Bridgestone: 98% of tier 1 suppliers acknowledge procurement policy

The aim at Bridgestone Group is to use “100 per cent sustainable materials” by 2050 and beyond, and last year the tyre and rubber company introduced a new procurement policy to steer it towards this end. Under a partnership it began with CSR evaluation specialist EcoVadis in 2018, Bridgestone is now assessing its suppliers’ current sustainability practices and looking at what support may be needed to improve performance.

Together with EcoVadis, Bridgestone is monitoring and rating the environmental, social and ethical performance of its suppliers to help identify and evaluate qualified suppliers, promote best practices, and serve as a communication and improvement tool for the industry as a whole.

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Halcyon Agri launching independent NR council

Singapore – Halcyon Agri is officially launching a natural rubber (NR) sustainability council, the NR supply company has informed ERJ.

As previously announced, the council has been set up to monitor implementation of the group’s sustainable natural rubber supply chain policy (SNRSCP) for operations in Cameroon.

“The inaugural call for the sustainability council will be tomorrow and a chairperson will be elected,” Robert Meyer, CEO and co-founder of Halcyon Agri said 15 April.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Katrina Cornish to advise dandelion rubber startup

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WOOSTER, Ohio—Katrina Cornish has taken on many roles in more than 30 years as a world-renowned researcher in alternative sources of natural rubber.

As of Feb. 28, Cornish added a new role: scientific adviser to a start-up hydroponic dandelion rubber company, Chicago-based American Sustainable Rubber Co. L.L.C.

ASR chose Cornish for her extensive research into developing hydroponic indoor cultivation of the Taraxacum kok-saghyz (TKS) dandelion, as well as her general experience in alternative rubber production, bio-based fillers and feedstocks from agriculture and food processing wastes for value-added products and biofuels.

Read the source article at Rubber and Plastics News

U.S. Tire Manufacturers Recognized for Achievement in Worker Safety

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) awarded seven tire manufacturers with a 2019 Sustainability Award for Safety and Health for their work in advancing occupational health and safety.

“USTMA members share an aspirational vision for the U.S. tire manufacturing industry of zero injuries and illnesses in the workplace,” said Anne Forristall Luke, USTMA president and CEO.

Read the source article at Tire Review

Canadian Association of Tire Recycling Agencies issues 2018 Annual Report

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CATRA is pleased to announce the publishing of its 2018 Annual Report.

The report features significant member achievements both in 2018 and cumulatively since the inception of their programs.

Building on our 2018 successes, 2019 is set to be another year of achievement and growth – full of opportunities for CATRA to support its members as they work closely with their respective governments to carry out their environmental and economic responsibilities.

The 2018 report is available on CATRA’s website in both English and French.

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EU Expands Tire Labeling Requirements

The European Union is trying to use marketing rules to improve the safety and environmental performance of tires that are sold into Europe, with ministers approving a proposal that expands manufacturers’ and retailers’ obligations regarding tire labeling.

Under a new regulation backed March 4 by the EU Council of Ministers, stickers would have to be fixed to more types of tires and would include more information – with the goal of persuading consumers to not just use cost as a guide to buying tires.

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Michelin Wins ‘Best In Corporate Social Responsibility’ Recognition At 2019 PRWeek Awards

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Research shows that improperly maintained tires are contributing to the No. 1 cause of teen deaths in the U.S. – car accidents. To ensure teens take tire safety seriously, Michelin North America connected the dots between sneakers and tires to ignite kids’ awareness about how proper air pressure and tread depth can save lives.

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Rubber fell 70% in 7 years. Will the bear market last for 10 years?

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Rubber prices experienced a surge in the period from 2009 to 2011, during which the increase was as high as 240%, which in turn led to a large expansion of the planting area in the producing countries, resulting in a serious oversupply. Although the international rubber futures price has risen by 16% this year, it […]

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Micronized Rubber Powder Market Production Analysis and Demand 2019

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Global Micronized Rubber Powder market size will increase to 55 Million US$ by 2025, from 37 Million US$ in 2018, at a CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period.

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Lehigh making headway under Michelin ownership

HANOVER, Germany—Despite the fact that Michelin has owned Lehigh Technologies since October 2017, the majority of the other tire manufacturers remain comfortable doing business with the producer of micronized rubber powders, according to a company…

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