There's always something new and exciting going on in the rubber industry, and 2017 was no exception.
The year saw many more acquisitions, disputes and breakthroughs, not to mention industry-wide trends affecting manufacturers worldwide.
It's easy to lose track of what transpired, so RPN is here to help. We've compiled what the editorial staff saw as the 10 biggest stories in the industry. In addition, we've put together a recap to some of the other major events that had a broad impact in a variety of industry sectors.
As we prepare for another exciting year, join us as we look back at 2017.
We started our countdown with Judit Puskas, whose career was celebrated this year when she became the first female recipient of the ACS Rubber Division's Charles Goodyear Medal, and continued with a look at the slow rebound of the oil and gas industry.
Today, we take a look at the No. 6 story of 2017.