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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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AKRON - Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire recently told its 2,200 retail stores to stop selling used tires, while the Rubber Manufacturers Association for the first time sent a service bulletin warning that "used passenger and light truck tires that have an uncertain or unknown history pose a potential risk."

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Effective immediately, BASF is raising its prices for the styrene plastic Luran (SAN) in Europe by EUR 100 per metric ton.

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Continental A.G. has received European Union Commission approval to the purchase of majority control of Slovak Republic-based Matador a.s. tyre, conveyor belt and rubber machinery operations.

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Source: Xinhua, Beijing; 18 June 2007

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AKRON - The Rubber Division of ACS plans to publish a book in 2009 to honor the 100th anniversary of the organization.

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina. - Dow Reichhold Specialty Latex increased the price of nitrile butadiene latex used in gloves by 5 percent, effective June 1 worldwide.

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