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USTMA urges Indiana to enact unsafe used tire legislation

Friday, January 19, 2018
Washington, D.C. - An Indiana House committee considered important consumer protection legislation to prohibit tire and automotive service businesses from installing unsafe used tires on vehicles. Rep. Robert Morris (R-Fort Wayne), chairman of the House Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development Committee, and the bill sponsor, heard supporting testimony from the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA). The Tire Industry Association and AAA Hoosier Motor club also support the legislation, HB 1774. “Enacting this legislation will protect Indiana motorists from risks posed by unsafe used tires,” said Courtney Titus Brooks, USTMA director, government relations. “This is a common-sense solution that specifically targets used tires with well-defined unsafe conditions.” HB 1774 defines an unsafe used tire as worn-out, has visible damage or improper repairs. 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. USTMA research shows that more than 30 million used tires are available for sale nationally each year. The Indiana legislation does not ban all used tires. It targets used tires that have specific, well-established, unsafe conditions. “Requiring automotive service professionals to be appropriately accountable when they return used tires back to road service is a simple, reasonable measure to protect consumers,” Brooks said. “Consumers rely upon the advice and guidance of the business professionals who sell or install tires. “While any used tire poses some risk, businesses should never subject consumers to tires with any of the conditions listed in this bill,” Brooks added. USTMA expressed gratitude to Rep. Morris and the committee for considering HB 1774. “We are grateful to Rep. Morris and the committee for quickly considering this legislation and urge members to pass it to protect consumers from the risk of unregulated, unsafe used tires,” Brooks said. Indiana is one of 18 states with tire manufacturing. The tire manufacturing industry in Indiana generates $3.5 billion in economic output and supports more than 18,000 Indiana jobs including nearly 2,000 in manufacturing, according to a 2017 USTMA economic impact study. - * Email

The Month in Review - Past 30 Days

Friday, February 16, 2018
Polyurethane additives market forecast to reach $2.75 billion by 2021
A. Schulman to be acquired by LyondellBasell for $2.25 billion
Book of the Day - Resistance and Stability of Polymers
TARRC Rubber Consultants to exhibit at Tire Technology Expo 2018 in Hannover
Rhein Chemie to present new solutions for the tire industry at Tire Technology Expo

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Global nitrile butadiene rubber market is expected to reach $2.59 billion by 2025
Northeastern U.S. rubber flooring manufacturer is being put up for auction
Bridgestone and Versalis partner to expand guayule research efforts
Malaysia reports 14 percent increase in production of natural rubber for December

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
TechnoBiz offers specialized training course for the rubber processing industry this April in Jakarta
Zeon sees 22 percent sales increase in elastomer business for first three quarters
Global latex medical disposables market forecast to reach $6.7 billion by 2025
Malaysia sees the use of cold mix asphalt and rubber as a boost for industry
Polyone begins thermoplastic elastomer production at Pune, India facility

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Mid-Atlantic Rubber & Plastics Group holds spring technical meeting May 10
Companies can be listed in the Rubber Industry Buyer's Guide, a supplement for GRTE 2018
Silicone additives market forecast to reach $1.7 billion by 2022
Global natural rubber prices increased by 5 percent in January
Mitsui Chemicals posts record high profit for 2017

Monday, February 12, 2018
ARPM's 2018 State of the Rubber Industry report is now available
Zochem in conjunction with ARPM offers a plant tour of its Dickson, TN, zinc oxide facility
Sabic announces plans to expand capacity for Ultemt and Norylt resin production
Cooper Tire enters offtake agreement with Sailun Vietnam
Goodyear reports fourth quarter and full year 2017

Friday, February 09, 2018
Cooper Tire to open new Mississippi distribution center
Book of the day - Rubber Molding Principles
ASTM International seeks input for recovered carbon black standards
Yokohama's Advan Sport tire to be original equipment on the BMW X3
Airless tire market is set to reach $200 million by 2024

Thursday, February 08, 2018
Falken Tires selected as original equipment on the 2019 Ram 1500
Bridgestone commits to end deforestation
Awards from Utech North America recognize leaders in the polyurethanes industry
Silicone surfactants market forecast to reach $5.73 billion by 2022
Thailand asks farmers to cut down rubber trees to boost prices

Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Global butyl rubber market forecast to reach $4.2 billion by 2025
Continental honored as one of Fortune magazine's Most Admired Companies for 2018
Apollo Tyres announces third quarter results
Rahco Rubber earns ISO 9001:2015 certification
Cooper Tire to announce fourth quarter and full year results on February 20

Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Jesse Flores joins Harwick Standard as a technical sales representative
IPCR builds genetic database for rubber tree research
Orion Engineered Carbons announces price increase on all specialty carbon blacks
Zeon to supply solution-polymerized rubber to Yokohama Rubber

