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Founded in 1971, Rubber & Plastics News serves rubber product manufacturers primarily engaged in the production of tires and inner tubes, rubber and plastic footwear, reclaimed rubber, rubber and plastic hose and belting, fabricated rubber products, rubber adhesives and wire and cable products. RPN readers include executives, managers, engineers and chemists involved in research and development, quality control, operations and production, engineering testing and analysis, purchasing and sales and marketing. Also served are suppliers, consultants and independent laboratories and manufacturers that are not specified as primary rubber product producers as well as OEM users of rubber components and universities. Rubber & Plastics News is published every other Monday. In addition to domestic and international rubber industry news, the newspaper covers new technology and products, marketing and executive action. In-depth special reports are published regularly on Custom Mixing, Rubber Machinery, Molded Goods, Automotive Parts, the Global Tire Industry, Polyurethanes and Belting. Rubber & Plastics News' Web site-www.rubbernews.com-has news updated daily and an extensive online archive as well as statistics and rankings. RPN's Web site houses the rubber industry's most comprehensive offering of Web-based news products. RPN II, an e-mail newsletter, is available to print subscribers on Mondays in between the print issue. Global Tire News and the Chinese-language Rubber News China are bi-weekly e-newsletters and Web sites. Daily rubber industry news headlines are sent by e-mail to thousands of subscribers. RPN's Rubber Directory and Buyers Guide is the industry's leading online source for locating thousands of rubber product manufacturers and suppliers. Searches can be conducted by products and markets served, base rubber materials, machinery and equipment and even geographically.
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September seems so far away now but it'll be here before we know it! Reserve your space at #ITEC2020 — the LARGEST show ...
05/01/2020

September seems so far away now but it'll be here before we know it! Reserve your space at #ITEC2020 — the LARGEST show for tire manufacturing in North America! http://ow.ly/OoHj50zpDEI

Chairman and CEO Jim Fitterling said Dow plans to idle three polyethylene and two elastomer plants.
04/30/2020
Dow to idle five plants in Americas

Chairman and CEO Jim Fitterling said Dow plans to idle three polyethylene and two elastomer plants.

Dow executives said they will idle five plants. It's a move that, along with others, will help to match production with demand in the wake of COVID-19.

"While this unprecedented crisis continues to disrupt our business and the broader automotive industry, I am confident w...
04/30/2020
Goodyear adapting to COVID-19 curveball

"While this unprecedented crisis continues to disrupt our business and the broader automotive industry, I am confident we will emerge from this crisis in a strong position," said Richard Kramer, Goodyear chairman, CEO and president.

AKRON—Richard Kramer, Goodyear's chairman, CEO and president, said Goodyear is not immune to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the tire maker can adjust. And it has.

Bruce Lambillotte from @WeAreSmithers will join us at #ITEC2020. With an extensive background in testing and analysis, h...
04/30/2020

Bruce Lambillotte from @WeAreSmithers will join us at #ITEC2020. With an extensive background in testing and analysis, he focuses on product and process-specific technical consulting involving a wide variety of polymer products. See the full lineup at http://ow.ly/DjnB50zpDbY

Thermoplastic elastomers are being challenged by the impacts of COVID-19. But there's good news, too.
04/29/2020
Medical demand for TPE, SBCs, TPUs could surge

Thermoplastic elastomers are being challenged by the impacts of COVID-19. But there's good news, too.

AKRON—Thermoplastic elastomers are being challenged by the impacts of COVID-19. But the medical sector could provide a ray of hope.

Standards Testing Labs has been the largest independent tire testing laboratory in the world for more than 40 years. The...
04/29/2020

Standards Testing Labs has been the largest independent tire testing laboratory in the world for more than 40 years. There's a reason why they've been so successful; learn more at #ITEC2020! http://ow.ly/DcLr50zpCdn #tire #tirebusiness

Two weeks after Bridgestone reopened its ag tire plant in Des Moines, Iowa, an employee there has tested positive for th...
04/28/2020
Bridgestone employee at Iowa plant tests positive for COVID-19

Two weeks after Bridgestone reopened its ag tire plant in Des Moines, Iowa, an employee there has tested positive for the coronavirus.

DES MOINES, Iowa—After an employee at the Bridgestone Americas agricultural tire plant in Des Moines tested positive for the coronavirus, the company says it is prepared to protect its work force.

