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Titan International Inc. and the United Steelworkers (USW) union together have asked the U.S. government to impose duties on off-the-road tires -- industrial, implement, farm/forestry, skid-steers, etc. -- imported from China.

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Myers Industries Inc. shareholders will convene July 23 at the company´s Akron headquarters to vote on Goldman, Sachs & Co.´s proposal to purchase the plastics and rubber products manufacturer for USD1.07 billion, or USD22.50 per share.

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KITCHENER, Ontario - A demonstration by the United Steelworkers on May 23 aimed to coincide with Michelin’s planned auction of tire machinery from the former B.F. Goodrich plant in Kitchener.

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The RAG subsidiary Degussa announced the formal opening of its new isophorone production line in Herne, Germany.

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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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