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RPN hires online editor

AKRON—Veteran journalist Erin Pustay Beaven has joined Rubber & Plastics News and its sister publication Tire Business as online content editor.

Pustay Beaven brings more than 10 years of journalism experience and a background in social media to her new role, in which she will focus on enhancing, monitoring and managing the websites and social media platforms for both publications.

She most recently was editor of The Suburbanite and affiliated publications in Canton, Ohio, overseeing a staff of 17 writers and three photographers and managing content for two weekly and one biweekly publication.

She previously served as an education writer and web content producer for The Independent (2005-13) in Massillon, Ohio, and editorial assistant for The Repository in Canton.

European Union approves Trelleborg purchase of Mitas

STOCKHOLM, Sweden—The European Commission has granted approval to Trelleborg's proposed $1.26 billion acquisition of Mitas' parent company, CGS holding.

The European authority focused its assessment on the original equipment manufacturers and new replacement tire markets for use with agricultural equipment.

A Trelleborg spokeswoman said that completion of the deal was expected to take a few more weeks. She said the European Union was the last group of authorities from which the firms needed to receive approval.

She added that it was too early to talk about post transactions events.

Elsewhere in its report, the EC also found that other strong competitors, such as Michelin and Bridgestone, would continue to exercise a competitive constraint on the merged entity.

“Moreover, Continental and Pirelli have both announced their intention to re-enter the agricultural tire market in the European Economic Area and Indian suppliers such as BKT and Alliance are improving their market positions,” the EC said.