• Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd. plans to purchase Cancarb Ltd.
• ContiTech agrees to buy Veyance Technologies Inc., formerly Goodyear Engineered Products.
• Cooper Standard plans to expand in Serbia, India and China.
• The Rubber Association of Canada becomes the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada.
• Goodyear launches Wingfoot One.
• Arkema S.A. offers to buy Bostik S.A. for $2.2 billion.
• Hankook Tire Inc. breaks ground on a Tennessee tire plant.
• Terry DeLapa becomes the first woman to chair the Rubber Division.
• Goodyear and Sumitomo agree to dissolve 16-year partnership.
• PanAridus L.L.C. claims to be successfully commercializing guayule.
• Ohio Agricultural Research Center makes progress with developing Russian dandelion as a viable rubber source.
• Complast Solideal Inc. changes its name to Camso Ltd.
• Lanxess A.G. plans to spin off rubber business.
• Henniges Automotive Inc. is sold to a Chinese state-owned company, which launches expansions efforts in all regions.
• Dow Chemical Co. gains full control over Dow Corning Corp., paying $4.8 billion in cash to Corning Inc.
• USW and Titan seek duties on OTR and truck/bus tires from China and other Asian nations.
• Audax Private Equity buys Preferred Compounding Corp.
• Continental confirms it will build a commercial truck tire plant in the U.S. and later breaks ground in Clinton, Miss.
• Home Rubber Co. celebrates its 135th anniversary.
• PolyOne buys Kraton Performance Polymers Inc.
• Roy Armes plans to retire from Cooper Tire. Brad Hughes is selected as his successor.
• Rubber Division opens training center in Akron.
• Lanxess expects to triple size of additives business with acquisition of Chemtura Corp.
• ChemChina buys Pirelli.
• SR prices rise with raw material shortages and price increases. Meanwhile, NR prices drop despite demand outpacing supply.
• Giti and Hankook open tire plants in Richburg, S.C, and Clarksville, Tenn., respectively.
• Nokian Tyres plans to build a plant in Tennessee, while Triangle eyes a location in North Carolina.
• The ITC imposes duties on OTR tires imported from India and Sri Lanka and truck/bus tires from China.
• General Motors champions sustainable natural rubber chains, joining forces with Bridgestone, Michelin, Goodyear and Continental.
• Hurricane Harvey devastates Houston and impacts the rubber industry.
• Goodyear is fined $1.75 million by the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health for work-related deaths at its facilities in the previous two years. The U.S. OSHA levies a $27,713 fine for a fatal accident at the company's Topeka, Kan., plant.
• Dow and DuPont complete a merger that is 20 months in the making and begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
• President Trump declares a trade war that begins with tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. At first Mexico and Canada are exempt, but the over-arching tariffs eventually include both countries and the European Union.
• Mobility becomes a focus of auto makers and their suppliers as companies across the board build autonomous and electric vehicle technologies.
• Silicone capacity tightens. The issue began in 2017 when suppliers fell behind demand and were unable to catch up.
• Michelin buys Fenner and Camso for $1.7 billion and $1.45 billion, respectively.
• Tenneco agrees to buy Federal-Mogul for $5.4 billion.
• Gates Industrial P.L.C. goes public, trading as GTES.
• Alliance Rubber Co. petitions the ITC for relief from rubber band imports from Thailand, China and Sri Lanka.