We know you've been incredibly busy navigating the new work from home dynamic. That's why ITEC is extending the deadline...
04/28/2020

We know you've been incredibly busy navigating the new work from home dynamic. That's why ITEC is extending the deadline for submissions for papers to June 1! If you have a technical topic for consideration, tell us about it! http://ow.ly/mnKf50zpzbx

To kick off #ITEC2020, Keynote speaker Eric Higgs will discuss the evolution of mobility with an emphasis on fleet manag...
04/27/2020

To kick off #ITEC2020, Keynote speaker Eric Higgs will discuss the evolution of mobility with an emphasis on fleet management trends. See the full lineup of incredible speakers here: http://ow.ly/PM5e50zktQZ #tire #tiremanufacturing

Call for abstracts extended to June 1, 2020, for #ITEC2020 Learn more and submit a paper: http://ow.ly/mrwa50znEyA #rubb...
04/24/2020

Call for abstracts extended to June 1, 2020, for #ITEC2020

Learn more and submit a paper: http://ow.ly/mrwa50znEyA

#rubber #rubbernews #tires #tireshow

Goodyear has decided to permanently close its tire plant in Gadsden, Alabama. The move comes after a number buyouts and ...
04/23/2020
Goodyear permanently closing Gadsden tire plant

Goodyear has decided to permanently close its tire plant in Gadsden, Alabama. The move comes after a number buyouts and layoffs.

GADSDEN, Ala.—Goodyear will permanently close its 90-year-old passenger tire plant in Gadsden as part of the firm's strategy to strengthen its competitiveness by focusing on growing more profitable segments.

#SponsoredByHEXPOL: View the 10 factors that make HEXPOL different than any other rubber compounder.
04/23/2020
It’s what you can’t see that makes the Difference at HEXPOL

#SponsoredByHEXPOL: View the 10 factors that make HEXPOL different than any other rubber compounder.

There are 10 good factors that makes HEXPOL different than any other rubber compounder. As a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced high-quality rubber compounds, our integrated approach is what makes HEXPOL a world leader.

Cooper Tire is gearing up to restart U.S. tire production, after idling plants because of the coronavirus pandemic.
04/23/2020
Cooper to restart tire production in U.S., idle plant in Mexico

Cooper Tire is gearing up to restart U.S. tire production, after idling plants because of the coronavirus pandemic.

FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire is planning to restart production at some of its idled plants, while at the same time idling a plant in Mexico.

If you're looking for #tire marking solutions, our friends at Matthews Marking Systems offers low-maintenance, cost-effe...
04/21/2020

If you're looking for #tire marking solutions, our friends at Matthews Marking Systems offers low-maintenance, cost-effective rubber marking solutions without sacrificing speed or quality. Be sure to mark them on your list for #ITEC2020! http://ow.ly/YALW50zjltH

Automation systems solutions from Erhardt & Leimer are the long-lasting response to the continuous increase in requireme...
04/20/2020

Automation systems solutions from Erhardt & Leimer are the long-lasting response to the continuous increase in requirements on modern machines and systems. See them here and at #ITEC2020: http://ow.ly/hRs750zcF6L #tire #tiremanufacturing

A world leader in separation technology, Eriez will showcase solutions for improving efficiency, purity and profitabilit...
04/20/2020

A world leader in separation technology, Eriez will showcase solutions for improving efficiency, purity and profitability at #ITEC2020. Check out their solutions for #tire manufacturing here: http://ow.ly/qGJL50zjkOW

From credentialed speakers to exhibitors offering practical solutions, attendees to #ITEC2020 gather from around the glo...
04/20/2020

From credentialed speakers to exhibitors offering practical solutions, attendees to #ITEC2020 gather from around the globe for this three day event. It only happens once every two years. You won't want to miss it! http://ow.ly/AHUL50zcE1J #tire #tiremanufacturing #rubber

#ITEC2020 keynote speaker Eric Higgs from @Bridgestone will discuss the evolution of mobility with an emphasis on fleet ...
04/17/2020

#ITEC2020 keynote speaker Eric Higgs from @Bridgestone will discuss the evolution of mobility with an emphasis on fleet management trends. This is an event you don't want to miss! http://ow.ly/lT0o50zcElZ

From generating new leads to connecting with existing customers, #ITEC2020 is the place to do it. Booth spaces are filli...
04/16/2020

From generating new leads to connecting with existing customers, #ITEC2020 is the place to do it. Booth spaces are filling quickly! Click here to see what's available and book your space today: http://ow.ly/olBR50zcCNc

The Herzlich Award celebrates an individual who has advanced a paradigm shift in tire manufacturing, reliability or perf...
04/15/2020

The Herzlich Award celebrates an individual who has advanced a paradigm shift in tire manufacturing, reliability or performance. We're now accepting nominations until May 8. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/zGwf50zcChN #ITEC2020 #innovation #tires #tireshow

