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The Month in Review - Past 30 Days

Friday, February 24, 2017
Accella agrees to purchase spray polyurethane foam business from Covestro
Tire market in Colombia is anticipated to cross $1.5 billion by 2022
Registration is now open for USA Rubber Industry Forum 2017 being held in Pittsburgh, PA
Global styrene butadiene latex market forecast to reach $9.12 billion by 2023
Book of the Day - Resistance and Stability of Polymers

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) conductive silicone market forecast at $879 million by 2021
Cooper Tire & Rubber to recall certain Discover M+S Sport tires
Global construction adhesive and sealant market forecast to reach $12 billion by 2020
India's natural rubber production continues to grow

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Goodyear recognized by Fortune as world’s most admired tiremaker
Asia Pacific conductive silicone market forecast to reach $1.99 billion by 2021
Yokohama reports declining profits for fiscal 2016
Leaf fall disease strikes early in India, may lead to rubber production shortages
India approves second phase to train 22,000 rubber tappers and processors

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
ExxonMobil breaks ground on multi-million dollar Shanghai Technology Center expansion
Goodyear reveals plans for arrival of next generation blimp in 2017
Bluestar Silicones celebrated its 10th anniversary
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company announces a quarterly dividend and share repurchase program

Monday, February 20, 2017
Titan announces '100-Day Promise' customer satisfaction program for farm tire line
Solvay Silica unveils performance highly dispersible silica at Tire Technology Expo
Nokian Heavy Tyres launches new Nokian Hakkapeliitta truck F2 steer-axle tire
Trelleborg launches rotary seal allowing equipment to run faster at high pressure
VMI wins Tire Industry Supplier of the Year award at Tire Technology Expo 2017
Tire Technology International Awards winners announced

Friday, February 17, 2017
Michelin considers price increases to cover rising rubber costs
Nexen Tire wins several product design awards
Kraiburg TPE opens a new regional headquarters and production facility
Lion Elastomers to increase prices of EPDM products
Teknor Apex achieves ISO-13485 certification for its TPE production facility in Singapore

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Evonik announces price increase for Visiomer monomer line
Kraton Corporation announces fourth quarter 2016 earnings release conference call and webcast
Clariant Chemicals reports record sales in 2016
Bridgestone receives highest rating in CDP’s supplier engagement rating
DuPont reaches $670.7 million global settlement of multi-district PFOA litigation

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Sumitomo Rubber Industries completes acquisition of Micheldever Group Ltd.
Rubber Division, ACS rubber technology training and scholarship application deadline is March 1
North American conductive silicone market is projected to reach $907 million by 2021
Carnegie Mellon researchers develop a thermally conductive rubber
Sumitomo Rubber Industries says surging raw material prices to impact earnings

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Malaysia leads the world in rubber glove production at 133.6 billion pieces
Toyo Tire expands commercial tire line
Goodyear to pay $1.75 million to settle workplace health and safety violations at its Danville tire plant
Vietnam, Japan produce 'carbon-free' rubber
Researchers invent process to produce renewable car tires from trees, grass

Monday, February 13, 2017
Dow Corning to discuss design benefits of thermally conductive silicone at EV/HEV in Berlin
VMI introduces VMI Remote Guidance
Researchers have developed a 3D printable elastomer that can stretch up to 1,100 percent
C.A. Litzler designs world class double dip tire cord dip line

Friday, February 10, 2017
Book of the day - Fatigue, Stress and Strain of Rubber Components, by Judson Bauman
Dow Corning views silicone adhesive technologies as key to the growth of wearable medical devices
Nigerian tire company has 3.5 million tires stolen by employees
Finite Fiber improves sales and technical capabilities with new hires

Thursday, February 09, 2017
Dow Corning to expand healthcare application center in Midland, MI
LMI Custom Mixing adds third mixing line to its operations
Michigan Rubber Group announces speakers for March meeting
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company reports results for the fourth quarter and full year

Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Yokohama to hike prices on all tires sold in U.S.
VMI introduces VMI Pixxel
Global silicone elastomers market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 5.6 percent through 2025
Continental issues recall for General Tire Grabber light truck tires

Tuesday, February 07, 2017
HollyFrontier completes acquisition of Petro-Canada Lubricants
Michigan Rubber Group will hold a technical meeting March 1 in Grand Rapids
Sumitomo Rubber appoints David Colletti to vice president of original equipment
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company to release fourth quarter and full year 2016 financial results
Apollo Tyres' global R&D center in Asia wins the 2016 NDTV Design & Architecture Award

Monday, February 06, 2017
European non-destructive testing equipment market forecast at a CAGR of 8.1 percent through 2022
Chemtura shareholders approve acquisition by Lanxess
Katharine Morgan becomes president of ASTM International
Falken Tires to raise prices due to raw material cost increases
Rubber Division offers table top exhibits at the 191st Technical Meeting in Beachwood, OH

Friday, February 03, 2017
Wacker appoints Foster Corporation as distributor for medical device market
Book of the day - Rubber Molding Principles
Low-smoke HFFR wire and cable compounds from Teknor Apex receive 'Halogen-Free' assessment from UL
Goodyear to announce fourth quarter 2016 financial results
Hankook Tire to acquire JAX Tyres, Australia's largest tire retailer

Thursday, February 02, 2017
Goodyear launches American-manufactured trailer tire
Preferred Compounding to add high performance elastomer compounding in Mexico
Giti Tire makes major investment in Cimcorp’s Dream Factory solution at new U.S. plant
Global elastomer market forecast to reach $92.3 billion by 2021
Apollo Tyres third quarter revenue up 17 percent

Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Kuraray raises elastomer prices
ARPM conducting state of the industry survey
Fort Wayne Rubber and Plastics Group technical meeting will be held February 9
Goodyear introduces new Assurance WeatherReady tire
Thailand say rubber stockpiles will ensure minimal disruptions in exports

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Distribution center leased by Cooper Tire sustains tornado damage
Yokohama unveils new logo celebrating its 100th anniversary
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions acquires polymer seal distributor Carolina Seal, Inc.
Lanxess Rhein Chemie Additives will present a variety of solutions for tire-makers at the Tire Technology Expo

Monday, January 30, 2017
RPM International Inc acquires Prime Resins
Europe Rubber Industry Forum 2017 registration now open
Wacker unveils two silane-terminated polymers at European Coatings Show
Degania Silicone, Ltd. enters agreement with Control Flo Medical
Momentive holds official groundbreaking ceremony for NXT silane manufacturing facility

Friday, January 27, 2017
China questions the U.S. decision to levy heavy duties on truck and bus tires
P.K. Mohamed awarded with K.M. Philip Award 2017
Global market for rubber molding is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 5.3 percent through 2022
Arkema's Technical Polymers business introduces new Kynar fluoropolymer powder coatings

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Firestone AG enhances forestry tire
Smithers Rapra enhances extractables and leachables testing capabilities
Stockwell Elastomerics offers solar inverter gasket materials brochure
Global silicone surfactants market forecast to reach $300 million by 2023

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Silicone elastomers market forecast to reach $12 billion by 2023.
​Bluestar Silicones Tire Release business will present a variety of new release agents at the Tire Technology Expo
Sartomer releases Coating Concepts booklet on coating formulations
AGC Chemicals Americas to sponsor 13th Annual Plastics Chemistry Fair in Philadelphia

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