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Tire manufacturers weigh in on steel imports investigation  

Friday, May 26, 2017

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) testified before a U.S. Commerce Department hearing investigating the national security implications of steel imports. Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (19 U.S.C. §1862) authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to conduct comprehensive investigations to determine the effects of imports of any article on the national security of the United States. USTMA is requesting that specific types of tire cord-quality steel wire rod, tire cord and bead wire be excluded from the Commerce Department investigation since domestic suppliers cannot meet volume and quality needs for this critical tire safety component. “Tire manufacturing is vital to the U.S. economy,” said Tracey Norberg, USTMA senior vice president and general counsel. “Tires manufactured by USTMA members safely transport millions of Americans and millions of tons of goods each day throughout the United States. In addition, the U.S. military depends on the tire manufacturing industry to supply tires to protect our national security.” Virtually all of the steel wire rod used to manufacture high tensile tire cord and bead wire that is consumed in U.S. tire manufacturing plants is sourced from foreign suppliers due to the stringent performance and quality requirements of tire manufacturing, as well as quality and supply limitations of domestic steel wire rod suppliers. “A disruption in tire manufacturing in the U.S. would harm the U.S. economy, since consistent tire supply is critical to the nation’s shipping and commerce needs, and threaten national security, since the U.S. military relies on the tire industry to provide high performing and durable tires to aid in our national defense,” Norberg said. Domestic steel mills use a production process that is unable to produce tire cord-quality steel wire rod necessary to make tires for military and civilian applications by domestic tire producers. Tire manufacturers use this steel wire in a tire’s steel belts, providing strength, high load-carrying capacity, puncture resistance and durability, and in the bead, which holds the tire to the rim. “Tariffs or quotas on these products would significantly disrupt the production of tires in the United States, due to quality and supply limitations in domestically producing tire cord-quality steel wire rod to replace imported products,” Norberg said. - * Email

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Toyo Tire U.S.A. recognizes National Tire Safety Week  

Friday, May 26, 2017

Cypress, CA – Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. recognizes National Tire Safety Week, running May 28 – June 3, 2017. Presented by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) and supported by industry partners such as Toyo Tires, National Tire Safety Week is designed to educate motorists about the importance of tire safety and proper maintenance. Simply adding routine tire maintenance to a lifestyle, such as checking tire pressures on a regular basis, can help save fuel costs while helping keep a vehicle safe on the road. During National Tire Safety Week, several Toyo Tires dealers offer free safety checks, including checking tire pressures and inspecting tires for wear. For the do-it-yourselfer, one can easily locate a vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tire pressures on the tire placard. This can be found on the door and door jamb, glove box, trunk lid or fuel door. Toyo Tires also provides a convenient Tire Finder at https://www.toyotires.com/tire-finder which allows users to search a vehicle’s recommended tire inflation pressures. For custom vehicles with plus fitments, one can also locate the plus size on a vehicle and the recommended inflation pressures for that size. Handy and informative tire maintenance videos are available in the Tires 101 section, or by linking to toyotires.com/tires-101. These highly informative videos address four essential topics: How to Check Tire Pressure, How to Check Tire Tread Depth, How to Inspect Tire Wear, and How to Read a Tire Sidewall. And new from Toyo Tires in 2017, owners of late model, high capacity pickups now have a safe alternative for customizing their trucks. F Load Range products are now available in Toyo’s most popular Open Country light truck tires. This new category addresses the increase in payload and towing capacity of today’s trucks, giving owners the freedom to personalize the look and style of their vehicles with a tire that is properly load rated. “Toyo Tires recognizes the importance of properly maintaining a vehicle’s tires and suggests adding regular inspection intervals to your lifestyle,” said Amy Coleman, senior director of marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “This is especially important before taking your vacation, or when there are sudden changes in temperature. Feel free to visit a Toyo Tires dealer with any maintenance questions, or go to toyotires.com to learn technical tips and to view recommended inflation pressures specific to your vehicle.” - * Email

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Global liquid silicone rubber market is expected to reach $3.29 billion by 2025  

Friday, May 26, 2017

Dublin, Ireland - The global liquid silicone rubber market is expected to reach $3.29 billion by 2025, according to Research and Markets. Increasing applications in end-use segments, particularly in the medical and electronics industries, has propelled the demand for the overall market. In addition, the rising geriatric population and new material developments continue to fuel the demand of the overall market. Unique properties of liquid silicone rubber such as chemical inertness, heat resistance, flexibility and low viscosity have made it an ideal material to be incorporated into medical implants and devices. Moreover, the market is undergoing an extensive research and development process to innovate material technology, which creates huge growth opportunities in upcoming years for the market. Industrial grade was the largest segment in a grade category in 2015 and held 53.5 percent of the overall market revenue. The automotive sector includes major applications of liquid silicone rubber in manufacturing of LED headlights, wiper blades and several other electronic components. Medical application was the fastest growing segment over the forecast period with an estimated CAGR of around 9 percent from 2016 to 2025. The material is biocompatible, thus has major applications in medical implants and devices, equipment parts such as sterilized parts, valves, skin contact devices, infusion pumps and others. - * Email

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Book of the Day - Resistance and Stability of Polymers  

Friday, May 26, 2017

Akron, OH - A new book is offered in the Rubber World book store: Resistance and Stability of Polymers. The stability and resistance of polymeric materials determine whether they can be utilized in a given application. Authoritative and reliable material information is needed during the material selection process, and this information must consider the influences of material manufacturing, compounding and stabilization, processing, part design, use and subsequent disposal/recycling. This book is based on a review of more than 1,200 literature sources and represents a comprehensive overview of the current know-how regarding the stability and resistance of thermoplastics, thermosets and elastomers, as well as the most commonly used reinforcements and additives. Extensive tables document material resistance to given media, facilitating appropriate material selection or stabilization for a given application. Volume 1 covers principles of aging, testing methods, stabilization, processing, applications, mechanical behavior of fiber reinforced plastics. Volume 2 covers plastics, rubbers and their acronyms. Other abbreviations, tables of chemical resistance, a bibliography and an index are included. Author: Gottfried Ehrenstrein and Sonja Pongratz; ISBN: 978-1-56990-456-5; two volumes, 1,436 pages; 2013, hardcover; $499.95 USD + SH. Visit http://www.rubberworld.com/RWbookstore.asp for more information. - * Email

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