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The Month in Review - Past 30 Days

Friday, October 24, 2014
Book of the day - Cost Reduction in Rubber Processing
Goodyear automatic tire inflation system in fleet testing
AkzoNobel reports positive third quarter results
First blow molded TPE CVJ drive axle boot named 2014 SPE Automotive Hall of Fame Winner
Cooper Tire introduces new Discoverer SRX luxury sport utility tire
India tire manufacturers consider increasing SBR percentages to protect their margins
Conser S.p.A elected new member to IISRP
Nizhnekamskshina produces 2 millionth truck tire

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Celanese acquires conductive polymer manufacturer Cool Polymers, Inc.
NN Inc. to release third quarter results
New market report on medical polymers for devices, equipment and packaging
Cooper Tire begins testing with tires made with guayule
Goodyear begins testing on Air Maintenance Technology for commercial vehicles
Thailand announces one-time cash handout to rubber farmers
ExxonMobil to complete new Singapore halobutyl unit in 2017

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Kraton announces the successful completion of highly modified asphalt technology in Russia
Datwyler acquires U.S. based Columbia Engineered Rubber
ASTM International reveals new brand identity
Rosneft and Pirelli sign memorandum of understanding seeking synthetic rubber partner
Federal Tyres breaks ground on new plant in Taiwan
Bergen International doubles it manufacturing capabilities with new facility in Illinois
Goodyear's global headquarters earns LEED gold certification

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
China creates tire design database for patent disputes
Bridgestone Ologic tire technology wins BMW Innovation Supplier Award
Teijin Aramid increases prices for Twaron aramid products
Freescale Semiconductor creates the smallest tire pressure monitoring system to date
Elastocon introduces a window-clear TPE
Mesnac and Siemens sign agreement to build digital tire factory
Thailand announces package to aid rubber farmers

Monday, October 20, 2014
Kerala increases natural rubber prices paid to rubber farmers
Michelin subsidiary Tigar Tyres opens second plant in Serbia
Producers, users, equipment suppliers, specifiers, and more at Smithers Rapra’s Carbon Black World 2014
Nanotronics unveils computer controlled microscope nSPEC 3D in Nashville
Indonesia's Business Competition Supervisory Commission is investigation nine tire manufacturers for price fixing
Solvay CEO to lead Cefic
Lanxess introduces new ultra-high molecular weight EPDM as a natural rubber alternative in dynamic applications

Friday, October 17, 2014
Now available, the 2014 Rubber Red Book and Blue Book
Fall in crude prices favors the synthetic rubber market
New market report on TPEs
Rubber coating specialist von Bronk Gummi- und Kunststofftechnik GmbH joins Impreglon group
Minnesota Rubber & Plastics acquired by Norwest Equity Partners

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Cooper Tire to announce third quarter results
Alpha Technologies introduces Premier moving die rheometer
Top rubber trade groups promise to boost prices from current lows
Malaysia using rubber to replace road tar
Malaysian natural rubber exports fall for the month of August
Rubber Division, ACS now accepting online abstracts for Spring Technical Meeting

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Michigan Rubber Group meets November 5
Bostik inaugurates new R&D center near Paris
APS Elastomers enters into service agreement with ALLOD Werkstoff GmbH & Co.
Antidumping duty againt China determination postponed by the US Department of Commerce
New market report on carbon black
Thai rubber farmers call for bailouts as world prices slump

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
The Nokian WR is test winner 2014 in the Auto Bild winter tire test
The International Elastomer Conference and Rubber Expo opens today in Nashville
Indonesian rubber sold below floor price
Sumitomo Rubber to put $100 million into South African factory
Hankook to be OEM on the Lincoln Navigator

Monday, October 13, 2014
University of Akron awarded 3 million grant from Ohio Third Frontier for novel polymer research
Nokian Tyres’ Finnish factory announces temporary layoff and cuts to production
Hankook Tire breaks ground on its new facility in Tennessee
Lion Copolymer to purchase Ashland's elastomer business
Nexen Tire expands revenue with help from lower rubber prices

Friday, October 10, 2014
Book of the day - Resistance and Stability of Polymers
Book of the day - Practical Guide to the Assessment of the Useful Life of Rubbers
Chemical Resistance Guide for Elastomers IV - Now Available!
Sustained demand fuels growth for glovemakers
Goodyear launches North America's most fuel efficient long haul tire
Bayer MaterialScience to exhibit at CAMX in Orlando
Yokohama Tire relocating headquarters to Santa Ana, CA
ETRMA elects Continental's Christian Kötz as president

Thursday, October 09, 2014
Takaharu Fushimi named CEO for Yokohama Corportation of North America
IEC conference app and show guide now available online
Hexpol to acquire Vigar Rubber Compounding
Cooper Tire confirms receipt of Chengshan call option notice
Goodyear to announce third quarter 2014 financial results
Trinseo to realign its business divisions into two new groups
Goodyear readies for 70th anniversary of San Angelo Proving Grounds

Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Greenfield Polymers changes name to Stockmeier Urethanes U.K.
BASF inaugurates polymer dispersion plant in India
Sumitomo Riko Company officially renamed from Tokai Rubber Industries
Goodyear declares quarterly dividend
Gira Giersiepen names Arburg and FPT Robotik Suppliers of the Year 2014
Firestone rubber plantation a sanctuary against ebola
Michelin at the 2014 Paris Motor Show

Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Dow's Kim Mink recognized as leader promoting STEM
Malaysia and Thailand discuss cooperation to reverse plummeting rubber prices
India's natural rubber imports may cross $1,100 million by end of this fiscal
New market report on surfactants
Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies announces premium clamp gaskets
Dow Corning launches highly versatile food-grade silicone antifoam emulsion

Monday, October 06, 2014
Freudenberg-NOK to study how biodiesel engine oil dilutions impact common sealing elastomers
Matrix Tool is now a Liquidmetal certified mold supplier
ACS Group hires new vice president of operations
Market research report on global and Chinese polysulfide rubber industry, 2009-2019
India's natural rubber imports may reach $1,107mn
West announces plans for a new pharmaceutical component manufacturing plant in Ireland
Resintech diversifies into rubber plantation in Cambodia

Friday, October 03, 2014
Kerala asks regional refinery to produce more NRBM to aid rubber growers
Book of the day - Fatigue, Stress and Strain of Rubber Components, by Judson Bauman
Thailand stops planned sale of state rubber stockpiles to aid farmers
Eberhard Kuehlbrey joins the LIST Group as manager of product management.
Cooper Tire introduces new all-terrain, four-season Discoverer X/T4 tire
Smithers Rapra announces the dates for Traction 2015
Goodyear introduces newest fuel-efficient long-haul tire in North America
BioAmber to supply Chinese manufacturer with succinic acid for CPU production

Thursday, October 02, 2014
Goodyear's Aiman Abdrabou selected as International Energy Manager of the Year
Yokohama adds new tire to its winter line
Huntsman and Rockwood complete pigment business sale
Trelleborg finalizes sale of rubber boot facility to Delmon
Cabot to increase activated carbon production in North America
Smither Rapra's TiO2 Summit begins next week in Montreal
Smithers Rapra announces programs for the 2014 Silicone Elastomers World Summit in Vienna

Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Lanxess subsidiary Bond-Laminates completes expansion of its Tepex plant in Germany
Bridgestone China opens truck and bus tire plant in Shenyang, China
Huntsman to build new world scale MDI plant in Louisiana
Clariant to acquire Chinese healthcare packaging specialist Vitapac
Wacker Polymers to raise prices of dispersions
Smithers Rapra announced its official sponsorship of the Association of Rubber Product Manufacturers
APS Elastomers celebrates five year anniversary
Indian rubber farmers worry over fall of rubber prices

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Indian farmers seek total ban on rubber imports
Bayer MaterialScience and bluesign technologies enter into strategic alliance
Bridgestone to donate one million dollars to combat ebola in Liberia
New market report on global isoprene rubber industry
Cabot Corporation to increase prices on black masterbatches and specialty compounds
Dow Corning helps propel sustainable development of China’s chemical industry
Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies Findlay site select as finalist in best plant competition

Monday, September 29, 2014
Denka establishes new Thermo Film facility in Vietnam
Dunlop Aircraft Tyres to open its first retreading facility in US
Bridgestone holds it TQM Conference
Giti Tire introduces the new GT Radial Champiro UHPAS
Cadna purchase giving ContiTech added strength in U.S. automotive aftermarket
OMNOVA Solutions announces lower third quarter results
Bluestar Silicones at the heart of the “Axel’One Innovative Materials Platform”

Friday, September 26, 2014
RusVinyl inauguration marks start of one of the largest PVC production facilities in Russia
Lion Copolymer Geismar, LLC and Omya, Inc. announce new distribution relationship
New market report on low rolling resistance truck tires in Europe
Polyone opens new masterbatch facility in India
Smithers Rapra webinar on the cost down process for polymer products
Gulf Petrochem acquires Royal Dutch Shell’s bitumen plant in India
American Chemical Society focus group discussion in Nashville
Book of the day - Rubber Molding Principles

Thursday, September 25, 2014
New market report on global rubber-internal mixer industry
Silicone Solutions launches update website featuring online purchasing and updated product lines
Five million tires to be ground in Spain
Cooper Tire to present at the Deutsche Bank 2014 Leveraged Finance conference
Smiley Monroe expands its heavy duty conveyor belt capabilities
Rosneft and SIBUR sign cooperation agreement for supply of oil products

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Steelastic and RMS moving to new facility
Goodyear is accepting nominations for its 32nd Highway Hero Award
Bridgestone Americas opens 10-acre guayule plant in Arizonia
Indian tire and rubber sector request national policy
JK Tyre & Industries to consider stock split
Anke Blume of Evonik and the University of Twente to discuss rubber technology and its importance in reducing CO2 emissions
APS Elastomer develops extrusion grade TPU for flat conductor network cables

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