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Analytics firm said LT tires led sluggish 2017 U.S. replacement market
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NEW YORK—Despite a unit sales decline of 3.1 percent last year, light truck tires led a sluggish U.S. consumer tire market in 2017 vs. 2016, according to the latest data issued by analytics...
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NEW YORK—Despite a unit sales decline last year, light truck tires led a sluggish U.S. consumer tire market in 2017 vs. 2016, according to the latest data issued by analytics firm GfK Group. NEW YORK—Despite a unit sales decline last year, light truck tires led a sluggish U.S. consumer tire market in 2017 vs. 2016, according to the latest data issued by analytics firm GfK Group. $NEW YORK—Despite a unit sales decline last year, light truck tires led a sluggish U.S. consumer tire market in 2017 vs. 2016, according to the latest data issued by analytics firm GfK Group.
Surge in business is a boon for commercial vehicle industry
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The commercial vehicle industry is enjoying a surge in business as the U.S. economy grows, construction projects increase and consumers buy more merchandise. For now, "trucking is enjoying a very...
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The commercial vehicle industry is enjoying a surge in business as the U.S. economy grows, construction projects increase and consumers buy more merchandise. The commercial vehicle industry is enjoying a surge in business as the U.S. economy grows, construction projects increase and consumers buy more merchandise. $The commercial vehicle industry is enjoying a surge in business as the U.S. economy grows, construction projects increase and consumers buy more merchandise.
Michelin debuts new high-performance adhesive
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CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—Michelin will be leaving an old industry standard behind with some of its lines of tires later this year. After more than nine years of research and development,...
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CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—After more than nine years of research and development, Michelin is launching a new high-performance resin adhesive designed for bonding textiles. CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—After more than nine years of research and development, Michelin is launching a new high-performance resin adhesive designed for bonding textiles. $CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—After more than nine years of research and development, Michelin is launching a new high-performance resin adhesive designed for bonding textiles.
A. Schulman sets June meeting to vote on merger
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FAIRLAWN, Ohio—A. Schulman Inc. has set June 14 as the date for a special meeting for shareholders to vote on a merger agreement with global plastics, chemicals and refining company...
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FAIRLAWN, Ohio—A. Schulman has set June 14 as the date for a special meeting for shareholders to vote on a merger agreement with global plastics, chemicals and refining company LyondellBasell. FAIRLAWN, Ohio—A. Schulman has set June 14 as the date for a special meeting for shareholders to vote on a merger agreement with global plastics, chemicals and refining company LyondellBasell. $FAIRLAWN, Ohio—A. Schulman has set June 14 as the date for a special meeting for shareholders to vote on a merger agreement with global plastics, chemicals and refining company LyondellBasell.
Tekni-Plex expands medical portfolio with Dunn Industries acquisition
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WAYNE, Pa.—Tekni-Plex Inc. is expanding its capabilities in specialty extruded medical tubing by acquiring Dunn Industries Inc. Financial details were not disclosed, but Tekni-Plex said the ...
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WAYNE, Pa.—Tekni-Plex is expanding its capabilities in specialty extruded medical tubing by acquiring Dunn Industries. WAYNE, Pa.—Tekni-Plex is expanding its capabilities in specialty extruded medical tubing by acquiring Dunn Industries. $WAYNE, Pa.—Tekni-Plex is expanding its capabilities in specialty extruded medical tubing by acquiring Dunn Industries.
Raw material prices still volatile
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WASHINGTON—Volatility in raw materials prices for tires and rubber goods has moderated since last year, but is far from gone, according to manufacturers and industry analysts. Tire...
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WASHINGTON—Volatility in raw materials prices for tires and rubber goods has moderated since last year, but is far from gone, according to manufacturers and industry analysts. WASHINGTON—Volatility in raw materials prices for tires and rubber goods has moderated since last year, but is far from gone, according to manufacturers and industry analysts. $WASHINGTON—Volatility in raw materials prices for tires and rubber goods has moderated since last year, but is far from gone, according to manufacturers and industry analysts.
Bridgestone, Goodyear to create 50/50 wholesale venture
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AKRON—Bridgestone Americas and Goodyear are combining their respective wholesale tire distribution assets into a 50/50 joint venture, called TireHub L.L.C., that will operate through 80-...
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AKRON—Bridgestone Americas and Goodyear are combining their respective wholesale tire distribution assets into a 50/50 joint venture, called TireHub, that will operate through 80-plus distribution centers nationwide. AKRON—Bridgestone Americas and Goodyear are combining their respective wholesale tire distribution assets into a 50/50 joint venture, called TireHub, that will operate through 80-plus distribution centers nationwide. $AKRON—Bridgestone Americas and Goodyear are combining their respective wholesale tire distribution assets into a 50/50 joint venture, called TireHub, that will operate through 80-plus distribution centers nationwide.
Impact of steel tariffs looms over industry
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WASHINGTON—Tire manufacturers still are assessing the possible effects of 25 percent tariffs on tire-quality steel wire rod imports to the U.S., but all indications are that the impact...
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WASHINGTON—Tire manufacturers still are assessing the possible effects of 25 percent tariffs on tire-quality steel wire rod imports to the U.S., but all indications are that the impact could be sweeping. WASHINGTON—Tire manufacturers still are assessing the possible effects of 25 percent tariffs on tire-quality steel wire rod imports to the U.S., but all indications are that the impact could be sweeping. $WASHINGTON—Tire manufacturers still are assessing the possible effects of 25 percent tariffs on tire-quality steel wire rod imports to the U.S., but all indications are that the impact could be sweeping.
Photo gallery: Ace shows off expansion
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RAVENNA, Ohio—At Ace Products and Consulting's open house on April 12, visitors showed up to see the facility after the company finished its most recent expansion. Ace added 3,500 square...
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RAVENNA, Ohio—At Ace Products and Consulting's open house on April 12, visitors showed up to see the facility after the company finished its most recent expansion. RAVENNA, Ohio—At Ace Products and Consulting's open house on April 12, visitors showed up to see the facility after the company finished its most recent expansion. $RAVENNA, Ohio—At Ace Products and Consulting's open house on April 12, visitors showed up to see the facility after the company finished its most recent expansion.
Continental developing aquaplaning warning system
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FRANKFURT, Germany—Continental A.G. engineers are developing an aquaplaning alert system that uses signals from surround-view cameras and tire-mounted electronic sensors to warn the...
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FRANKFURT, Germany—Continental engineers are developing an aquaplaning alert system that uses signals from surround-view cameras and tire-mounted electronic sensors to warn the vehicle's driver and engage active stabilization measures. FRANKFURT, Germany—Continental engineers are developing an aquaplaning alert system that uses signals from surround-view cameras and tire-mounted electronic sensors to warn the vehicle's driver and engage active stabilization measures. $FRANKFURT, Germany—Continental engineers are developing an aquaplaning alert system that uses signals from surround-view cameras and tire-mounted electronic sensors to warn the vehicle's driver and engage active stabilization measures.
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Published on January 1, 2007

