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TIA opposes USW petition to limit imports of Chinese-made tires

Friday, June 27, 2014
Bowie, Md. – The Tire Industry Association (TIA) released a statement announcing their opposition to the proposal before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that would limit the import of Chinese-made passenger and light truck tires. TIA previously opposed this measure in 2009. The Association feels strongly that this measure, despite being well-intentioned, would not help in the preservation of manufacturing jobs, and would be harmful to consumers, as these tires are often an affordable solution to those drivers with limited budgets. However, the Association also reiterates its long-standing position that all tires - regardless of country of origin - must be held to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Tires coming China are required to meet these standards and many Chinese tire manufactures have made this a priority. On June 3, 2014, The United Steel Workers (USW), Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union petitioned the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) to determine whether passenger and light truck tires manufactured in China are being imported in such increased quantities or under such conditions as to cause or threaten to cause market disruption to the producers of like or directly competitive products. The following is the complete statement: Tire Industry Association Position on the United Steel Workers Petition before the United States International Trade Commission Seeking an Import Quota on Chinese-made Tires. On June 3, 2014, the United Steel Workers (USW), Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union petitioned the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) to determine whether passenger and LT tires from China are being imported in such increased quantities or under such conditions as to cause or threaten to cause market disruption to the producers of like or directly competitive products. The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is sympathetic to the loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs, but understands that this has occurred over the course of many years and under a multitude of trade policy initiatives. IA believes that a reduction of this magnitude in the quantity of Chinese tires imported would itself create a market disruption, and cause very real harm to our member companies and the U.S. consumer. Our members, by directly importing or contracting with suppliers, are meeting the demands of a segment of the tire consumer market for lower-cost tires. No manufacturing uptick would satisfy this product segment, but instead could create a need for product allocation, resulting in shortages and outages. In the best of times such occurrences are troubling, but in today's climate could inflict severe financial harm on many retailers and on the motoring public. TIA believes that the USITC has the ability to guard against foreign governments supporting the sales of below-cost products, and favors anti-dumping remedies when appropriate. In addition, TIA has long supported requiring that all Chinese tires adhere to applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. TIA would ask the USITC to continue to support a free-trade policy, and reject the USW's effort to impose a protectionist policy. - * Email


The Month in Review - Past 30 Days

Friday, July 25, 2014
Evonik plans to build precipitated silica plant in Brazil
Robin Roberts to christen Goodyear's newest blimp Wingfoot One
ZF Friedrichshafen expands its headquarters for China and the Asia-Pacific region
Apollo Tyres appoints Dr. Seshu Bhagavathula as chief technology officer
Hiller Carbon and Quadra CASE Division announce strategic partnership
Thermoplastic Elastomers TopCon 2014 planned
Book of the day - Resistance and Stability of Polymers

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Wacker updates its annual earnings forecast
Global Bioenergies: Fermentation pilot received in Pomacle
Kraton to announce second quarter results July 31
ARPM announces early bird registration for its Benchmarking and Best Practices conference
Barwell launches on-site machine upgrade program
Cooper Tire appoints Mark Chung vice president
International Trade Commission to probe allegations of Chinese tire dumping in the US
Yokohama Tire moving its western region distribution center

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Custom molded thin walled diaphragms from Minnesota Rubber
BASF inaugurated its newest production plant in Poland
Tour de France leaders ride Continental tires
Munson Machinery to expand headquarters
Goodyear's newest airship to be named Wingfoot One
Indian rubber growers ask for suspension of imports
PolyOne reports second quarter results

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
CFO of VMI, Auke Dalstra, died in Malaysia Airlines plane crash
DuPont names seven new DuPont Fellows
Continental presents Supplier of the Year awards
World's top golfers set to return to Firestone Country Club for the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational
Ashland Inc. board declares regular quarterly dividend
New market report on global racing tires
Carver re-certified to ISO for its quality management system

Monday, July 21, 2014
Semperit aims to realign its joint venture in Thailand
Forgotten rubber plantation found in Peru
Scott & Fife introduces its next generation reinforcement fabric for silicone hose manufacturers
Trostel extends its engineering and testing services beyond the rubber industry
ITRC wants better cooperation with China
India takes steps to boost rubber production
Momentive raises prices in the Americas for epoxy resin and bisphenol A
Elasto Sweden announces further investment in medical TPEs

Friday, July 18, 2014
Book of the day - Practical Guide to the Assessment of the Useful Life of Rubbers
India's natural rubber imports have risen 58% in first six months of 2014
A.Schulman completes acquisition of specialty plastics assets from Ferro
Freudenberg-NOK Sealing introduces new radial shaft seal
Goodyear adds new all season tire to its line up
Wabash MPI earns re-certification for ISO standards
West dedicates new manufacturing plant in India

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Cooper Tire unveils enhanced training tool
Rubber Division, ACS is offering discounts for online courses and books
New market report on the business of the automotive tire market in China
Myers Industries to report second quarter on July 24
ARPM redesigns its website and logo
Department of Commerce to hear trade case against Chinese tire imports
Stepan Company to acquire sulfonation production facility in Brazil

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
SKF signs four-year contract to supply sealing solutions to Boeing
PolyOne announces quarterly dividend
Goodyear declares dividend on common stock
Cooper to release second quarter results
Hankook Tire expands its OEM offering for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class
New market report on Industrial Rubber Products - Global Strategic Business
Kenny Messer appointed president of Sartomer Americas

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Evonik and GCL-Poly form joint venture for silicon plant in China
New market report on emulsion polymers
2014 Taipei International Plastics and Rubber Industry Show to open Sept. 26th
Albemarle reconfirms commitment to enter market with GreenCrest fire safety product
Bridgestone relocating it rubber track and marine fender plant
BASF and Alpek sign agreements regarding their EPS and PU business activities in the Americas
Cabot Corp. releases 2013/14 sustainability report

