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The Month in Review - Past 30 Days

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Bridgestone recalls 36,000 truck tires for tread seperation
Apollo Tyres' net profit up 27 percent in April through December of 2015
Goodyear reports record fourth quarter
B&W awarded $15 million contract to supply environmental equipment for carbon black facility
TMM USA Inc., a subsidiary of Toyo Tire & Rubber, will invest $5.6 million in KY facility
DuPont expands thermal testing capability in Asia and Latin America
Titan International, Inc. announces fourth quarter 2015 earnings conference call and webcast

Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Birla Carbon wins top honors at Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards in Singapore
Dow announces appointment of James R. Fitterling as President and Chief Operating Officer
Huntsman Corporation declares dividend on common stock
Lubrizol announces the official opening of compounding plant in Dahej, India
LyondellBasell sells Argentina-based Petroken to Grupo Inversor Petroquímica S.L.
RPM International Inc. reported a 20% increase in net income in the second quarter
Continental to build $1.4 billion commercial tire plant in Mississippi

Monday, February 08, 2016
Kumho Tire announces new CEO
Dow Corning reports 10 percent increase in net income in 2015
Cooper Standard expands China footprint with opening of two additional facilities
Malaysia, Indonesia & Thailand to cut rubber exports in attempt to shore up prices
WACKER lifts sales above €5 billion for the first time
PolyOne Corporation reports record fourth quarter and full year results
Bridgestone Americas is expanding their Wilson, NC passenger tire facility

Friday, February 05, 2016
189th Technical Meeting & Educational Symposium, San Antonio, TX; April 18-21
Book of the day - Rubber Molding Principles
Parker Hannifin has added Parprene Tubing to their offerings
Non-destructive testing equipment market forecast to grow to 4.78 billion USD by 2021
Evonik enters into research partnership with Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
Trelleborg reports fourth quarter and year-end results

Thursday, February 04, 2016
Aircraft tires market is projected to reach USD 1.37 Billion by 2020
Dow Corning launches three new advanced bio-medical grade Liquid Silicone Rubber
Global automotive rubber hoses market to grow at a CAGR of 4.2%
PolyOne acquires certain TPE assets from Kraton Performance Polymers

Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Cold Jet strengthens its position in the tire industry
Preferred Compounding purchased by company managers and private equity firm
Continental reorganized its truck tires replacement business
Rubber technology courses held in Germany
Jose Briones joins Orion Engineered Carbons as marketing manager
Global nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) market is expected to reach $2.68 billion by 2020 acquires The Freedonia Group

Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Global silicone market is projected to grow with a CAGR of 6.0 percent through 2020
Sumitomo cured its first Falken branded tire in North America
Bridgestone recalls trailer tires
J.M. Huber acquires the Martinswerk fire retardant additives business from Albermarle
USW files petition against Chinese truck and bus tire imports
Goodyear launches new Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 high-performance tire

Monday, February 01, 2016
Goodyear unveiled its longest-wearing waste haul tire and matching retread
Trelleborg reported to be in talks to sell off its stake in TrelleborgVibracoustic
Thailand approves $42 million in loans to help rubber farmers
Global synthetic rubber market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 5.1 percent
North American thermoplastic elastomers market forecast to grow with 5 percent CAGR through 2020

Friday, January 29, 2016
VMI launches the VMI Milexx truck tire building machine
GRTE 2016 pre-registered visitors receive free reference book on rubber mixing
Rhein Chemie Additives to present at the Tire Technology Expo 2016
Rubber Division, ACS to unveil new elastomer training center
R.D. Abbott hires new executive director
Trelleborg inaugurates its new manufacturing facility for agricultural tires in South Carolina
Smithers Rapra to present at the 2016 Tire Technology Expo

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Dow names Neal Sheorey vice president, investor relations
Omsk Carbon to bring Belarus carbon black plant online this summer
BFGoodrich becomes the official tire supplier for the Red Bull GRC series
Yokohama Tire Corporation has earned Caterpillar’s premier supplier award
Zinc Oxide, LLC names Micro S.A. De C.V. distributor for Mexico, Central and South America
Goodyear will report fourth quarter 2015 financial results on February 9
TSR will showcase its latest developments at the Tire Technology Expo in Hanover

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Thai government is targeting some $10 billion worth of investments for the Rubber City development
Yokohama Rubber opens winter tire test course in Hokkaido
AkzoNobel recognized for sustainability excellence
PPG Industries announced executive appointments
Trelleborg’s year-end report and presentation/telephone conference to be held February 4
Dow Corning launches Molykote brand grease with double-duty technology
GRRF 2016 highlights research needs of the rubber industry

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Hankook Tire’s design innovation in collaboration with Vibram spotlighted at ISPO Munich
Synthetic latex polymers market forecast to grow at a 3 percent CAGR through 2019
BASF increases prices for TDI
Ford Focus RS will be exclusively equipped with Michelin tires
Asia accounts for 93 percent of the world's natural rubber production
India’s natural rubber output drops 14 percent in April-December
AkzoNobel acquires full control of hydrogen peroxide joint venture

