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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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"Given the dynamic nature of these circumstances, the duration of business disruption cannot be reasonably estimated at ...
02/06/2020
Goodyear suspends operations in China, citing coronavirus concerns

"Given the dynamic nature of these circumstances, the duration of business disruption cannot be reasonably estimated at this time," Goodyear said, regarding the #coronavirus.

#goodyear

AKRON—Goodyear has suspended operations at two facilities in China, until at least Feb. 9, over concerns about the Wuhan coronavirus.

Our ITEC event celebrates the latest tire innovations. But the Harold Herzlich Distinguished Technology Achievement Meda...
02/05/2020

Our ITEC event celebrates the latest tire innovations. But the Harold Herzlich Distinguished Technology Achievement Medal honors the biggest ideas that brought us here.

Nominate someone for the award at https://www.itec-tireshow.com/itec_herzlich_award.cfm

The 105 layoffs come on the heels of 740 accepted buyouts in December at the Gadsden plant. The work force now is at 411...
02/05/2020
Goodyear lays off 105 workers at Gadsden plant

The 105 layoffs come on the heels of 740 accepted buyouts in December at the Gadsden plant. The work force now is at 411 employees (393 protected) at the facility, down from more than 1,600 employees several years ago, Williams said.

GADSDEN, Ala.—The work force at Goodyear's manufacturing facility in Gadsden has taken another hit, as the tire maker recently laid off 105 employees at the 90-year-old plant.

#Breaking: OSHA investigating an accidental death at BFGoodrich's Fort Wayne Indiana plant."The USW is eager to assist i...
01/31/2020
OSHA investigating death at BFGoodrich's Indiana plant

#Breaking: OSHA investigating an accidental death at BFGoodrich's Fort Wayne Indiana plant.

"The USW is eager to assist in the investigation into its cause and work together with management to prevent another tragedy in the future," Local 715 President Terry Cunningham wrote in the letter.

WOODBURN, Ind.—The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other authorities are investigating the accidental death of a worker at the BFGoodrich plant in Woodburn, near Fort Wayne.

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01/31/2020

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Robert Patterson, PolyOne CEO, president and chairman, said that the Clariant deal is "truly transformational" for PolyO...
01/31/2020
PolyOne went from seller to buyer in big second-half deals

Robert Patterson, PolyOne CEO, president and chairman, said that the Clariant deal is "truly transformational" for PolyOne and will make the firm a $4 billion business that will be "truly global."

https://www.rubbernews.com/acquisition/polyone-went-seller-buyer-big-second-half-deals

AVON LAKE, Ohio—Robert Patterson, PolyOne CEO, president and chairman, said the Clariant acquisition is "truly transformational" for PolyOne, one that will make the firm a $4 billion, "truly global" business.

Auto makers probably will dial back production by 15 percent in China this quarter after extending holiday shutdowns due...
01/31/2020
Automakers, suppliers scale back, issue profit warnings as coronavirus spreads

Auto makers probably will dial back production by 15 percent in China this quarter after extending holiday shutdowns due to the potentially deadly coronavirus, a top supplier said.

https://www.autonews.com/china/automakers-suppliers-scale-back-issue-profit-warnings-coronavirus-spreads

Automakers and suppliers suspended production and limited employee travel in China as the country grappled with a rapidly spreading SARS-like coronavirus that has killed 170 people and is threatening a key market for sales and profits.

#SponsoredByHEXPOL: “Users of elastomers and chemical additives require high-performance compounding for the rubber prod...
01/30/2020
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...

PolyOne's 2019 will be remembered for two standout transactions, moves that boosted the company's shares and set the tab...
01/30/2020
PolyOne's successful 2019 sets the table for big year in 2020

PolyOne's 2019 will be remembered for two standout transactions, moves that boosted the company's shares and set the table for an even better 2020.

AVON LAKE, Ohio—PolyOne wrapped up an eventful year with higher earnings for shareholders, thanks in large part to some strategic transactions.

"Personally, I believe confidence is a skill you don't learn. It's in here. It comes from knowing what you know. No one ...
01/30/2020
Rubber Division workshop offers keys to unlock potential

"Personally, I believe confidence is a skill you don't learn. It's in here. It comes from knowing what you know. No one knows what you know as well as you know it."

https://www.rubbernews.com/news/rubber-division-workshop-offers-keys-unlock-potential

CLEVELAND—During a one-day workshop, held ahead of the International Elastomer Conference, the Women of the Rubber Division's WORDs Matter seminar helped to empower women by giving them the resources, know-how and networking opportunities that would allow them to grow in their careers.

Fast. Fancy. And Electric.It's just one of the cars Washington Reporter Miles Moore found at the #DCAutoShow.
01/28/2020

Fast. Fancy. And Electric.

It's just one of the cars Washington Reporter Miles Moore found at the #DCAutoShow.

"That's what Jeff Bezos proved, didn't he? That service is king? Anyone can make a widget, but not everyone can deliver ...
01/28/2020
Mechanical Rubber eyes California production plant

"That's what Jeff Bezos proved, didn't he? That service is king? Anyone can make a widget, but not everyone can deliver service."

Mechanical Rubber CEO Cedric Glasper is determined to do just that. Deliver on customer service.

https://www.rubbernews.com/expansion/mechanical-rubber-eyes-california-production-plant

WARWICK, N.Y.—"Service is king" is a mantra by which Mechanical Rubber wants to operate. With that focus in mind, the East Coast manufacturer is heading west, looking to establish a manufacturing facility in central California.

