, parent of rubber goods distributor Singer Equities Inc., it was a big deal when it boosted the size of its corporate staff by 33 percent. That's right, it went ...
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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. 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. $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.
Katz sees growth opportunities for polyurethanes
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Linda Katz, the Polyurethanes Manufacturers Association's new president, is very familiar with the plastics world. Her father ran an injection molding company in Wisconsin and she worked there as ...
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Linda Katz discusses the potential of polyurethanes in a variety of industries. Linda Katz discusses the potential of polyurethanes in a variety of industries. $Linda Katz discusses the potential of polyurethanes in a variety of industries.
Cooper Tire completes guayule grant
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FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and its consortium partners have completed their five-year, $6.9 million Biomass Research and Development Initiative grant on guayule rubber....
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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. 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. $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.
Texarkana backing potential Cooper Tire project
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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 & Rubber Co....
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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. 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. $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.
Hyde: Feedstock volatility to continue
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FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Change will continue to be prevalent among synthetic latex feedstocks, but that doesn’t necessarily mean good news for the industry. That was the message from Bill Hyde,...
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FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Change will continue to be prevalent among synthetic latex feedstocks, but that doesn't necessarily mean good news for the industry. FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Change will continue to be prevalent among synthetic latex feedstocks, but that doesn't necessarily mean good news for the industry. $FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Change will continue to be prevalent among synthetic latex feedstocks, but that doesn't necessarily mean good news for the industry.
Dow, DuPont set closing date for merger
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MIDLAND, Mich.—Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. have set a closing date for their merger of equals. The firms disclosed in a news release that all required regulatory approvals and...
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MIDLAND, Mich.—Dow and DuPont have set a closing date for their merger of equals. MIDLAND, Mich.—Dow and DuPont have set a closing date for their merger of equals. $MIDLAND, Mich.—Dow and DuPont have set a closing date for their merger of equals.
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Published on July 30, 2002

Medical Glove Materials and Their Uses

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This paper is to discuss commercially available materials, current technology, and practiced art for the manufacturing of examination and surgical gloves. The discussion covers natural rubber latex and synthetic materials. Natural rubber latex (NRL) gloves continue to hold a dominant share in the glove market. However, this share is diminishing due to the growing concern of latex allergy. Low cost, low protein allergen, and powder free are the key added features for the NRL gloves. Meanwhile, synthetic gloves are enjoying a double-digit growth rate in recent years. Neoprene is a preferred material for synthetic surgical gloves. Polyisoprene is emerging, and it has the closest tactile sensitivity, flexibility, and durability to natural rubber. Nitrile, polyruethane, and thermoplastic rubbers hold their respective areas. For examination gloves, vinyl gloves are more flexible and stronger, but have gained no more share in the market. Nitrile gloves are accepted at a much faster pace. Polyurethane gloves without accelerators and plasticizers have found a niche market. 
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