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The Month in Review - Past 30 Days

Monday, March 30, 2015
Bluestar Silicones to present Silbione products at Medtec Japan 2015
Bekaert completes acquisition of Pirelli tire cord plant in China
Goodyear names 32nd Highway Hero
New market report on fluoropolymers
BASF cooperates with partners to introduce online control of complex batch processes
Chandra Asri to build synthetic rubber plant in Cilegon, Indonesia for JV with Michelin
Firestone Building Products facility reaches one million man hours without lost-time accident
New ultra high performance tire from Bridgestone in stores

Friday, March 27, 2015
AkzoNobel to invest in organic peroxide operations in the U.S. and Europe
J.D. Power finds customers are less satisfied with run-flat tires
Continental's General Highway Tire launchs three new highway truck tires at Mid-America Truck Show
Evonik to invest over €4 billion in research and development
Yokohama’s new commercial tire plant in Mississippi is “Right on Schedule”
Book of the day - Practical Guide to the Assessment of the Useful Life of Rubbers
Goodyear establishes tire development center in Pulandian, China

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Yokohama Rubber launches global marketing of cold- and impact-resistant conveyor belts
Pedro Matos appointed as chief quality officer at Apollo Tyres Ltd.
Mitsui Chemicals announces the successful start-up of its functional composites plant in Shanghai
Wacker presents annual report, expects further growth in fiscal 2015
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
Dow Elastomers solutions were used in the rubberized surface at Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
BASF now offers bio-based PolyTHF
Sealing Devices Inc. opens new $2m facility in NY
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
Sonoco signs agreement to acquire majority stake in Brazilian flexible packaging company

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

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

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

Thursday, March 05, 2015
Eastman launching new amorphous polyolefin product grades
Wacker Elastosil turns 60
India's natural rubber imports to rise, say industry officials
Industrial Thermo Polymers acquired by Armacell
Register now for Rubber Division March courses and take $150 off
BASF expands production for amines at its Verbund plant
Camoplast Solideal receives Partner-level status with John Deere

Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Borealis delivers a record result in 2014
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

Tuesday, March 03, 2015
First class of Saudi trainees graduate for careers in the rubber industry
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
New market report on aqueous polyurethane dispersion industry
Goodyear gets back in the bicycle tire business via four year deal with Kent International

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




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