WASHINGTON (Nov. 27)—The Rubber Manufacturers Association said it is changing the name of its General Products Group, made up of non-tire, industrial products companies, to the Elastomer Products Group to recognize the role of thermoplastic elastomers in the segment.
TPEs' growing popularity encouraged the RMA to reach out more aggressively to TPE resin products and product makers as a natural progression for the GPG, according to Kevin D. Ott, vice president of the Elastomer Products Group. He said the newly christened group will serve as a business voice for both the traditional thermoset elastomer sector and the TPE industry.
The General Products Group evolved from what once was the non-tire divisions of the RMA, in particular, the Molded & Extruded Products Division. In 1991 the RMA split into a Tire Products Group and the General Products Group.
The Elastomer Products Group will hold its annual meeting Feb. 26 in Tucson, Ariz.