Ivory Coast’s rubber output jumps 25% in 2019

Ivory Coast is Africa’s top natural rubber exporter and the seventh largest producer in the world. New plantations have proliferated as farmers switch from cocoa to rubber in search of more stable incomes.

Akpangni Attobra, APROMAC’s general secretary, told Reuters on Wednesday that output will keep rising and should reach 950,000 tonnes in 2021.

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Ergon positioned to serve evolving market

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CLEVELAND—The rubber processing oils market has seen a number of changes during the years, including a shift in the focus of big refineries that aren’t likely to supply RPOs anymore and changes in materials brought on by regulations.

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Rubber long and short double washing rises unchanged

The main reason for the stagnation of rubber prices is that the contradiction between supply and demand is not sharp enough to make prices soar. The current price level basically reflects the favorable factors in the early stage. The drought has lasted for a long time, and it has not been raining in central and […]

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Hankook expands TBR tire line up with the AH32 and e3 WiDE DL12

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Hankook Tire continues to grow its TBR product portfolio in America by announcing two new products in their truck and bus radial (TBR) tire lineup with the AH32 and e3 WiDE DL12.

Equipped with the latest Hankook TBR technologies, the AH32 and DL12 offer wider contact patches enabling a higher tread volume enhancing fuel efficiency, safety, and performance for regional and long-haul applications.

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Bridgestone boosting OE presence in Europe

BRUSSELS—Bridgestone secured nearly 100 new original equipment fitments in 2019 across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, the company disclosed recently.

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Polish rubber parts maker opens Mexico plant

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San Luis Potosi, Mexico – Polish rubber parts manufacturer Sanok Rubber Co. has opened a production plant in San Luis Potosi, in central Mexico, the company has announced.

The plant was officially inaugurated in October 2019 in the presence dignitaries and customers such as Ford, BMW, Webasto, the manufacturer said in a recent statement.

Named SMX Rubber Co., the Mexican subsidiary manufactures automotive parts and delivered its first sales in August last year.

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Black Bear appoints new CTO

Dutch end of life tyre upcycling company Black Bear Carbon has appointed Victor Vreeken its new chief technology officer. In this role, Vreeken will lead the company’s efforts to scale-up and globally roll out its technology for converting tyre rubber into recovered carbon black, gas and biogenic oil.

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ARPM updates hose handbook

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INDIANAPOLIS—An updated IP-2 Hose Handbook is available from the Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers.

The publication for manufacturers, assemblers and end users was reviewed, updated and approved by member representatives of ARPM’s Hose Technical Committee. ARPM said its HTC documents and technical standards are reviewed every five years for revisions and relevance in the marketplace.

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Goodyear to Advance Future Mobility with Launch of New Venture Capital Fund

LAS VEGASJan. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) announced a new venture capital fund, Goodyear Ventures, with $100 million targeted for new investments in future mobility solutions over the next 10 years. 

Goodyear Ventures will continue and expand Goodyear’s growing relationships in new mobility, with a focus on partnering and investing in startups with a shared vision of sustainable, safe and new mobility experiences that make life’s connections easier every day. 

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Hankook Tire America introduces Soo II Lee as new President

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Hankook Tire America announced that Soo II Lee will assume the role of President effective this month. Lee succeeds Hosung Suh who began his term as President in July of 2017.

Lee previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the America headquarters from 2009 through 2012. Suh will return to Hankook’s global headquarters in Seoul, Korea to take over a new position this month.

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