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.
We also examined the merger between chemical giants Dow and Dupont and looked at the fines Goodyear received after the deaths of five workers. We explored how Hurricane Harvey impacted the industry and how GM is shaping it with its commitment to sustainable natural rubber.
Today, we take a look at the No. 4 story of 2017.
4. Calls for duties
The International Trade Commission wrapped up another busy year with mixed results for U.S. manufacturers.
It heard arguments presented by U.S. manufacturers and the USW on multiple fronts—most in the tire arena—over whether to levy antidumping and countervailing duties on off-the-road tires from India and Sri Lanka and truck/bus tire imports from China.
The ITC voted 5-0 to impose duties on OTR imports from India, but voted 3-2 against levying duties on TBR imports from China, inspiring many U.S. manufacturers to voice their disagreement with the decision.
It also levied duties on ESBR imports from Mexico, Brazil, Poland and South Korea. Unfortunately, that relief came too late for startup East West Copolymer, which filed for bankruptcy in April and first shuttered, then sold, its plant in Baton Rouge, La.