GPSNR needs to address a series of shortcomings if it is to start delivering a truly sustainable value-chain for natural...
01/28/2020
Mighty Earth pushes GPSNR to address shortcomings

GPSNR needs to address a series of shortcomings if it is to start delivering a truly sustainable value-chain for natural rubber, according to Mighty Earth.

https://www.rubbernews.com/suppliers/mighty-earth-pushes-gpsnr-address-shortcomings

WASHINGTON—The Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber needs to address a series of shortcomings if it is to start delivering a truly sustainable value-chain for natural rubber, according to Mighty Earth.

"That's what Jeff Bezos proved, didn't he? That service is king? Anyone can make a widget, but not everyone can deliver ...
01/28/2020
U.S. auto, auto parts makers not helped by Phase I trade pact with China

"That's what Jeff Bezos proved, didn't he? That service is king? Anyone can make a widget, but not everyone can deliver service."

https://www.rubbernews.com/expansion/mechanical-rubber-eyes-california-production-plant

WASHINGTON—The "Phase 1" trade agreement between the U.S. and China received mixed reviews from panelists at Mobility Talks International, held Jan. 22 as part of the annual Washington Auto Show.

Whitehouse Associates L.L.C. has gone back to its roots to focus on deals in the fluid power industry, and they are bank...
01/27/2020
M&A advice goes a long way for Whitehouse

Whitehouse Associates L.L.C. has gone back to its roots to focus on deals in the fluid power industry, and they are banking on a team that has both operations and transactions experience in the sector to help it succeed.

A mergers and acquisitions advisory firm has gone back to its roots to focus on deals in the fluid power industry, and they are banking on a team that has both operations and transactions experience in the sector to help it succeed.

#SponsoredByHEXPOL: “Compounding manufacturing objectives, processes, and equipment should be evaluated.”
01/27/2020
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...

#SponsoredByHEXPOL: “Powerful and pro table solutions for compound manufacturing can be found by using proprietary perfo...
01/23/2020
Power of Performance Additives

#SponsoredByHEXPOL: “Powerful and pro table solutions for compound manufacturing can be found by using proprietary performance additives, productivity enhancing pre-dispersed chemicals, master-batch products, and color concentrates.”

Powerful and pro table solutions for compound manufacturing can be found by using proprietary performance additives, productivity enhancing pre-dispersed chemicals, master-batch products, and color concentrates...

Details of the restructuring plan and its implementation are subject to relevant approval and regulatory procedures, Pir...
01/23/2020
Pirelli alerts shareholders to ChemChina/ Sinochem restructuring moves

Details of the restructuring plan and its implementation are subject to relevant approval and regulatory procedures, Pirelli said after being notified of the pending action by ChemChina.

MILAN—ChemChina has notified Pirelli that it and Sinochem Group are planning a strategic restructuring.

"Large companies inherently tend to look inward, but what Goodyear seems to be trying to do with Goodyear Ventures is to...
01/23/2020
Goodyear seeks more than monetary return from new venture fund

"Large companies inherently tend to look inward, but what Goodyear seems to be trying to do with Goodyear Ventures is to look outward. It sounds like a smart way for Goodyear to gain access to and invest in new technologies."

https://www.rubbernews.com/automotive/goodyear-seeks-more-monetary-return-new-venture-fund

AKRON—Goodyear is hoping for more than a traditional return on investment with its new $100 million venture capital fund, Goodyear Ventures.

The deal "is part of the ongoing transformation of Eaton into a higher-growth company with better earnings consistency,"...
01/21/2020
Eaton to sell its Hydraulics business for $3.3 billion

The deal "is part of the ongoing transformation of Eaton into a higher-growth company with better earnings consistency," according to Craig Arnold, Eaton's chairman and CEO.

DUBLIN—Power management company Eaton said late on Jan. 21 that it has agreed to sell its Hydraulics business to a Danish company, Danfoss A/S, for $3.3 billion in cash.

#SponsoredByHEXPOL: “Careful planning and timely expansion have positioned HEXPOL Silicone's dedicated facility in Mogad...
01/20/2020
HEXPOL Silicone is Looking to the Future

#SponsoredByHEXPOL: “Careful planning and timely expansion have positioned HEXPOL Silicone's dedicated facility in Mogadore, OH to meet the growing demands of the market."

HEXPOL Silicone Compounding has just emerged from one of the best years on record yet. HEXPOL is dedicated to focusing on today and the future. Careful planning and timely expansion have positioned HEXPOL Silicone's dedicated facility in Mogadore, OH to meet the growing demands of the market.

Walt Smith has invested 40 years in Thombert, helping it and the polyurethane industry grow. Now, it's time for new adve...
01/19/2020
Walt Smith retires after leading Thombert for 40 years

Walt Smith has invested 40 years in Thombert, helping it and the polyurethane industry grow. Now, it's time for new adventures.

https://www.rubbernews.com/executive-action/walt-smith-retires-after-leading-thombert-40-years

NEWTON, Iowa—An innovative leader in the polyurethane industry and one of the early members of the Polyurethane Manufacturers Association, Walt Smith has stepped down from his posts as CEO and chairman of Thombert.

The ACS Rubber Division is seeking abstracts for potential papers for its 2020 International Elastomer Conference's Tech...
01/19/2020
Rubber Division seeks abstracts for fall International Elastomer Conference

The ACS Rubber Division is seeking abstracts for potential papers for its 2020 International Elastomer Conference's Technical Meeting and Student Colloquium, set for Oct. 20-22 in Knoxville, Tenn.

https://www.rubbernews.com/news/rubber-division-seeks-abstracts-fall-international-elastomer-conference

FAIRLAWN, Ohio—The ACS Rubber Division is seeking abstracts for potential papers for its 2020 International Elastomer Conference's Technical Meeting and Student Colloquium, set for Oct. 20-22 in Knoxville, Tenn.

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