Chemtura increasing EPDM rubber prices
Chemtura Corp. will increase the prices of all Royalene-, RoyalEdge- and Trilene-brand EPDM products, as well as Royaltherm-brand silicone-modified EPDM, on Jan. 30, where allowed by contract.
The hikes for the various EPDM types include oil-extended grades: 8 cents per pound; clear grades (with the exception of Royalene 521), 12 cents per pound; Royalene 521 and Royalene grades, 15 cents per pound; and Trilene grades and Royaltherm silicone- modified EPDM, 25 cents per pound
In addition, the firm raised prices 5 to 15 percent on all mixed metal stabilizers for all package sizes.
RMA sets April 23-29 as National Tire Safety Week
The fifth annual National Tire Safety Week will be held April 23-29, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association.
The event is an initiative of RMA's ``Be Tire Smart-Play Your PART'' program, designed to help drivers learn the simple steps they can take to ensure their tires are in good working condition. The RMA's tire manufacturer members fund the activity.
Participation in National Tire Safety Week has grown steadily since the event began in 2002, following a series of well-publicized tire recalls.
Rubber Roller Group selling technical handbook
The new technical handbook from the Rubber Roller Group-``The Guide to Elastomeric Covered Rolls''-is in print and ready for purchase.
John Slotten of Valley Roller Co. served as editor-in-chief for the publication, which is the only textbook available in print today for the roll industry.
The handbook costs $50 and is available only to RRG members. To place a handbook order or to join the organization, contact the RRG office at 503-557-9919, Ext. 117, or visit its Web site at www.rubberrollergroup.com.
Pirelli, Hankook make Ford preferred suppliers list
Pirelli & C. S.p.A. and Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. are among the latest 12 suppliers named by Ford Motor Co. to its list of preferred parts makers.
The new preferred supplier list is part of an effort at Ford to improve its historically combative purchasing policies. Pirelli and Hankook are the first tire companies selected.
Cardinal Health acquires full control of distributor
Cardinal Health Inc. has purchased partner MDS Inc.'s interest in Source Medical Corp. for about $67 million to become the sole owner of the medical supply distributor.
MDS sold its 49-percent share to focus on the global sciences markets, it said.
Cardinal Health bought the Toronto-based firm to put it in a position to better serve its growing customer base in Canada, the firm said.
IISRP publishes latest data on synthetic rubber
The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers has released the 2005 edition of ``Worldwide Rubber Statistics,'' the authoritative source of data about synthetic rubber, and it is available for sale to interested parties.
This edition of the 75-page book, which has been published annually for the last 25 years, focuses exclusively on global capacity, according to James L. McGraw, IISRP managing director and CEO. In addition, the geographic regions have been realigned to reflect the current business environment.
The book is available on the IISRP Web site for $1,050 for the general public and $20,000 for non-member producers.
For information, go to the site at www.iisrp.com/publications or fax 713-783-7253.
Lanxess picks Dorsett & Jackson as distributor
Lanxess Corp. has named Dorsett & Jackson Inc. a distributor of its Borchers additives business in the Western U.S.
Dorsett & Jackson will handle sales in Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wy-oming and Utah.
Borchers additives are used in adhesives, coatings, paints, inks and other polymeric products.