Monday, February 05, 2018
Showa Holdings expands into rubber lining manufacturing in Vietnam
Nokian Tyres to be investigated for options trading by Finnish Police
Vietnam Rubber Group's IPO raises less than a quarter of its targeted offering
Smith Industrial Rubber & Plastics acquired by Singer Equities
Indian Rubber Board sets up sheet rubber workshop program

Friday, February 02, 2018
Rubber Division, ACS, offers $100 discount for online rubber courses through March 15
Book of the day - Fatigue, Stress and Strain of Rubber Components, by Judson Bauman
Elkem Silicones to showcase long-term implantable silicones at MD&M West
BASF to construct new MDI synthesis unit at Louisiana site
Alliance Rubber files anti-dumping petition against Thailand, China and Sri Lanka

Thursday, February 01, 2018
USTMA urges Ohio House committee to approve unsafe used tire legistlation
Kraiburg TPE starts up extrusion line at Waldkraiburg site
Nexen Tire recognized at Good Design Awards 2017
Global performance elastomers market is expected to reach $19.19 billion by 2023

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Cooper Tire's board of directors elects Jerry Bialek as vice president and treasurer
MacLellan Rubber announces technical breakthrough in nitrosamine-free rubber
Indian tire industry seeks duty-free imports of rubber to cover domestic deficit
Goodyear to report fourth quarter results February 8
Global automotive elastomers market forecast to reach $9.2 billion by 2024

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Silicone additives market forecast to reach $1.7 billion by 2022
R.D. Abbott highlights innovations in additive 3D printing at MD&M West
Safic-Alcan announces extended partnership with Orion Engineered Carbons in Iberia and Eastern Europe
Synthetic latex polymers market forecast to reach $34.53 billion by 2022
Global nitrile butadiene rubber market to reach $2.59 billion by 2025

Monday, January 29, 2018
Hallstar promotes Damian Marshall and Varun Mathur as vice presidents
Material testing market forecast to reach $787.7 million by 2022
PolyOne reports fourth quarter and full year results for 2017
Goodyear introduces 85,000-mile limited tread life warranty with its new Assurance MaxLife tire
Yokohama celebrates 40th anniversary of Advan tire with new logo
BASF declares force majeure in North America on 1,4-butanediol (BDO) and its derivatives

Friday, January 26, 2018
Book of the Day - Rubber Extrusion Technology Short Course Notes
Yokohama Rubber creates the world's largest floating pneumatic rubber fender
Global medical grade silicone market forecast to reach $1.84 billion by 2023
ARPM releases newly created SP-912 description of standard reference recipe for exhaust gas condensate
Tire Consumer names Chan Patel as CEO

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Indiana House of Representatives passes unsafe used tire legislation
Fort Wayne Rubber and Plastics Group will hold a technical meeting February 8
Michelin reaches settlement with Tire Mart over patent design infringements
Synthetic rubber market expected to register a CAGR of 5.5 percent through 2022

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Yokohama to expand capacity for its off-highway facilities in India
Safic-Alcan announces extended partnership with Orion Engineered Carbons in Iberia and Eastern Europe
Registration for GRTE 2018 - Global Rubber, Latex & Tyre Expo 2018 is now open
Penn State researchers develop 3-D printing method for silicone
Arlanxeo North America names new CEO and CFO

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
American Biltrite investing $11 million to expand flooring, rubber plant in Sherbrooke, Quebec
Synthetic latex polymer market forecast to reach $34.53 billion by 2022
U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association elects Michelin North America chairman to its board of directors
Core Molding Technologies acquires Horizon Plastics International
Apollo Tyres named as one of India’s Best Workplaces in Manufacturing

Monday, January 22, 2018
Goodyear pilots advanced tire maintenance program for on-demand mobility services
Chicago Rubber Group holds Basics of Rubber Technology course
Nakata Engineering chooses BPS Engineering to represent North and South American markets
Polymax TPE to boost production at its TPE plant in Illinois
Cambodian rubber exports up 30 percent from last year

Friday, January 19, 2018
Falken Tires to become a sponsor of the Detroit Red Wings
Tahoma Rubber and Plastics expands capacity and adds staff
Michelin discusses the impact of worn tires at NAIAS
Performance elastomer market forecast to reach $14 billion by 2024
USTMA urges Indiana to enact unsafe used tire legislation

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Registration opens for Rubber Industry Training Courses @ GRTE in Bangkok this March
Smithers Rapra expands testing capabilities at its Suzhou, China facility
Goodyear declares quarterly dividend of 14 cents per share
Asia synthetic rubber makers resist higher butadiene offers
U.S. manufacturing output rose for the fourth straight month

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