Expansions, court rulings against price-fixers and more tire plants being built or planned for the U.S. were among the many news stories that the rubber industry produced in 2014. Here is a look at March and April.
2014 Year in Review: March, April
A federal judge in Des Moines, Iowa, orders Titan Tire Corp. and Dico Tire Corp. to pay nearly $3.1 million to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agen-cy for tearing down buildings the EPA said were contaminated with hazardous substances.
Goodyear retires its 14-year-old “Spirit of Goodyear” blimp.
The emulsion SBR plant in Baton Rouge that Lion Copolymer L.L.C. closed last December gets a new lease on life as East West Copolymer L.L.C.
Synthetic rubber industry supplier Anderson International Corp. launches an expansion of its Stow, Ohio, facility to accommodate rapid growth.
Synthetic rubber producer Lanxess A.G. and tire maker Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. move to work together to develop SR technologies for high-performance tires.
Cooper Standard Automotive Inc. embarks on expansions in Serbia, India, China and Mexico, and its parent company considers refinancing its debt.
Boyd Corp. enters into an agreement to purchase the Asian and European die-cut business of Brady Corp. for about $90 million.
The EPDM Roofing Association challenges a study by Lawrence Berkley Laboratory that recommends policy makers phase out black EPDM roofing membranes because they pose a public health risk.
A group led by Gladstone Investment Corp. purchases Edge Elastomers Holdings Inc.
Freudenberg Group begins investing $16.6 million in its Brazilian non-woven and seal production facilities.
Chinese passenger and light-truck tire makers increased their exports to the U.S. significantly in 2013, according to data from the U.S. Commerce Dept.
ExxonMobil Corp. plans to build facilities to make halobutyl rubber and hydrogenated hydrocarbon resin at a petrochemical complex in Singapore.
EnPro Industries Inc. subsidiaries make two acquisitions that allow the firm's Seal Products operations to expand its product lines and global presence.
The Rubber Manufacturers Association tells the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it doesn't oppose an expansion of information collection of Uniform Tire Quality Grading, with some reservations.
Styron Europe GmbH agrees to buy JSR Corp.'s capacity rights at a solution SBR facility in Germany.
A report shows the U.S. tire manufacturers, rather than abandoning production in the U.S., earmarked $275 million for expansion projects for North America in 2012.
American Kenda Industrial Co. Ltd. plans to open a technical center in Akron.
Momentive Performance Materials Inc. considers filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection.
Passenger tire retreader Green Tire Manufacturing Inc. signs on AirBoss of America Corp. to supply rubber compound at a startup plant in Ontario.
East West Copolymer L.L.C. signs T.L. Squire & Co. Ltd. to handle the sales and marketing of SBR it will produce at a revived plant in Baton Rouge, La.
The Indian government agrees to help implement an ambitious National Policy on Rubber developed by the All India Rubber Industries Association.
Goldsmith & Eggleton L.L.C. completes an improvement and expansion project at its plant in Wadsworth, Ohio.
Blackstone Group L.P. moves to take ownership of Gates Corp. by acquiring the company's parent, Pinafore Holdings B.V., which ultimately is owned by Onex Corp. and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
One former Bridgestone Corp. executive pleads guilty and two others are indicted in an anti-vibration products price-fixing scandal.
Desma USA Inc. expands a facility in Hebron, Ky., to meet increased demand.
Precision Polymer Engineering Ltd. breaks ground on its first U.S. plant, to be built in Brenham, Texas.
Belofram Silicones Inc. expands its facility in Newell, W. Va.
Via a machinery purchase, Rogan Corp. increases its thermoplastic elastomer molding capacity.