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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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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 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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