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Honda held an official groundbreaking ceremony for its USD 550 million automobile plant, to be known as Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN), located in Greensburg, IN, USA, and revealed that the new plant's 2.000 associates will produce the popular and fuel efficient Honda Civic sedan when mass production begins in fall 2008.

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US tire shipments this year will improve only slightly as lower original equipment demand offsets "limited growth" in the replacement sector, according to the latest forecast from the Rubber Manufacturers Association.

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Air spring specialist Firestone Industrial Products Co. L.L.C. was named 2006 Supplier of the Year by United Auto PartsĀ“ heavy duty vehicle parts division.

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ExxonMobil Chemical has opened a new polymers automotive applications center in Kawasaki, Japan.

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Hercules Tire & Rubber Co. expects to surpass USD 500 million in sales this year after posting record sales of USD 433 million in fiscal 2006.

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Dow Chemical Co. said it will build its first global-scale plant to produce infuse olefin block copolymers at a facility in Freeport, TX, USA.

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Lanxess Buna L.L.C., the newly created subsidiary of Lanxess Corp. that produces EPDM at a plant in Orange, TX, USA, became operational March 1.

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Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. reported consolidated net sales of USD 739 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2006.

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Lehigh Technologies Inc., engineered rubber powder manufacturer has reached a strategic recycling agreement with scrap tire processor MTR Inc.

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