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NEW YORK - The world’s tire makers may cut prices as raw material costs decline in an attempt to win market share, a new report from Standard & Poor’s equity rating service concludes.

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GADSDEN, Alabama - Goodyear broke ground Sept. 14 on a USD100 million-plus, two- to three-year modernization and expansion of its 78-year-old passenger and light truck tire plant in Gadsden that will add capacity for higher-value, larger rim-diameter tires.

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BOULDER CITY, Nevada - Richard Steinke has surrendered his titles of chairman and CEO at Amerityre Corp., but hasn´t given up his dream of seeing his company develop a viable polyurethane car tire.

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WASHINGTON - The Rubber Manufacturers Association has developed a tire care curriculum for student drivers.

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GREENVILLE, South Carolina - Michelin North America Inc. is warning consumers in the U.S. and Canada that prize notifications sent in the company’s name to people in at least nine states is a scam.

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The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council has announced the finalists for this year’s Polyurethane “Innovation Awards.”

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RALEIGH, North Carolina - It took only two days for the North Carolina General Assembly and the governor to negotiate and approve a compromise bill Sept. 11 that provides incentives for both Goodyear and Bridgestone/Firestone to upgrade their tire plants in the state.

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NOVI, Michigan - Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc. said it has completed its acquisition of the Metzeler Automotive Profile Systems sealing systems operations in five countries for about USD 137 million.

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Effective 1 June 2007 Ron Birnbaum has been appointed head of the Americas Region at Degussa’s High Performance Polymers Business Unit, responsible for business in North and South America.

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Borouge announced that it plans to develop a compounding facility in China for the manufacture of high performance polypropylene compounds for applications in the automotive and electrical appliance sectors.

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