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Carbon black shortfall rocks India's rubber industry
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NEW DELHI—Antidumping duties combined with increased demand and capacity constraints is causing a shortage of carbon black for the domestic Indian market, according to the All India Rubber...
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NEW DELHI—Antidumping duties combined with increased demand and capacity constraints is causing a shortage of carbon black for the domestic Indian market, according to the All India Rubber Industries Association. NEW DELHI—Antidumping duties combined with increased demand and capacity constraints is causing a shortage of carbon black for the domestic Indian market, according to the All India Rubber Industries Association. $NEW DELHI—Antidumping duties combined with increased demand and capacity constraints is causing a shortage of carbon black for the domestic Indian market, according to the All India Rubber Industries Association.
BKT, Kultevat collaborate on dandelion rubber development
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BHUJ, India—India's Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) has begun working with U.S. biotechnology company Kultevat Inc. to develop processing methods that would lead to the use of dandelion-...
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BHUJ, India—India's Balkrishna Industries (BKT) has begun working with U.S. biotechnology company Kultevat to develop processing methods that would lead to the use of dandelion-based latex in rubber compounds that could be used in making tires. BHUJ, India—India's Balkrishna Industries (BKT) has begun working with U.S. biotechnology company Kultevat to develop processing methods that would lead to the use of dandelion-based latex in rubber compounds that could be used in making tires. $BHUJ, India—India's Balkrishna Industries (BKT) has begun working with U.S. biotechnology company Kultevat to develop processing methods that would lead to the use of dandelion-based latex in rubber compounds that could be used in making tires.
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.
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Published on July 28, 2011

UTILIZATION OF THE RUBBER PROCESS ANALYZER IN SIX SIGMA PROGRAMS

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The principal players in the automotive industry have embarked on a new campaign to reduce product variation and manufacturing costs of automotive components, sub-systems, and systems. The tire manufacturers are challenged more than some other suppliers to meet these new quality requirements that are being developed Reduction in tolerance stacking effects, improved reliability, greater safety, and elimination of unplanned costs are central issues for the tire industry today.  To meet these new market challenges, many tire manufacturers have begun to use the rubber process analyzer (RPA) directly on the factory floor as a very sensitive “gauge” to predict downstream processabliity behavior and tire performance.  This test instrument is being deployed in a methodical way in new quality programs, such as Six Sigma, to enable tire producers to get control of their “supply chain” and their fabrication process. This paper will present illustrations on ways the RPA can be utilized in the factory to improve product quality and unlock significant cost reductions.  These illustrations will show how the RPA can provide valuable new information to allow the process to stay in a state of statistical control.  Also, the viscoelastic data that the RPA provides can be used to determine assignable causes of variation so the appropriate corrective actions can be taken. 
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