As Rubber & Plastics News prepares to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, we're pausing to look at the rubber industry's unique history, its impact on our everyday lives and the people and companies who have helped to define it today.
In every issue leading up to our special 50th Anniversary edition on Aug. 9, we'll explore a new list of 5—businesses, discoveries and innovations, moments and organizations that have changed or are changing the industry. When our 50th anniversary issue arrives, you'll have a total of 50 companies, people, innovations and moments who have helped to define the last five decades.
1. ACS Rubber Division
With a history that extends more than a century, the ACS Rubber Division brings together rubber industry professionals from around the globe to connect, network, learn and build an all-around stronger industry through innovation and business growth.
Part of the American Chemical Society, the Rubber Division's initiatives provide opportunities for chemists, engineers, technicians, scientists, plant managers, sales and marketing professionals to grow professionally and bolster their careers.
Twice annually, the Rubber Division brings the industry together for technical conferences and industry honors. The annual expo, held in conjunction with the fall technical conference, is a premier industry event.
Annually, the organization honors some of the most distinguished professionals, businesses and academic work. The Rubber Division's highest honor—the Charles Goodyear Medal—recognizes those whose lifetime achievements have left the industry changed for the better.
To learn more about the Rubber Division, visit rubber.org.