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The Month in Review - Past 30 Days

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Desser Tire & Rubber has acquired European aircraft tire specialist Watts Aviation
Michelin predicts end of low rubber prices
BASF cooperates with partners to introduce online control of complex batch processes
Semperit has acquired German rubber seal manufacturer Leeser GmbH
New market report on global and Chinese injection molding machine industry
India expected to be self-sufficient in synthetic rubber by 2017
Elasto Proxy announces new help for manufacturers
FDA recommends manufacturers no longer use the claim 'Latex Free'

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Lack of world rubber demand predicted to keep prices low through 2020
Mettler-Toledo presenting webinar on dynamic mechanical analysis
Continental Carbon reaches $95 milliion settlement with the EPA
Yokohama's Advan to come factory-equipped on Porsche's Cayenne
New report on the silicone fluid market
Toyo Tire introduces new heavy-duty steer tire
Huntsman TPU is sole choice for Spanish footwear manufacturer Panter

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Rubber Division, ACS announces discounts for its April training courses
Polymax launches new TPE for extreme conditions
Lord Corporation unveils new low read-through acrylic adhesive
China National Chemical Corp. makes a $7.7 billion bid for Pirelli
Evonik expands silicone platform in Germany and China
New market report claims the SBR market is expected to reach $16,110 million by 2019
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will allow the Denka acquisition of DuPont chloroprene operations
Core Molding acquires long fiber thermoplastic maker, CPI Binani

Monday, March 23, 2015
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory finds polyureas work better than paint to prevent corrosion
India's natural rubber imports head to all time high
Pirelli rumored to be sold to China Chemical Corp.
NuSil appoints Ernest Waaser as new CEO
Rubber Consultants expands its tire testing facilities with a new two-station passenger rig
Polymer Foam 2015 conference to be held in Cologne, Germany this November
New market report on global rubber additives

Friday, March 20, 2015
In 2014 fiscal report, Lanxess announces closing of Marl,Germany EPDM site
China Auto plans tire recycling JV with Sri Elastomers
Camoplast Solideal initiates a price increase in Europe for its material handling and construction products
AirBoss reports fourth quarter and year end results
Researchers embed glass fiber into rubber to improve grip
Book of the day - 2014 Wire & Cable Technology Buyer's Guide
General Tire celebrates “100 Years of Reliability”
A. Schulman announces the acquisition of Citadel

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Wacker presents annual report, expects further growth in fiscal 2015
Pedro Matos appointed as chief quality officer at Apollo Tyres Ltd.
Yokohama Rubber launches global marketing of cold- and impact-resistant conveyor belts
Mitsui Chemicals announces the successful start-up of its functional composites plant in Shanghai
Dow Elastomers solutions were used in the rubberized surface at Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland
Dow Corning 1299 silicone seam sealer outperforms traditional acrylic sealants in narrow seam applications
Master Bond MasterSil 920-Lo passes NASA's low out-gassing specifications

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Ashland announces price increase for unsaturated polyester resins, epoxy vinyl esters and gelcoats in Europe, Middle East and Africa
Consumer Reports ranks the top tire makers
Vietnam to join ASEAN rubber council
Synthomer expands specialty styrene butadiene latex production in Malaysia
Albemarle realigns mineral flame retardant portfolio
Lanxess announces personnel changes to supervisory board and board of management
New market report on global injection molding machine industry

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Shin-Etsu to expand production in Thailand and establish new technical center in New Jersey
Kumho Tire Europe appoints Charles Kim president
Smithers Rapra announces fleet tire webinar for March 18
Toyo Tire & Rubber falsified performance data for earthquake resistant rubber
New market report on the global and Chinese silicone surfactant for polyurethane industry
Thai rubber planters begin selling off farmlands as rubber prices plummet

Monday, March 16, 2015
Solvay pursues strategic investments with acquisition of large-scale alkoxylation plant in the Netherlands
New market report on medical polymers
Americhem upgrades manufacturing capabilities at Ohio plant
Kumho Tires to finance Macon plant with $300m in bonds
Rubber additives market worth 1.7 MT by 2019 according to new report
Green Rubber Global to open new tire recycling plant using the DeLink process in Malaysia

Friday, March 13, 2015
New market report that the automotive tire market will be worth 666.6 million units by 2019
Book of the day - Rubber Molding Principles
Dr. Ranjit Matthan joins Vystar board of directors
Teknor Apex expands it TPE for medical tubing line
Huntsman's Irogran TPU is now available through APS Elastomers
India plans to increase natural rubber duties to 25 percent

Thursday, March 12, 2015
BASF and SGL Group successfully conclude joint material research of innovative polyamide-carbon-fiber composite system
Dow Chemical asks Supreme Court to review $1.06 billion polyurethanes price fixing judgement
Momentive Performance Materials introduces advanced silicone elastomer products at NPE2015
Thai government is selling rubber surplus directly to China
Indian rubber dealers have stopped buying from rubber farmers, blame manufacturers
New report on global elastomer market sees high growth in TPE segment

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Sonoco signs agreement to acquire majority stake in Brazilian flexible packaging company
BASF now offers bio-based PolyTHF
India's natural rubber production fell 13.5% in February
New report on global conveyor belt (PVG & PVC) market
Wacker Chemie expands VAE production facility in Kentucky
Sealing Devices Inc. opens new $2m facility in NY

