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DETROIT: Crain Communications Inc., which publishes Rubber & Plastics News, has bought two Croydon, England-based publications, Plastics & Rubber Weekly and European Plastics News.

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The joint venture will produce high-grade propylene glycol from glycerin.

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Rhodia Polyamide’s Engineering Plastics activities and SpecialChem announced their new partnership on the Omnexus platform.

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CAMBRIDGE, Ohio - Rubber seal maker Edgetech IG Inc. said it will open its first European factory in the Coventry, England, area.

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OSAKA, Japan: Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. will go ahead with a planned expansion of capacity at its passenger and light truck tire plant in Bartow, Georgia, investing $50 million to boost annual output there 65 percent by 2009.

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AKRON: Goodyear said its net income for the second quarter rose to USD56 million from USD2 million in 2006 on record sales, despite a 2.7-percent falloff in North American Tire sales.

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WAYNE, New Jersey - Hankook Tire America Corp. has unveiled the ultra-high performance Ventus Z212 tire for street driving.

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UNION, New Jersey - A recall of Chinese-made light truck radials probably will involve about 250,000 tires, rather than the original estimate of 450,000, according to importer Foreign Tire Sales Inc.

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Bridgestone Firestone Off Road Tire Co. now is selling Bandag´s Continuum-brand retread materials, following its parent company´s purchase of Bandag Inc. in May.

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FINDLAY, Ohio - Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. selected Mark Krivoruchka senior vice president, global human resources, effective Aug. 6. He also will be a member of the executive committee of the company, Cooper said.

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