Step up to the podium during #ITEC2020 and join an elite group of presenters. There's only a few more weeks left to subm...
04/14/2020

Step up to the podium during #ITEC2020 and join an elite group of presenters. There's only a few more weeks left to submit a paper on #recycling, #tires, #applications #ASTMStandards and more: http://ow.ly/KcLI50zcC5Z

#SponsoredByHEXPOL: “Compounding manufacturing objectives, processes, and equipment should be evaluated.”
04/14/2020
Reasons for Using Performance Additives

#SponsoredByHEXPOL: “Compounding manufacturing objectives, processes, and equipment should be evaluated.”

Most performance additive scenarios occur when an existing process needs improvement to ensure that operations function and perform as desired. Compound manufacturing objectives, processes, and equipment should be evaluated. Additives provide process improvements and increased throughput that contri...

For more than 25 years, Bruce Lambillotte has provided the team Smithers with expertise in testing and analysis on every...
04/13/2020

For more than 25 years, Bruce Lambillotte has provided the team Smithers with expertise in testing and analysis on everything from rubber compounding to tire reinforcements and development. Hear him speak during #ITEC2020. http://ow.ly/71yE50z6AXi

Spending most of her career materials development in the Rubber Industry, Christine Domer is now the General Manager at ...
04/13/2020

Spending most of her career materials development in the Rubber Industry, Christine Domer is now the General Manager at @WeAreSmithers. She's one of the many incredible speakers scheduled to present during #ITEC2020. Reserve your seat today: http://ow.ly/OdLc50zcDun

VMI Tire is the leading supplier of technology for the manufacture of superior radial passenger vehicle, light truck, al...
04/10/2020

VMI Tire is the leading supplier of technology for the manufacture of superior radial passenger vehicle, light truck, all-steel truck and bus tires. See them at #ITEC2020! http://ow.ly/wz6X50z6Ai0 #tire #tiremanufacturing VMI Group

If you're in the #tire industry and have an innovative topic to present, we want to hear about it! http://ow.ly/VKy750z6...
04/09/2020

If you're in the #tire industry and have an innovative topic to present, we want to hear about it! http://ow.ly/VKy750z6y39 #tire #rubber

"We can't stay sheltered forever," Goodyear CEO Rich Kramer said. "I believe we should be sheltered now, so don't misund...
04/09/2020
Goodyear hopes to open idled tire plants in May

"We can't stay sheltered forever," Goodyear CEO Rich Kramer said. "I believe we should be sheltered now, so don't misunderstand me. But we can't do it forever. At some point down the road, we are going to have to make trade-offs on how we deal with this to get the economy back up and running."

In an exclusive interview with Crain's Tire Business, Goodyear CEO Richard Kramer discusses what it will take to get the tire maker's global facilities back up and running.

Do you know an innovator who should be recognized for their contribution to the #tire industry? Nominate them for the He...
04/09/2020

Do you know an innovator who should be recognized for their contribution to the #tire industry? Nominate them for the Herzlich Award 2020! http://ow.ly/USM850za8B8

#ITEC2020 #rubber #tireindustry #innovation

Right now, North America needs its truckers.So Bridgestone is gearing up to be sure they have the tires they need to del...
04/09/2020
Bridgestone set to reopen North American operations

Right now, North America needs its truckers.

So Bridgestone is gearing up to be sure they have the tires they need to deliver our goods safely.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas plans to restart its North American commercial tire plants as well as its North American Firestone Industrial Products and Firestone Building Products manufacturing facilities.

How long with the coronavirus' impact on business last? It's tough to say. Here's a look at three different time lines.
04/09/2020
How long will the coronavirus pandemic last? Here are three scenarios.

How long with the coronavirus' impact on business last? It's tough to say. Here's a look at three different time lines.

NEW YORK—When it comes to COVID-19, unknowns and uncertainty abound. New York-based management consulting firm Oliver Wyman offers these scenarios and insights as to how it all could play out.

#SponsoredByHEXPOL: “Users of elastomers and chemical additives require high-performance compounding for the rubber prod...
04/08/2020
Process Control Systems Ensure Consistency and Lot Traceability While Protecting Proprietary Formulations

#SponsoredByHEXPOL: “Users of elastomers and chemical additives require high-performance compounding for the rubber products they manufacture.”

Whether OEMs and fabricators need mixing support or they need assistance with formulation development and processing efficiency, they face common issues and concerns when employing third-party elastomer and chemical additive providers...

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