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Rubber Division, ACS, and Rubber Heart Ltd. sign memorandum of understanding

  5/22/2020 - Hertford, U.K. – In an ambitious new strategy to boost international membership and participation in its events, training and learning opportunities, Rubber Division, ACS, has appointed its first-ever European representatives. A memorandum of understanding was signed at the beginning of March between newly formed U.K.-based Rubber Heart Ltd. in Hertford, U.K., and Rubber Division, ACS, in Akron, OH, paving the way for a partnership that will spread awareness of the benefits and opportunities offered by Rubber Division, ACS, which is open to professionals working in the global rubber industry. This new initiative is the vision of executive director and CEO of Rubber Division, ACS, Lakisha Miller-Barclay, the first woman appointed to be at the helm of the organization in its over 100-year history. As executive director, Miller-Barclay works closely with her team of directors and executive committee members to enhance science, technology and business across the elastomeric community. Rubber Heart is a new marketing, communications, public relations and events company providing services to the global elastomer industry and its suppliers. David Cawthra and Gail Reader, the two directors, will act as European representatives whose role will be to increase awareness and expand the Rubber Division, ACS, community through membership opportunities that enable engagement with nearly 3,000 other rubber and affiliated industry professionals from over 1,200 organizations worldwide. Lakisha Miller-Barclay’s appointment at the beginning of 2020 has meant she has had to react quickly to the challenging environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and difficult decisions were faced as to how to adapt. All training courses were moved online, and Rubber Division, ACS, aired one of the first impacts of COVID-19 webinars, which welcomed a large European audience. A series of webinars covering topics such as failure analysis of rubber, and polymer testing and processing are being offered free to Rubber Division, ACS, members throughout the spring and summer. Miller-Barclay is very much aware of how business disruption worldwide has escalated the significant pressure on global market relationships and exposed the fragility of the complex, multi-tier manufacturing supply chains within the rubber industry. “Those involved in the rubber industry will be considering ways to broaden and create more flexible supply chains in the future, and I believe that the Rubber Division, ACS, community can play a significant role in connecting and driving business, particularly between the U.S. and Europe,” said Barclay-Miller. She continued, “We are still actively planning for our International Elastomer Conference October 20-22 this year in Knoxville, TN, to proceed as scheduled, as we believe it would provide the global rubber industry with a meeting hub to reassess and create new business models for the future. However, our overwhelming priority is to ensure the safety, health and well-being of all involved with our event, so we will be closely monitoring the evolving situation and any potential impact new developments may have on it.” On the new partnership between Rubber Division, ACS, and Rubber Heart, Miller-Barclay commented, “I feel that this initiative to expand the Rubber Division, ACS, team will help to grow our community and spread awareness of our unrivaled business networking, training and marketing opportunities through our membership and education programs, conferences and expositions. I am delighted to be working with two highly experienced and professional colleagues at Rubber Heart who have many decades of experience, great contacts and extensive knowledge of the rubber industry and its complexities.” Rubber Heart is well placed to understand the benefits of involvement with Rubber Division, Gail Reader explained. “We have seen first-hand the benefits of the Rubber Division, ACS, corporate membership scheme during our previous employment, and how it can have such an impact on making new connections, driving business forward and keeping abreast of new research and innovations. We look forward to working with the dedicated and passionate Rubber Division, ACS, team to strengthen its position internationally, particularly in Europe.” David Cawthra added, “We have always admired the professionalism and ambition of Rubber Division, ACS, and its commitment to the international rubber industry. We are honored, as our new company Rubber Heart, to represent this historic and world-renowned organization and its interests in Europe.”

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Rubber Division, ACS, announces June course and webinar schedule - click to expand

Arkema finalizes divestment of Functional Polyolefins business - click to expand

Engel and Hack Formenbau collaborate against COVID-19 - click to expand

Global automotive tire market forecast with a CAGR of 4.1 percent through 2027 - click to expand

PolymaxTPE announces laboratory line expansion - click to expand

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

GRI puts safety at the fore in Sri Lanka production plants - click to expand

Pirelli introduces Cinturato P7 tire with intelligent compound - click to expand

European all season tire market forecast with a CAGR of 9 percent through 2024 - click to expand

Cooper Tire to restart production at El Salto, Mexico, tire manufacturing facility - click to expand

JK Tyre begins operations in the U.S. as Western Tires, Inc. - click to expand

Orion Engineered Carbons breaks ground on logistics center in Germany - click to expand

Monday, June 1, 2020

Goodyear and Enovos will build two photovoltaic power stations in Luxembourg - click to expand

Active Minerals announces completion of Gordon, GA, facility expansion - click to expand

Thermoplastic and Silicone Elastomers U.S. 2020 Summit takes place virtually - click to expand

Lubrizol presents webinar on Estane thermoplastic polyurethane - click to expand

Yokohama's Virginia tire plant reopens - click to expand

Rubber Division, ACS, 197th Technical Meeting presentations available - click to expand

Friday, May 29, 2020

Global elastomeric coatings market forecast with a CAGR of 15 percent through 2026 - click to expand

Book of the Day: Chemical Resistance Guide for Elastomers IV - click to expand

Swan Chemical named North American distribution partner for Bolder Industries’ BolderBlack - click to expand

CCSi announces expanded capabilities and price matching policy - click to expand

Goodyear blimp returns to Europe - click to expand

Global thermoplastic polyurethane market expected to rise at a steady 6.8 percent CAGR through 2024 - click to expand

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Sibur creates sustainable development committee - click to expand

Global structural adhesives market to surpass $7 billion by 2024 - click to expand

Goodyear to donate the cost equivalency of 100 meals to Feeding America for every tire sold - click to expand

EMT technology available in North America through 2BA North America - click to expand

Disposable medical gloves market size forecast to reach $8.73 billion by 2025 - click to expand

Energy Estate and InfraCo partner to help solve waste tire mountains in Australia and New Zealand - click to expand

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Borealis discontinues world scale polyethylene project in Kazakhstan - click to expand

Birla Carbon is first carbon black multinational to receive IATF certification across all manufacturing plants - click to expand

Huntsman brands spray polyurethane foam business as Huntsman Building Solutions - click to expand

Ashland board declares quarterly dividend - click to expand

Bridgestone announces release of Firestone FD692 drive tire - click to expand

Global sealants market projected to grow by $4.9 billion - click to expand

Market Reports

Aircraft interior elastomers market forecast at $45.5 million in 2025 - click to expand

Global automotive tire market forecast with a CAGR of 4.1 percent through 2027 - click to expand

European all-season tire market forecast with a CAGR of 9 percent through 2024 - click to expand

Global elastomeric coatings market forecast with a CAGR of 15 percent through 2026 - click to expand

Disposable Medical Gloves Market size is forecast to reach $8.73 billion by 2025 - click to expand

Global thermoplastics polyurethane market is expected to rise at a steady 6.8% CAGR through 2024 - click to expand

Global structural adhesives market to surpass $7 billion by 2024 - click to expand

Sealants market worldwide is projected to grow by $4.9 billion - click to expand

Global silicone market is estimated to register a CAGR of 5.65 percent through 2023 - click to expand

Medical glove market forecast with a CAGR of 15 percent through 2025 - click to expand

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