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  • Goodyear targets 'balanced approach'

    Apr 20, 2015

    AKRON—Goodyear's management told shareholders at their annual meeting in Akron on April 13 that the company is targeting long-term growth through “a balanced approach of investing in our business and carefully managing costs.” Chairman and CEO Richard Kramer noted the tire...

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  • Rubber group forecasts abundant supply of NR, SR

    Apr 20, 2015

    GUANGDONG, China—An international rubber group forecasts that natural rubber and synthetic rubber will have an abundant supply in the years to come. Stephen Evans, secretary general of International Rubber Study Group, said that by the year 2020, there will be a surplus of 1 million tons...

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  • Columbian JV eyes carbon black plant

    By: Jane Ho European Rubber Journal Apr 20, 2015

    SHANDONG, China—Columbian Chemicals (Jining), a joint venture with China's Jining Carbon Group, plans to build a 240,000 metric tons per year carbon black project, according to the company.

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  • Firm agrees to pay fine, improve plant

    Apr 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON—Continental Carbon Co. has agreed to pay more than $99 million to mitigate alleged excessive emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said. By undertaking the plant improvements mandated in the settlement, Continental figures it...

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  • Executives on the move

    Apr 20, 2015

    Dow Corning appoints president for China region SHANGHAI—Dow Corning has appointed Jeroen Bloemhard as its new greater China president. The executive brings more than 20 years of experience in the silicones industry and will lead the corporate management of the greater China team. This is...

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  • A look at some new products

    Apr 20, 2015

    Master Bond Inc. said its EP21AOLV-2Med is often selected for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications in the medical device industry because of its biocompatibility and cytotoxicity certifications. The EP21AOLV-2Med is a two-component epoxy system that withstands a variety of...

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  • An RPN call for papers

    Apr 20, 2015

    Dear Industry colleagues: Rubber & Plastics News publishes a Technical Notebook paper in each issue. These papers often are based on excellent work that has been presented but remains unpublished. We also independently seek work from individuals and companies who have demonstrated creative...

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  • NHTSA changing tire identification number formats

    Apr 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a final rule making good on its proposals to make fundamental changes to the formats of tire identification numbers. The notice, published April 13 in the Federal Register, goes into effect immediately. To expand the ...

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  • New CEO Dinelli aims to build Pirelli brand

    Apr 20, 2015

    NEW YORK—Pirelli Tire North America Inc.'s new chairman and CEO, Pierluigi Dinelli, has a list of strategies to achieve his goal of growing the Pirelli brand in North America. Among the items on his to-do list are: c Develop a wider range of products dedicated to the market, especially...

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  • SEC charges two with insider trading

    Apr 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON—The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged two investors with illegally profiting from insider trading in connection with the failed acquisition of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. by Apollo Tyres Ltd. Amit Kanodia, an entrepreneur and private equity investor based in Brookline,...

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  • ChemChina reaches agreement for more shares of Pirelli

    Apr 20, 2015

    BEIJING—China National Tire & Rubber Co. (CNRC) has signed a binding agreement with Edizione s.r.l. to acquire an additional stake of Pirelli & C. S.p.A., giving the Chinese tire maker more than 30 percent of Pirelli's ordinary shares under contract. CNRC, a subsidiary of China National...

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  • Apollo breaks ground on Hungary tire plant

    Apr 20, 2015

    GYONGYOSHALASZ, Hungary—Apollo Tyres Ltd. and Hungarian government officials laid the ceremonial cornerstone on April 10 for the Indian tire maker's $615 million tire plant in Gyongyoshalasz, a community of about 2,500 roughly 65 miles east of Budapest. Apollo Tyres Chairman Onkar Kanwar...

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