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
AGC FluoroCompounds Group opens pilot plant in Pennsylvania
European court rejects appeal against reduced Eni fine
Mechanical Rubber Products acquires Prestige Rubber
Arkema expands its specialty polymer (PEKK) production capacities in France and the United States
Ansell introduces new HyFlex glove line
Teknor Apex to supply KraussMaffei with Sarlink TPV
New market report on global polyether polyols
Michelin to expand high-performance tire production at Hungarian plant

Monday, March 09, 2015
Evonik Corporation achieves sustainability certificate
New market report on rubber tires with global industry analysis
Star Thermoplastic Alloys and Rubbers, Inc., launches new website
World Rubber Summit to be held March 24-25 in Singapore
PolySource, LLC and Hyosung Group complete distribution and application development agreement for polyketone
The Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) foresees 3.2 percent growth in natural rubber
New report on global scar treatment market shows increased use of silicone-based products
Huntsman to restructure color pigment business, closes four plants worldwide

Friday, March 06, 2015
World Bank economist expects rubber prices to increase
Orion Engineered Carbons announces fourth quarter results
Arkema acquires organic peroxide producer Oxido
BFGoodrich Tires debut ultra-high performance g-Force Comp-2
New market report on global sheet molding compound industry
New market report on high temperature elastomers
Trinseo reports its fourth quarter and full year results
Book of the day - Cost Reduction in Rubber Processing

Thursday, March 05, 2015
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Wacker Elastosil turns 60
India's natural rubber imports to rise, say industry officials
Eastman launching new amorphous polyolefin product grades
Camoplast Solideal receives Partner-level status with John Deere
BASF expands production for amines at its Verbund plant
Industrial Thermo Polymers acquired by Armacell

Wednesday, March 04, 2015
MESNAC and Bosch Rexroth begin strategic partnership
Accella Performance Materials announces acquisition of IPS Polymer Systems, Inc.
Goodyear concept tires offer a glimpse of the future
WACKER builds new production plant for specialty monomers in Burghausen
TIA accepting nominations for the 2015 Tire Industry Hall of Fame
Borealis delivers a record result in 2014

Tuesday, March 03, 2015
First class of Saudi trainees graduate for careers in the rubber industry
New market report on aqueous polyurethane dispersion industry
Goodyear gets back in the bicycle tire business via four year deal with Kent International
Cooper Standard becomes largest Chinese automotive sealing manufacturer
Win a 2014 Rubber Red Book by following @rubberworld on Twitter this March
AkzoNobel breaks ground on new Specialty Chemicals plant in China
Yokohama's marine hoses certified by API for offshore oil transfer

Monday, March 02, 2015
New market report on China's tire industry
Arkema launches Polystrand thermoplastic tapes in Europe
Huntsman plans to cut titanium dioxide capacity in Europe by 13 percent
Yokohama announces five year sponsorship of the Chelsea Football Club
U.S. orders for durable goods rose in January for the first time in three months
Hercules Tire adds to its Ironman I-Series line

Friday, February 27, 2015
New report on worldwide adhesive market and product segments
Book of the day - Resistance and Stability of Polymers
Albemarle raises dividend for the 21st consecutive year
Birla Carbon proposes to establish a greenfield carbon black production plant in Shandong, China
Omnova Solutions and Barington Group reach agreement over board of directors conflict
SOCMA survey finds government regulations are a significant barrier to economic growth
Myers Industries reports fourth quarter and full year results
Peter Baur appointed president, Europe, at Alliance Tire Group
LyondellBasell announces departure of chief financial officer

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Book of the day - Fatigue, Stress and Strain of Rubber Components, by Judson Bauman
Attention rubber product manufacturers, rubber machinery and equipment suppliers: Rubber World Red Book Updates
Apollo Tyres launches its recruitment drive in Hungary
Bayer proposes increased dividend for 2014 of EUR 2.25 per share
Introduction to Silicone Elastomers course offered by Smithers Rapra
New market report claims that silicone coatings market worth $6 billion by 2020
Sartomer names Stephen Edwards business manager for adhesives, sealants, advanced materials markets
Michelin launches smart phone app for its Advantage Program members
Kraton Performance Polymers announces fourth quarter and full year results
Goodyear paying $16 million to settle bribery-related charges in Africa subsidiaries

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Laurette Koellner elected to Goodyear Board
PolymaxTPE introduces new thermoplastic elastomers for sensory-sensitive applications
Solvay is building a new specialty polymers resin unit in Augusta, GA
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company declares 172nd consecutive quarterly dividend
Future of global rubber industry to be debated during World Rubber Week 2015
Optical liquid silicone rubber introduced at Proto Labs
Evonik now offers halogen-free optical wire jackets

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Aramco, Dow to start Sadara Chemical in 2015
New market report on silicone coatings
Michelin Pilot Super Sport to be OEM on the new BMW X5M and X6M
Cooper Tire announce fourth quarter and full year results
Toyo Tire Holdings of America, Inc. has issued a recall of Open Country M/T tires
New market report on polyurethanes
Michigan Rubber Group cancels annual Focus on Ferris open house

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