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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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QUINCY, Illinois: Titan International Inc.’s board of directors has approved funding to add production capacity for 57- and 63-inch radial low-profile off-the-road (OTR) mining tires using Titan’s proprietary technology for 15-degree wheels.

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AKRON - A majority of Myers Industries Inc. stockholders approved the acquisition of the tire service equipment supplier by GS Capital Partners, a private equity fund of Goldman, Sachs & Co., during a special meeting July 23.

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AKRON - Continental A.G and Internet/mail order retailer Tire Rack are recommending motorists replace their vehicle tires before they reach the legal minimum tread depth of 2/32 inch.

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WASHINGTON - The Rubber Manufacturers Association spent about USD 100,000 last year on outside consultants to lobby Congress to pass a national tire fuel efficiency program, according to forms submitted to the Senate.

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Source: Daily "Bangkok Post", Bangkok; 23 July 2007

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TOOELE, Utah - Michelin North America Inc. has launched two BFGoodrich products, an ultra-high-performance passenger tire and an aggressive light truck tire.

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Canada’s Competition Bureau said DuPont Performance Elastomers L.L.C. has been fined about $3.86 million for its role in an international conspiracy to fix prices of polychloroprene rubber.

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EXTON, Pennsylvania: Sartomer Co., specialty chemical manufacturer plans to open a technical center and office space in Yokohama, Japan, in December.

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