How To Ensure that a Manufactured Latex Product has the Lowest Practicable Allergen Levels

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Date Published January 1, 2007
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This Report has been authored by:Timo Palosuo at Finland National Public Health Institute

Immediate allergic reactions to natural rubber latex (NRL) proteins continue to be an important medical and occupational health problem. Attempts at minimizing protein and allergen concentration in NRL gloves to prevent sensitization and the development clinical allergy to NRL are acknowledged as a goal of mutual interest for rubber manufacturers and regulatory health authorities. Total protein determination has been widely used for the indirect estimation of allergen content in NRL products but consensus exists today that allergen-specific assays that are specific, of high sensitivity and reproducibility and can be properly standardized, would provide much more reliable information. We quantified four NRL allergens (Hev b 1, Hev b 3, Hev b 5 and Hev b 6.02) in 208 glove brands by a capture enzyme immunoassay (FITKit®). The results were compared with those from a skin prick test-validated human IgE-based ELISA-inhibition method that has been considered as the “golden standard” for demonstration of allergenicity of rubber products. A high overall correlation ( r=0.87, 95% CI 0.83 to 0.90) emerged between the sum values of the four allergens(µg/g glove) and IgE-ELISA inhibition. The sum, when set at 0.15 µg/g discriminated “low allergenic” (< 10 AU/ml) from “moderate to high allergenic” (>10 AU/ml) gloves at a sensitivity of 0.93 (95% CI 0.85 to 0.98) and specificity of 0.90 (95% CI 0.83 to 0.94). In conclusion, the allergenic potential of medical gloves could be assessed with remarkably high specificity and sensitivity. For the four allergen sum test we set up a cut-off level (0.15 µg/g) below which virtually all gloves can be considered as low allergenic. Although it is still not possible to make claims of safety, the specific allergen tests will be a very useful practical guide to personnel responsible for glove purchasing in hospitals and health care centers and also to conventional glove users to support their glove selection policies. 
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