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NAM honors U.S. senator for his support of manufacturing
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AKRON—The National Association of Manufacturers recognized U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH, with the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence, which was presented during an ceremony at ...
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AKRON—The National Association of Manufacturers recognized U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH, with the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. AKRON—The National Association of Manufacturers recognized U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH, with the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. $AKRON—The National Association of Manufacturers recognized U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH, with the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence.
Cheng Shin set to open two tire plants
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CHUNGHWA, Taiwan — Cheng Shin Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd.'s new plants in India and Indonesia will start production this year, the Taiwanese tire maker disclosed at its recent investor...
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CHUNGHWA, Taiwan—Cheng Shin, which goes to market under the Maxxis brand, is ready to start up its new plants in India and Indonesia. CHUNGHWA, Taiwan—Cheng Shin, which goes to market under the Maxxis brand, is ready to start up its new plants in India and Indonesia. $CHUNGHWA, Taiwan—Cheng Shin, which goes to market under the Maxxis brand, is ready to start up its new plants in India and Indonesia.
USW files complaint regarding China truck, bus tire decision
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WASHINGTON—The United Steelworkers has filed a complaint with the U.S. Court of International Trade seeking judicial review of the U.S. International Trade Commission's recent negative...
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WASHINGTON—The United Steelworkers has filed a complaint with the U.S. Court of International Trade seeking judicial review of the U.S. International Trade Commission's recent negative determination in the ITC's investigation of truck and bus tires from China. WASHINGTON—The United Steelworkers has filed a complaint with the U.S. Court of International Trade seeking judicial review of the U.S. International Trade Commission's recent negative determination in the ITC's investigation of truck and bus tires from China. $WASHINGTON—The United Steelworkers has filed a complaint with the U.S. Court of International Trade seeking judicial review of the U.S. International Trade Commission's recent negative determination in the ITC's investigation of truck and bus tires from China.
Apollo celebrates milestone event
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GYONGYOSHALASZ, Hungary—In a country filled with relics and buildings that date back several centuries, one of the world's most technologically advanced and environmentally efficient...
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GYONGYOSHALASZ, Hungary—Now that Apollo has christened its newest tire plant in Gyongyoshalasz, it can turn its attention to bolstering its presence in the North American market, specifically the U.S. and Canada. GYONGYOSHALASZ, Hungary—Now that Apollo has christened its newest tire plant in Gyongyoshalasz, it can turn its attention to bolstering its presence in the North American market, specifically the U.S. and Canada. $GYONGYOSHALASZ, Hungary—Now that Apollo has christened its newest tire plant in Gyongyoshalasz, it can turn its attention to bolstering its presence in the North American market, specifically the U.S. and Canada.
Photo Gallery: Bridgestone celebrates re-opening of Akron Data Center
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AKRON, Ohio—Bridgestone celebrated the grand re-opening of its Akron Data Center April 18 with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. The $17.3 million renovation project, which began in July...
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AKRON, Ohio—Bridgestone celebrated the grand re-opening of its Akron Data Center April 18 with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. AKRON, Ohio—Bridgestone celebrated the grand re-opening of its Akron Data Center April 18 with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. $AKRON, Ohio—Bridgestone celebrated the grand re-opening of its Akron Data Center April 18 with a special ribbon cutting ceremony.
Bridgestone develops airless bicycle tires
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TOKYO—Bridgestone Corp., together with Bridgestone Cycle Co., Ltd., has developed an airless bicycle tire as part of its "air free concept" technology, the Japanese tire-maker announced...
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TOKYO—Bridgestone, in partnership with Bridgestone Cycle, has developed an airless bicycle tire as part of its "air free concept" technology. TOKYO—Bridgestone, in partnership with Bridgestone Cycle, has developed an airless bicycle tire as part of its "air free concept" technology. $TOKYO—Bridgestone, in partnership with Bridgestone Cycle, has developed an airless bicycle tire as part of its "air free concept" technology.
