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SOLON, Ohio - Elastomer compound supplier Excel Polymers L.L.C. has purchased Vita-Calender, a specialized rubber processing unit of Salford, UK-based British Vita.

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OAKLAND PARK, Fla. An unnamed company in Angola has purchased Tesco of America Inc.’s Trent Rubber specialty tube and envelope manufacturing division, and will make the rubber tubes in Africa.

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Malvern Instruments has made two new appointments to its rheology applications sales and support team in Europe, reflecting the company’s growing sales in Europe and continued commitment to excellent support for the rheology market.

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Demand for thermoplastics in Russia reached nearly 3.3 million tonnes in 2006 according to the recently published AMI’s 2007 Russian and CIS plastics industry report.

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FINDLAY, Ohio - Cooper Tire & Rubber Company’s board has named Robert Welding, president and CEO of Federal Signal Corp., a director. Welding, 58, also is a member of Federal Signal´s board.

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QUINCY, Illinois: Titan Tire Corp. will raise prices on General-brand off-the-road tires up to 6 percent, effective Sept. 1.

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DETROIT: Private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management L.P. acquired 80.1-percent ownership of Chrysler Group today, ending a 9-year-old transatlantic merger that was supposed to change the auto industry.

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PITTSBURGH: A federal judge issued a summary judgment July 31 ordering Continental Tire North America Inc. to pay medical premiums for 2,000 retired United Steelworkers members who filed a class-action lawsuit against their employer after Continental arbitrarily cut the benefit, according to the USW.

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CHARLOTTE, North America - Continental Tire North America Inc. will raise prices Oct. 1 in the U.S. on all Continental, General and other Conti proprietary brand passenger and light truck tires by up to 6 percent.

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CLEVELAND - Parker Hannifin Corp. reported record sales and earnings for the fourth consecutive year, posting net profits of USD830 million on net sales of USD10.7 billion in fiscal 2007.

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