USTMA’s Anne Luke says sustainability efforts to continue

NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario—Economic development, social development and environmental protection are all key elements of sustainability for the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association.

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GM CEO will keep ‘open mind’ on plant closings, acknowledges anger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N) Chief Executive Mary Barra on Wednesday vowed to keep an “open mind” about the future of an Ohio plant that will lose vehicle production, but warned the Detroit automaker has excess capacity and did not suggest the company was reconsidering the plan.

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Smithers Rapra introduces rubber compounding webinar series

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AKRON — Smithers Rapra will run a free four-part series on rubber compounding led by Christine Domer, general manager of Smithers’ analytical and physical testing labs.

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Toyo Tires US to invest US$138m in Cartersville

Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing is to invest over US$138m in its factory in Cartersville, Georgia, USA, creating more than 150 jobs.

“As the number one state for business, Georgia offers the strategic resources necessary to retain dynamic companies and support industry leaders in long-term growth,” said Nathan Deal, governor of Georgia.

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Cabot plant celebrates 75 years

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On 25 November, Cabot Corporation’s Ville Platte, Los Angeles carbon black manufacturing facility celebrated 75 years in operation. Established in 1943, Cabot Ville Platte is the oldest plant in Cabot’s network, and today operates four manufacturing units that produce 11 different grades of carbon black, primarily sold to customers throughout North America for rubber reinforcement applications.

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Evonik launches silica production at South Carolina plant

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. — Evonik has launched production of precipitated silicas at its new world scale plant in Goose Creek.

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Michelin-Chandra Asri JV inaugurates Indonesia SR plant

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Cilegon, Indonesia – PT Synthetic Rubber Indonesia (PTSRI), officially inaugurated its plant for the production of butadiene rubber (BR) and solution styrene butadiene rubber (SSBR), the Michelin-Chandra Asri Petrochemical joint venture has announced.

The 29 Nov opening of plant in Cilegon was attended by the country’s minister of industry Airlangga Hartarto and other senior government officials.

Established in June, 2013, PTSRI is a JV between Michelin and PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk, with a share-ownership of 55% and 45% respectively.

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ANRPC meet stresses need to tackle emerging challenges

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The 11th Annual Rubber Conference of Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC), hosted by the Government of Thailand, was held in Chiang Rai on October 8, 2018 with the theme “Adapting for the emerging mega trends”. There were 187 participants from 11 countries, including 93 from Thailand. The inaugural session started with a welcome address by Somboon Siriwech, Deputy Governor of Chiang Rai Province.

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Nokian opens new research center for heavy duty tires in Finland

Nokian Tires announced it has opened a new research and development center in Nokia, Finland to address demand for premium heavy duty tires.

The modern research and development center accelerates the testing phase of new tire models, maintaining the premium quality that Nokian Tires has been known for 120 years.

“In the entire history of Nokian Tires, this is the most remarkable investment in the product development of heavy tires”, says Nokian Heavy Tires R & D Manager Kalle Kaivonen.

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U.S., Canada, Mexico continue brinkmanship on trade deal until signing

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BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – The leaders of Mexico, Canada and the United States were due to sign a North American trade pact on Friday, although brinkmanship over the final details of the deal continued through the eve of the signing.

It was unclear what exactly the three countries would sign. They agreed on a deal in principle to govern the more than trillion dollars of mutual trade after a year and a half of acrimonious negotiations concluded with a late-night bargain just an hour before a deadline on Sept. 30.

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