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The managing board of DSM, Heerlen, the Netherlands, has decided to invest in the implementation of a new advanced catalyst technology in one of its existing EPDM facilities in Geleen, the Netherlands.

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Source: Daily "Bangkok Post", Bangkok; 31 Oct 2007

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DUSSELDORF, Germany - Kaucuk Kalupy, a Czech synthetic rubber producer, and Dwory Group have restructured their activities after Dwory’s acquisition of Kaucuk.

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WASHINGTON - The International Trade Commission (ITC) said it will make a preliminary ruling by Nov. 5 on whether U.S. manufacturers of flexible rubber magnets are being hurt by imports from China and Taiwan.

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MARYVILLE, Missouri - Carbolytic Materials Co. L.L.C., which makes a carbon black alternative from shredded scrap tires, has agreed to become the first tenant at Northwest Missouri State University’s Center of Excellence.

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VIDALIA, Louisiana - BizCapital, the small business lending arm of private equity firm Advantage Capital Partners, has lent Louisiana Elastomer L.L.C. USD 6.5 million for construction of its 50,000-sq.-ft. startup production facility in Vidalia.

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Yokohama Rubber, Tokyo, Japan, announced that it opened the second plant of its Onomichi Plant on 22 October 2007.

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FULLERTON, California - Yokohama Tire Corp. plans to introduce the ZPS, the firm’s first Advan run-flat tire, next week at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas.

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Solvin, a joint venture of Solvay and BASF (75 %:25 %), announced that it will build a new production line for polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) latex at its Tavaux, France, manufacturing site.

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DUSSELDORF, Germany - Kraton Polymers L.L.C. said its recent expansion of its isoprene rubber latex facility in Brazil has opened the door for the company to enter the premium dipped rubber goods market.

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