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Founded in 1971, Rubber & Plastics News serves rubber product manufacturers primarily engaged in the production of tires and inner tubes, rubber and plastic footwear, reclaimed rubber, rubber and plastic hose and belting, fabricated rubber products, rubber adhesives and wire and cable products. RPN readers include executives, managers, engineers and chemists involved in research and development, quality control, operations and production, engineering testing and analysis, purchasing and sales and marketing. Also served are suppliers, consultants and independent laboratories and manufacturers that are not specified as primary rubber product producers as well as OEM users of rubber components and universities.

Rubber & Plastics News is published every other Monday. In addition to domestic and international rubber industry news, the newspaper covers new technology and products, marketing and executive action. In-depth special reports are published regularly on Custom Mixing, Rubber Machinery, Molded Goods, Automotive Parts, the Global Tire Industry, Hose and Belting.

Rubber & Plastics News' website - www.rubbernews.com - has news updated daily and an extensive online archive as well as statistics and rankings. RPN's website houses the rubber industry's most comprehensive offering of web-based news products. Daily rubber industry news headlines are sent by e-mail to thousands of subscribers, along with the weekly e-newsletter Global Tire News, the bi-weekly e-newsletter Silicone News and the monthly e-newsletter Latex News.

RPN's Rubber Directory and Buyers Guide is the industry's leading online source for locating thousands of rubber product manufacturers and suppliers. Searches can be conducted by products and markets served, base rubber materials, machinery and equipment and even geographically.

RPN also produces conferences and trade shows for specific segments of the rubber industry including: the International Tire Exhibition & Conference (ITEC), the International Latex Conference, the International Silicone Conference, and the Hose Manufacturers' Conference.

Rubber & Plastics News is owned by Crain Communications Inc., which publishes about 30 U.S. and international business and consumer publications, including Automotive News, Advertising Age, Tire Business, Plastics News, Plastics and Rubber Weekly and AutoWeek. Crain's editorial tenet-that the reader comes first-distinguishes the company from its competitors.

Subscribers to Rubber & Plastics News enjoy 25 print issues a year, access to all areas of RubberNews.com, the print edition of the Rubber Directory and Buyers Guide and daily e-mail news headlines. Online-only subscriptions also are available.