East West halts operations at historic rubber facility
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BATON ROUGE, La.—A 74-year history of synthetic rubber manufacturing at the same facility has just ended with the closing and bankruptcy of East West Copolymer L.L.C. The East West plant in ...
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BATON ROUGE, La.—The East West Copolymer plant in Baton Rouge ceased operations March 31. BATON ROUGE, La.—The East West Copolymer plant in Baton Rouge ceased operations March 31. $BATON ROUGE, La.—The East West Copolymer plant in Baton Rouge ceased operations March 31.
Aeolus seeks to raise $840 million for Pirelli deal
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JIAOZUO, China—China's Aeolus Tyre Co. Ltd. is seeking to raise $840 million through a public share offering to cover the cost of acquiring a 90 percent stake in Prometeon Tyre...
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JIAOZUO, China—Aeolus is seeking to raise $840 million through a public share offering to cover the cost of acquiring a 90 percent stake in Prometeon Tyre Group—Pirelli's commercial tire unit—and other industrial tire assets. JIAOZUO, China—Aeolus is seeking to raise $840 million through a public share offering to cover the cost of acquiring a 90 percent stake in Prometeon Tyre Group—Pirelli's commercial tire unit—and other industrial tire assets. $JIAOZUO, China—Aeolus is seeking to raise $840 million through a public share offering to cover the cost of acquiring a 90 percent stake in Prometeon Tyre Group—Pirelli's commercial tire unit—and other industrial tire assets.
Editorial: Synthetic rubber suppliers face a crude hard truth
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When crude prices go up, everything goes up. This observation—by Yuka Kimoto, director of marketing for Lion Elastomers—is the accepted wisdom in the synthetic rubber market, and with ...
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Considering oil prices alone, there is no reason to believe that feedstock prices—and, with them, SR prices—are coming down any time soon. However, according to authoritative sources, butadiene prices are starting to fall. Considering oil prices alone, there is no reason to believe that feedstock prices—and, with them, SR prices—are coming down any time soon. However, according to authoritative sources, butadiene prices are starting to fall. $Considering oil prices alone, there is no reason to believe that feedstock prices—and, with them, SR prices—are coming down any time soon. However, according to authoritative sources, butadiene prices are starting to fall.
Mining industry looks to dig out of slump in 2017
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The mining industry is having a difficult time digging itself out of a multi-year slump, but this year's outlook, while still sluggish, is expected to be an improvement compared to 2016, according ...
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The mining industry is having a difficult time digging itself out of a multi-year slump, but this year's outlook, while still sluggish, is expected to be an improvement compared to 2016, according to industry observers. The mining industry is having a difficult time digging itself out of a multi-year slump, but this year's outlook, while still sluggish, is expected to be an improvement compared to 2016, according to industry observers. $The mining industry is having a difficult time digging itself out of a multi-year slump, but this year's outlook, while still sluggish, is expected to be an improvement compared to 2016, according to industry observers.
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Published on September 5, 2014

Compact NMR helps tire, rubber testing

Rubber is soft like skin, muscle and tendon. So why not use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to visualize cross-link density distributions and layer structures of rubber products with magnetic resonance, when MRI works so well for diagnosing illness in soft biological tissue?
The problem comes when tires are to be studied. They are too large to fit into a whole-body magnet of a clinical MRI scanner, and they contain steel belts, which are vigorously attracted by the magnet. The solution to this problem came with the invention of the NMR-Mouse.
This is a compact MRI device with a permanent magnet of particular shape where the object is placed not inside but next to the magnet. The measured signal is collected in the stray field of the magnet so that the object can be arbitrarily large.
Moreover, the magnetic attraction between NMR-Mouse and the steel belt is not overwhelming so that information contained in one MRI pixel readily can be collected locally and non-destructively with the NMR-Mouse from tires with steel belts and from other rubber products. The pixel has the shape of a less than 0.1 mm thick nickel coin and can be shifted through the object to acquire depth profiles to study the layer structure at any location. The contrast can be adjusted in such a way that it scales with crosslink density or with proton density, which can be converted into gravimetric density.

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