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Gary Benninger, chief operating officer of Amerityre Corporation, will serve as president of the company effective immediately and also assume the title of CEO on 1 September.

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HOUSTON - ExxonMobil Chemical Co. said it will begin construction of a plant in Pensacola, Fla., to produce a dynamically vulcanized alloy of its Exxpro specialty elastomer and nylon, for use as tire inner liners.

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Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. is boosting prices for its passenger and light truck tires by as much as 7 percent as of Aug. 1, depending on the model.

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Cooper-Standard has signed an agreement to purchase a group of rubber sealing operations from Metzeler Automotive Profile Systems, a deal valued at about USD130 million.

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Source: Ontario Farmer, June 19, 2007: Michelin’s new Ultraflex technology, built into Axiobib tires, represents a marked change in how agriculture tires are designed and the company hopes that it means less compaction especially for the larger horsepower tractors which are now rumbling over crop fields.

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Albemarle Corp. said it will boost the production of its Martinal-brand fine precipitated aluminum trihydrate flame retardants at a plant in Germany to meet growing global demand by the wire and cable field.

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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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