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Goodyear inflates landmark hangar in Los Angeles, CA  

Friday, December 15, 2017

Carson, CA - A new landmark appeared on the Southern California horizon overnight. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company inflated a 337-foot-long hangar at its Carson blimp base along the I-405 freeway during the overnight hours. The new structure will serve as the home of Goodyear’s newest blimp Wingfoot Two, which began operating in Los Angeles in October. Stretching about as long as a football field, the nine-story hangar is the largest inflatable structure of its kind in North America and will protect the company’s new state-of-the-art blimp from the environmental elements. “The Goodyear Blimp has been a fixture in the skies over Los Angeles for a half century and the new hangar gives us a highly visible presence on the ground along one of the busiest highways in the country,” said Paul Fitzhenry, Goodyear’s senior vice president and chief communications officer. The new hangar was manufactured for Goodyear by Lindstrand Technologies Ltd., a world leader in designing and building inflatable structures for uses including passenger airline hangars, airline terminal roofs and on military bases. Lindstrand, based in the United Kingdom, has constructed more than 200 high-tech inflatable structures but is perhaps best known as a lighter-than-air manufacturer of aerostats, airships, gas balloons and tethered balloons. Goodyear has flown its iconic blimps for more than 90 years and has operated its base in Carson since 1968. A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Carson base is planned in 2018. - * Email

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Trelleborg Sealing Solutions acquires advanced composite components manufacturer Automated Dynamics  

Friday, December 15, 2017

Niskayuna, NY - Trelleborg has through its business area Trelleborg Sealing Solutions fully acquired U.S.-based privately-owned Automated Dynamics, an advanced composite components manufacturer. The bolt-on acquisition provides new, strategic technology to develop next generation composites to solve a myriad of challenging applications in industries such as marine, hydro, and aerospace, expanding into the global marketplace. Kristian Brok, President of Global Operations Elastomers at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, says: “Automated Dynamics’ engineering know-how and cutting-edge technology is a strategically important addition to Trelleborg. The expanded scope of capabilities and technology will be leveraged within our global market presence.” The company is located in Niskayuna, New York. Sales amounted to approximately of $7.8 million (approx. SEK 65 M) in 2016. The transaction was consolidated on December 1, 2017. - * Email

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Ohio Senate passes unsafe used tire bill  

Friday, December 15, 2017

Washington, D.C. - – The Ohio Senate passed motorist safety legislation that prohibits the installation of unsafe used tires. The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) hailed the vote as an important consumer protection measure that will prevent crashes due to worn-out, damaged, or improperly repaired used tires. “This is an important step toward reducing risk posed by unsafe used tires that too often find their way back into service,” said Anne Forristall Luke, USTMA president and CEO. “This is a common-sense, reasonable approach to address a serious highway safety issue.” USTMA is leading a coalition to advance the bill, SB 223, sponsored by Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Hudson). Supporting organizations include all USTMA members, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Association of Manufacturers, Ohio Tire and Automotive Association, Ohio Conference of AAA Clubs, the Property Casualty Insurance Association and the Tire Industry Association. “USTMA is grateful to Sen. LaRose for his tireless leadership on this important issue,” Luke said. “His perseverance has been crucial to advancing this bill. Additionally, we want to thank our fellow coalition members who have worked with us to educate Ohio lawmakers about this serious issue.” USTMA research shows that more than 30 million used tires are available for sale nationally each year. SB 223 does not ban all used tires. It targets used tires that have specific, well-established, unsafe conditions. Tires worn to 2/32nds of an inch are worn-out and dangerous because they no longer provide sufficient grip on the road, particularly under wet conditions. Damage that exposes steel belts or other internal components threatens a tire’s structural integrity. Improperly repaired tires can suffer loss of inflation pressure or have hidden damage that may contribute to tire failure. Tires with bulges indicate possible internal damage that can lead to tread separation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that worn-out tires are three times more likely to be involved in a crash than tires with sufficient tread depth. NHTSA crash statistics indicate that about 200 fatalities and 6,000 injuries are attributed to tire-related causes annually. A House committee approved a similar bill earlier this year. However, the Senate-approved measure now must be referred to the House where it will be assigned to a committee for consideration. “We are confident that this legislation’s strong support will convince Ohio House leaders to quickly consider and move the bill through the process and then on to Gov. John Kasich’s desk,” Luke said. New Jersey enacted a similar USTMA-advocated used tire bill into law this year. - * Email

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Silicone structural glazing market forecast to reach $43.9 billion by 2022  

Friday, December 15, 2017

Dublin, Ireland - The silicone structural glazing market size will grow from $28.69 billion in 2017 to $43.95 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 8.90 percent. The silicone structural glazing market is witnessing considerable growth due to the rising demand for energy-efficient buildings and advanced facade systems in developing and developed countries along with advancements in installation technology. The silicone structural glazing market has immense opportunities owing to the rise in demand for green buildings and growth in investments in infrastructural projects in developing economies. On the basis of type, the silicone structural glazing market has been segmented into four-sided structural, two-sided structural, slope, stepped glass, U-shaped, total vision, and others which include frameless (spider systems) and shock-resistant. The four-sided structural segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR from 2017 to 2022 in terms of value. The growth of this segment is attributed to the growing construction & glass facade industry, increasing demand for energy-efficient buildings, along with rising standardization in building facade systems. The commercial sector dominated the market in 2016 and is projected to be the fastest-growing end-use sector over the next five years, as a result of the rising demand for glass facade system along with the growing need for green buildings. The newly developed advanced glass demand additional improvements in facade technologies and successfully installation, which will, in turn, drive the silicone structural glazing market growth through the sector. In addition, this dominant market position is attributed to the energy-efficiency, superior properties such as durability, water- and wind-resistance, easy maintenance, and weather-proof properties of silicone structural glazing. - * Email

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Book of the day - Rubber Molding Principles  

Friday, December 15, 2017

Akron, OH - Rubber Molding Principles, written by Van Walworth, Date Release: August 2013. ISBN: 978-616-90836-8-9, Hardbound, 150 Pages, Publisher: TechnoBiz Communications Co., Ltd., Book Cost: $89 45 plus S&H. Book Contents: Chapter 1: Introduction to Rubber Molding; Chapter 2: Rubber Behavior in the Molds; Chapter 3: Rubber Molding Presses; Chapter 4: Compression Molding; Chapter 5: Transfer Molding; Chapter 6: Injection Molding; Chapter 7: Vacuum Molding; Chapter 8: Wasteless/Flashless Molding; Chapter 9: Basic Rubber Mold Design; Chapter 10: Process Troubleshooting; and Chapter 11: Molding Process Selection Guide. Visit RubberWorld's Bookstore to purchase at www.rubberworld.com - * Email

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