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AKRON - Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire recently told its 2,200 retail stores to stop selling used tires, while the Rubber Manufacturers Association for the first time sent a service bulletin warning that "used passenger and light truck tires that have an uncertain or unknown history pose a potential risk."

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Effective immediately, BASF is raising its prices for the styrene plastic Luran (SAN) in Europe by EUR 100 per metric ton.

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Bayer MaterialScience has inaugurated its first integrated Systems House in the Indian Subcontinent, BaySystems India.

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Continental A.G. has received European Union Commission approval to the purchase of majority control of Slovak Republic-based Matador a.s. tyre, conveyor belt and rubber machinery operations.

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Source: Xinhua, Beijing; 18 June 2007

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AKRON - The Rubber Division of ACS plans to publish a book in 2009 to honor the 100th anniversary of the organization.

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina. - Dow Reichhold Specialty Latex increased the price of nitrile butadiene latex used in gloves by 5 percent, effective June 1 worldwide.

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Source: Daily "The Nation", Bangkok, Thailand; 16 June 2007

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