Monday, January 25, 2016
Senators Nelson and Blumenthal request a federal study into the use of crumb rubber in artificial turf surfaces
India's natural rubber imports rose by 8 percent in December
Songwon’s new additives plant in Kizad, Abu Dhabi is now operational
Lanxess announces Dirk Van Meirvenne to take charge of Advanced Industrial Intermediates business unit
Indian rubber associations criticize the government's port restrictions in NR imports

Friday, January 22, 2016
Minnesota Rubber and Plastics’ River Falls Wisconsin facility receives Torlon processing certification
Book of the day - Resistance and Stability of Polymers
Malaysian Rubber Products Manufacturers’ Association welcomes Malaysia's impending membership into TPPA
Dow Corning introduces silicone resin for high temperature resistant, room temperature curing coatings
Apollo Tyres inaugurated India’s recycled rubber ‘Go The Distance’ football pitch in Powai, Mumbai
India puts curbs on rubber imports as domestic prices decline
Cooper Tire establishes new sales office in Brazil

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Tristan Rubber Molding manufacturing facilities destroyed by fire
New graphene elastomer exceeds sensitivity of human skin
Low rubber prices make tapping unviable for Indian farmers
ARPM is now offering online training courses to members
Global automotive rubber hoses market forcast to grow at a CAGR of 4.2 percent
Omnova Solutions reports loss for full year and fourth quarter
Chicago Rubber Group announces Rubber Technology Course and 2016 events

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Greene, Tweed opens Elastomer Center of Excellence in Kulpsville, PA
Thailand sets aside $148 million for rubber buying program to aid farmers
Rubber Sheet Roll LLC opens two facilities in the Phoenix, AZ
India starts rubber anti-dumping probe against EU, Korea and Thailand
Rubber Division, ACS announces call for abstracts for the student colloquium and poster session
Cooper Tire & Rubber to release fourth quarter and full year 2015 financial results

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Sri Lanka rubber exports down by 12 percent in 2015
Poster submission for Global Rubber Reseach Fair 2016 in Thailand
Goodyear declares quarterly dividend
Styrolution has changed company name to Ineos Styrolution
Ohio Rubber Group announces 2016 officers and events
Wacker expands production capacity for high-quality silicone fluids at Burghausen site
TA Instruments announces move of the Electroforce Group

Monday, January 18, 2016
Five Precision Polymer Engineering products pass Total GS PVV 142 general specifications
AkzoNobel and Evonik break ground for production joint venture in Germany
Wacker launches new high-refractive-index silicones for LEDs
Goodyear renews title sponsorship of Cotton Bowl with multi-year agreement
Evonik expands venture capital activities into Asia
Orion Engineered Carbon finalizes acquisition of carbon black plant in China
Early registration for the Rubber Division, ACS 189th Technical Meeting & Educational Symposium is now open

Friday, January 15, 2016
Celanese to expand manufacturing production capacity for its GUR product line
Thailand government agrees to purchase 100,000 tons of rubber directly from growers
Toyota honors Camso with SEQCD Award
ARPM announces departure of two board members
H.B. Fuller Company reported financial results for the fourth quarter
Hankook is recalling Ventus S1 Noble 2 tires for potential sidewall defect
ContiTech industrial hose plant in Iowa announces $7.2 million expansion

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Synthetic rubber producers set program for 2016 association meeting
BASF names Horn global distributor of the year
Goodyear Dunlop receives Q1 certification from Ford
Imports remain major concern for U.S. SBR in 2016
Malaysian rubber production drops 28 percent in latest government report as imports increase
Conveyor belt manufacturer Fenner to lay off one fifth of their North American work force
Bluestar Silicones and Basoğlu Kablo to create a rubber compounding center in Turkey

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Michelin introduces new Pilot Sport all-season tire at North American International Auto Show
The 7th China International Rubber Oil Summit 2016 will take place on April in Hangzhou, China
A. Schulman reports fiscal 2016 first quarter results
Thailand's military government pledges aid for rubber farmers
USA Rubber Industry Forum 2016 announces call for papers and exhibition booking
Kraiburg TPE starts full-scale production of Thermolast V product line

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Belshina to commission a manufacturing unit to produce heavy and extra heavy-duty dump trucks tires
Thai government orders ministries to buy rubber from farmers
Titan International, Inc. files for relief from unfairly traded OTR tire imports from China, India and Sri Lanka
KraussMaffei Gruppe acquired by China National Chemical Corporation for €925 million
ContiTech plant in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, announces $7.2 million expansion
Marian Inc. will exhibit at the MD&M West

Monday, January 11, 2016
Freudenberg Medical expands silicone operations in California
Jack McLaughlin named Business Development Manager for Butyl Rubbers at Channel Prime Alliance
2016 National Tire Safety Week dates announced
Teknor Apex to feature new halogen-free flame retardant compound for fiber optic cables at Wire 2016
Gabriel Performance Products acquires InChem Corporation’s phenoxy resin business
Liberian rubber growers fear lay-offs in the thousands
Thai prime minister vows no grants for rubber growers

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