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  • Tire firms reducing work force

    Jan 26, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa—Two large tire manufacturers are starting the year off with layoffs in the U.S. Bridgestone Americas Inc.'s Tire Operations announced a voluntary layoff at its Des Moines agriculture tire manufacturing plant, and Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia L.L.C. announced...

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  • IRSG forecasts 1.8% rubber growth

    Jan 26, 2015

    SINGAPORE—Total world rubber demand will grow 1.8 percent in 2015 and 4.1 percent in 2016, according to the December 2014 issue of the World Rubber Industry Outlook available from the International Rubber Study Group. This forecast translates to demand of 29.1 million metric tons in 2015...

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  • Products

    Jan 26, 2015

    Dow Corning Corp. has expanded its construction offerings to a water-based 100-percent silicone air barrier system. Evaluated by the Air Barrier Association of America, Dow Corning said its Silicone Air Barrier System is a suite of compatible high-performance silicone tech-nologies designed to...

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  • Executive action

    Jan 26, 2015

    Apollo re-designates CFO to chief business officer KOCHI, India—Apollo Tyres said it will re-designate Sunam Sarkar, its president and chief financial officer, to the position of president and chief business officer. He will relocate to Singapore, the firm said. Sarkar joined Apollo in...

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  • RMA predicts small growth for tire shipments

    Jan 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON—Led by double-digit increases in original equipment and replacement truck tire shipments, overall U.S. tire shipments reached nearly 310 million units for 2014, or an improvement of about 4.7 percent over 2013, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association. But the trade...

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  • Deadline news

    Jan 26, 2015

    U.S. sets preliminary duties on Chinese tires WASHINGTON—The Commerce Department's International Trade Administration has made an affirmative preliminary determination in its antidumping duty investigation of passenger and light truck tires imported from China. The preliminary China-Wide...

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  • Board projects rubber growth

    By: Shahrzad Pourriahi European Rubber Journal Jan 26, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—The Malaysian Rubber Board has forecast a less gloomy 2015 for rubber, saying it is “expected to recover” from the declines and doldrums of last year.

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  • Mitas to test TKS ag tires

    Jan 26, 2015

    PRAGUE, Czech Republic—Agricultural tire specialist Mitas A.S. is planning to test a farm tire made using rubber derived from Taraxacum koksaghyz (Kazakh dandelion). Mitas said it plans to mix the dandelion-derived rubber with rubber tree latex in the compound of a prototype tire. The tire...

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  • Liberty, Lehigh share capabilities under new pact

    Jan 26, 2015

    ATLANTA—Lehigh Technologies and Liberty Tire Recycling have signed a distribution agreement involving Lehigh's proprietary Rheopave rubber-modified-asphalt technology. According to the Jan. 14 agreement, Lehigh said that Liberty Tire will provide sales, service and support for Rheopave in...

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  • Equity firm acquires U.S. Farathane

    Jan 26, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich.—The Gores Group, a private equity firm, has acquired Auburn Hills-based injection molder U.S. Farathane Corp. for more than $100 million. Los Angeles-based Gores Group is led by Alec Gores, brother of Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores. U.S. Farathane CEO Andy Greenlee...

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  • Obama State of the Union speech draws varied reactions

    Jan 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON—President Obama's State of the Union address was either wonderful, despicable or somewhere in-between, depending on the viewpoints of various commenters. The president set forth his agenda in his annual speech before a joint session of Congress on Jan. 20. This agenda included new ...

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