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VW Recognizes Bridgestone

VW Recognizes Bridgestone

Bridgestone wins Volkswagen Group Award Bridgestone Corporation has received a 2015 VW Group Award in recognition of the tire manufacturer’s achievement as one of Volkswagen Group’s best suppliers. The award was presented by Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, and Dr. Francisco Javier […]

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Latest Toyota Prius C Dubbed IIHS Top Safety Pick After Updates

Latest Toyota Prius C Dubbed IIHS Top Safety Pick After Updates

The 2015 Toyota Prius C hybrid subcompact has now become a “IIHS Top Safety Pick” among new cars, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The crash-test ratings of the smallest Toyota hybrid improved after updates were made during the 2015 model year. These changes allowed the Prius C […]

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Despite challenges, rubber industry remains healthy in Golden State

Despite challenges, rubber industry remains healthy in Golden State

The rubber industry’s landscape in California has changed greatly over the years. Decades back, the state was home to a large contingent of rubber enterprises, from tire manufacturers to automotive goods suppliers, material suppliers, a network of tooling firms and everything in between. Now, tire factories are long gone, along […]

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Opportunities abound in California for rubber firms

CERRITOS, Calif.—When Specialty Silicone Fabricators was looking to expand and build new facilities twice in the last decade, rather than going elsewhere, it remained in California. Specialty Silicone—like the other California-based firms that participated in Rubber & Plastics News roundtable at R.D. Abbott Co. Inc.’s headquarters in Cerritos—decided that the […]

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Regulations impact Califorina rubber firms

Regulations impact Califorina rubber firms

CERRITOS, Calif.—There’s little doubt that what irks rubber company executives in California more than anything else is the state’s regulatory environment. Officials who attended a Rubber & Plastics News roundtable, hosted at R.D. Abbott Co. Inc.’s site in Cerritos, covered many areas they feel put an unfair burden on rubber […]

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Nokian to cut output, jobs at plant in Finland

HELSINKI, Finland (Aug. 10, 2015) — Nokian Tyres P.L.C. is seeking to cut up to 150 jobs at its tire plant in Nokia, Finland, in line with planned production cutbacks there necessitated by the weakened economic picture in the company’s key markets in Russia and eastern Europe. The tire maker […]

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Yokohama posts record 6-month results

Yokohama posts record 6-month results

TOKYO (Aug. 10, 2015) — Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. reported higher operating income and sales for the six months ended June 30, but net income slid nearly 10 percent. Operating income was up 7.3 percent to $201.6 million on the effects of higher sales, low raw materials prices and a […]

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Michelin recalling BFGoodrich truck tires

Michelin recalling BFGoodrich truck tires

GREENVILLE, S.C.—Michelin North America Inc. is recalling approximately 129,000 commercial light truck tires sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico under its BFGoodrich brand, with about 104,000 of those tires entering the U.S. market. The Greenville-based tire maker said it observed that a limited number of the affected tires experienced […]

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Consumer aftermarket shipments on par with 2014

Consumer aftermarket shipments on par with 2014

WASHINGTON (Aug. 10, 2015) — U.S. demand for replacement car and light truck tires this year will be essentially unchanged from 2014, the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) said in its latest U.S. shipments forecast. Replacement passenger tire shipments are expected to be up 0.1 percent this year to 206.8 million […]

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BFGoodrich Announces Safety Recall

BFGoodrich Announces Safety Recall

BFGoodrich is recalling approximately 129,000 tires sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Approximately 6,400 of the recalled tires were sold in the Canadian market. These tires are primarily found on commercial light trucks, as well as full-sized heavy-duty vans, small RVs and some 3/4 and one ton pick-up trucks. […]

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