Monday, July 14, 2014
Summit County, Akron, union making bid to attract new Goodyear tire plant
Hexpol acquires Kardoes Rubber
Yokohama's newest all season tire Advan is now available
Optimism on improving tire demand fades as tire makers buy less SBR from July
Akron polymer scientist receives $500,000 NSF award
ASTM International Committee on carbon black presents Award of Merit to Pierre Hirtt
EPA promulgates SNURs for two CNT substances

Friday, July 11, 2014
Armacell LLC launches new North American website
Book of the day - Polymer Extrusion, 4th edition
ACIMGA and Assocomaplast finalize partnership
Renovations to Trostel Ltd.’s headquarters boost pre-production capabilities
Japan looks to Myanmar for supply of raw rubber
Rubber Division, ACS creates new website dedicated to the International Elastomer Conference
Continental creates limited edition passenger car tires for the World Cup

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Alliance Rubber re-launches its website
New market report on NBR powder market and applications
Goodyear announces second quarter results
Styron to change name to Trinseo
Continental expands Chinese-made bicycle tire line
Vietnam considers cutting rubber export tax to zero
Rubber imports into India lower local prices

Wednesday, July 09, 2014
New market report on the global rubber market
The Central Bank of Liberia pumps millions into the rubber sector
Cabot Corporation to announce third quarter 2014 operating results
India's natural rubber imports jumped 41 percent in June
Styron publishes its 2013 sustainability and corporate responsibility report
Wacker opens logistics center at Amtala production site
IRSG is now offering the latest rubber statistical bulletin and industry report

Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Cabot tops 2013 “Energy Efficiency Frontrunner” benchmark company listing
Dow Corning to become leading global supplier of hexachlorodisilane
New market report on specialty forms of NBR
NN, Inc. announces new corporate headquarters location in Johnson City
Star Thermoplastic hires Lawrence Johnson as vice president of sales
ContiTech acquires automotive aftermarket business Cadna Rubber
SPE starts recruitment process for new managing director

Monday, July 07, 2014
Evonik invests in new research center at Rheinfelden site
DuPont awards $123,000 in grants and sponsorships to support conservation research
Freudenberg announces the retirement of its chairman Dr. Wolfram Freudenberg
International Products Corp. introduces a line of temporary rubber lubricants
Flint Group North America raises prices on silicone web conditioners
Chemtura rubber labels showcased on new Web site
Kraiburg TPE at Fakuma 2014KTD

Friday, July 04, 2014
Vredestein lauches two new tires
SiVance debuts new silicone curative
DuPont lowers operating earnings outlook for 2Q and 2014
Book of the day - Rubber Molding Principles
Great success of REP International open house
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company announces international segment leadership transition

Thursday, July 03, 2014
Continental named as exclusive tire partner and official sponsor of Asian Cup 2015 in Australia
Apollo Tyres’ board approves company's expansion plans
Bridgestone acquiring Masthead Industries
Yokohama Rubber makes management changes
ARPM appoints Chris Wagner to board of directors
California repeals rubber glove law
IISRP opens registration for International Scientific Symposium

Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Kraton Performance Polymers intends to withdraw from LCY combination agreement
Ansell announces new organizational structure
BASF, Huntsman, Shanghai Hua Yi, Shanghai Chlor-Alkali Chemical Co. Ltd. and Sinopec Group Assets Management Corporation plan new MDI plant in Shanghai
Kuhmo Tire to resume construction of its Macon plant
Ashland Inc. and Clariant complete sale of ASK Chemicals joint venture to Rhône
Strategic alliance for Asian injection molding machine market between REP and LWB Steinl formed

Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Evonik to raise prices of hydrogen peroxide and sodium methylate in North America
Rubber Division, ACS discount on August courses in Charlotte
Kraton unveils landmark innovation center in mid-Ohio valley
H.B. Fuller Company reports financial results for the second quarter
TIA board elects Tom Formanek as secretary; Mike Wolfe elected treasurer
Lintech name Evonik distributor of the year for second consecutive year
Lanxess increases prices for Durethan base resin, film and extrusion grades

Monday, June 30, 2014
AkzoNobel to invest in new Performance Coatings technology center in China
Ashland price increase for unsaturated polyester resin, gelcoat and epoxy vinyl ester resins in Europe, the Middle East and Africa
Arkema elastomer used in Puma brand football boot
Albemarle Corporation to release second quarter 2014 earnings results on July 23, 2014
Omnova announces second quarter results
Vietnam continues to clear rubber plantations due to lack of Chinese demand
New market report on medical polymers

Friday, June 27, 2014
TIA opposes USW petition to limit imports of Chinese-made tires
New market report on the isocyanate market
Dow Corning offers the market’s only water-based 100 percent silicone air barrier system
Evonik Industries to reorganize group structure
Dow to construct new ethylene production facility in Texas
Nexen Tire signs contract to build new tire plant in Czech Republic
Book of the day - Fatigue, Stress and Strain of Rubber Components, by Judson Bauman
AdvantaPure announces the availability of biopharmaceutical grade container closures in TPE

Thursday, June 26, 2014
U.S. Silica Holdings increases prices on ground and fine ground silica products
Myers Industries completes sale of WEK Industries, Inc. and announces realignment
South Carolina leads the U.S. in tire manufacturing and exports
Teinin Group increases its investment in Thailand with new tire cord partnership
Kraton Performance Polymers declines on Chinese over supply of styrenic block copolymers
Pre-registration for Plast 2015 exceeds 1,000 companies
BioClosure container seals from AdvantaPure now available in silicone and TPE




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