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  • Rubber manufacturing in America: Tire makers pump billions into facilities

    Apr 07, 2014

    How is rubber manufacturing faring in America? What are its prospects for the future? Seven years after initially examining those questions, Rubber & Plastics News revisited that topic in our special report that we will publish online over the next week. Today, we examine the tire industry.

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  • Photo gallery: Tire sculptures in Washington D.C.

    Apr 07, 2014

    Artist Chakaia Booker used hundreds of scrap tires to create sculptures along the streets of Washington D.C.. Booker is an internationally renowned artist specializing in exploring the artistic potential of recycled tires. The titles of her New York Avenue Sculpture Project works include...

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  • From scrap to art: Scuptures beautify streets of D.C.

    Apr 07, 2014

    WASHINGTON—Since March 2012, drivers and pedestrians on New York Avenue Northwest in Washington D.C., between 12th and 13th Streets, have been treated to a rare sight: elegant, fanciful sculptures made from recycled scrap tires.

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  • California legislature introduces flame retardants bill

    Apr 07, 2014

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.—State Sen. Mark Leno has placed a bill before the state legislature in California requiring companies to make it clear to consumers if furniture made with polyurethane contains flame retardants.

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  • THEN AND NOW: James Hawk, Toyo Tire North America Inc.

    Apr 07, 2014

    RPN Executive Editor Bruce Meyer revisited manufacturers featured in the 2007 Rubber Manufacturing in America project. His vignettes will be featured on www.rubbernews.com over the next several days.

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  • Momentive hires firm for advice as bankruptcy looms

    By: Mary Childs, Bloomberg News Apr 07, 2014

    NEW YORK—A group of secured debt holders in Momentive Performance Materials Inc. hired Dechert L.L.P. for restructuring advice as the chemical maker's cash dwindles, and Standard & Poor's warns it may seek bankruptcy protection.

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  • Editorial: Tariffs hampered U.S. passenger, LT production

    Apr 07, 2014

    The tariffs on imports of consumer tires from China expired in September 2012, and the first full year of post-tariff import figures shows that the prospect of making entry-level tires in the U.S. is not good.

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  • A weekly look at new products, innovations

    Apr 07, 2014

    In our weekly online feature, we take a look at some of the newest products and innovations in the rubber industry.

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  • Ford selects Pirelli tire for new models

    Apr 07, 2014

    ROME, Ga.—Ford Motor Co. has selected a 22-inch version of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season tire as an original equipment fitment for the 2015 Lincoln Navigator and Ford Explorer SUVs.

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  • AIRIA, India to develop rubber policy together

    Apr 07, 2014

    MUMBAI—The government of India has agreed to help implement an ambitious National Policy on Rubber developed by the All India Rubber Industries Association, according to the AIRIA. Announced April 1, the policy designates the Indian rubber industry as a “Sunrise Sector”...

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  • Executive Action

    Apr 07, 2014

    Tech International selects vice president of marketing JOHNSTOWN, Ohio—Tech International has named Carol Rice vice president of marketing, North America. Rice will lead Tech International's marketing and business development strategies for its Tech Truflex/Pang, Pang Industrial and...

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  • Deadline News

    Apr 07, 2014

    Kenda plans Akron technical center COLUMBUS, Ohio—American Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd.plans to develop a research and development center in Akron, which the firm said will assist with North American testing and product development across all categories. This is in conjunction with the ...

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  • EPA fines importer

    Apr 07, 2014

    WASHINGTON—American Lifan Industry Inc., an Ontario, Calif.-based importer of Chinese motorcycles, engines and recreational vehicles, will pay $630,000 in civil penalties to settle Clean Air Act violations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on March 27. Also, American Lifan will...

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  • ASC to manage adhesion group's meeting, services

    Apr 07, 2014

    BETHESDA, Md.—The Adhesion Society has signed a three-year agreement with the Adhesive and Sealant Council to have the ASC manage the society's annual meeting, oversee its membership effort and serve as the council's home office. The contract is an extension of the one-year pact between the...

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  • AirBoss to supply compound for Ontario retreading firm

    Apr 07, 2014

    KITCHENER, Ontario—Green Arc Tire Manufacturing Inc., a passenger tire retreading start-up still in the process of setting up a plant in St. Marys, Ontario, has struck a deal with rubber compounding specialist AirBoss of America Corp. for the supply of up to 24 million pounds of rubber annually. ...

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  • Blumenthal will retire from RMA

    Apr 07, 2014

    WASHINGTON—Michael Blumenthal, vice president of environment & resource recovery with the Rubber Manufacturers Association, will retire effective July 11. A 24-year veteran of the RMA, Blumenthal has long been the tire industry's most visible spokesman on the subject of scrap tires and its...

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