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General Motors to discuss the use of sustainably sourced rubber at COMMIT!Forum

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Washington, DC - CR Magazine reports that General Motors partnership with suppliers to use sustainably sourced natural rubber tires is transforming the landscape of the automotive industry in ways that will reduce deforestation and human and labor rights violations. The landmark initiative will be the topic of an interview and panel discussion featuring David Tulauskas, director of sustainability at GM; Michael Stuewe, senior advisor at the World Wildlife Fund; and Ellis Jones, senior director of Global Environmental, Health, Safety & Sustainability at Goodyear, at COMMIT!Forum, Oct. 10-12 at MGM National Harbor, near Washington. “Purpose as Your Compass: How the Auto Industry is Driving Sustainability” will analyze the dynamic developments in auto industry sustainability, accountability, and supply chain transparency, and examine how partnerships, technology, and innovation are melding to meet customer expectations and company sustainability goals. Tulauskas, Stuewe, and Jones will discuss how they have united their efforts to use sustainable natural rubber in its tires. Through collaboration with governments, rubber industry associations, environmental NGOs and major tire suppliers, GM expects to create greater transparency around natural rubber harvesting from farm to factory, while simplifying supply chain operations. The automaker purchases almost 50 million tires each year. GM anticipates that the initiative will help to both preserve and restore forests, reduce the company’s carbon footprint and lower business risk associated with supply-chain sourcing. Other projected benefits include increasing natural rubber farmers’ product yield and quality, improved local economic and social development, and better protection of wildlife and the long-term availability of natural rubber as a resource and commodity. “We encourage all automakers, competitors, peers, and suppliers to join in this effort to accelerate this progress,” said Steve Kiefer, senior vice president of global purchasing and the supply chain at GM. GM is working to create an industry roadmap that will be in place by the end of the year, and it will meet with stakeholders to develop purchasing requirements and methodology to track natural rubber through the supply chain. As sustainable natural rubber policies are put in place for tire manufacturers, automaker demand should accelerate results. - * Email

This Weeks Headlines - Past 7 Days

Monday, October 16, 2017
ChemSpec is now a distributor for the Dispersix brand of HCR silicone processing additives
Covestro to expand capacity of thermoplastic polyurethane at West Virginia facility
Goodyear increases dividend by 40% on common shares
Cooper Tire to present at the Baird 2017 Global Industrial Conference
Shin-Etsu to invest $21.3 million to expand production capacity of Akron plant

Friday, October 13, 2017
Goodyear Blimp Wingfoot Two embarks on a 2,600-mile cross-country journey
Book of the day - Fatigue, Stress and Strain of Rubber Components, by Judson Bauman
Evonik is raising the prices for its isophorone diamine
Dow introduces new Vorasurf polyurethane additives
Ashland announces price increase for maleic anhydride in North America

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Tire Industry Association announces that online registration is now open for the 63rd Annual Off-the-Road Conference
Global roof coatings market forecast to reach $1.68 billion by 2023
Global silicone coatings market forecast to reach $6.81 billion by 2025
AkzoNobel develops novel technology platform to manufacture a wide range of ethylene amines
Freudenberg signs final agreement to acquire Playtex household gloves in the US

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Camso acquires Stanley Industrial Tire
U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association celebrates Manufacturing Day
Songwon commissions second production line for thermoplastic urethanes in South Korea
Global tractor tires market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 5.06% through 2022
Yokohama's Mississippi facility plants 2000 trees during Forever Forest event

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
International Elastomer Conference opens today in Cleveland, Ohio
Cooper Tire & Rubber to release third quarter results
General Motors to discuss the use of sustainably sourced rubber at COMMIT!Forum
Lanxess to cease production of base oils at its Ankerweg site in the Netherlands
Dow Corning Silicones announces the new brand name of DOWSIL
Global mechanical test equipment market to grow at a CAGR of 5.87% through 2021

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