USW members testify at ITC hearing in support of PVLT tire petition

Seven members of the United Steelworkers union (USW), including USW International President Tom Conway, testified at an International Trade Commission hearing, sounding the alarm over the harm dumped and illegally subsidized imports inflict on the domestic tire industry. The USW filed trade petitions on passenger vehicle and light truck tires from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam last May.

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USTMA urges Congress to adopt tire and transportation sustainability policies in infrastructure package

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association urged Congressional leadership to include tire policy and related transportation sustainability initiatives as they negotiate the latest infrastructure package. In a letter, the association representing 13 of the world’s largest tire manufacturers identified five specific policy proposals ranging from tax incentives to additional research dollars and procurement commitments to strengthen the American tire manufacturing industry and help the country deliver on its important environmental objectives.

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Andy Claytor joins Elite Elastomers as vice president of sales

Elite Elastomers, Inc., a specialty rubber compounder, announced that Andy Claytor has joined the firm as vice president of sales to lead Elite Elastomers’ growth in the custom rubber mixing industry. Claytor will oversee the development of Elite Elastomers’ sales, marketing and customer service organizations, building upon a strong foundation put in place by Steve Glidewell, the company’s founder.

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Arkema strengthens commitment to circular economy with acquisition of Agiplast

Arkema plans to acquire Agiplast, a company specialized in the regeneration of high performance polymers and its historical partner in recycling operations. The company, with annual sales of around €15 million, operates a plant in Italy and has 32 employees. Agiplast’s strong know-how in mechanical recycling technologies will enable Arkema to offer high quality recycled polymers to its customers.

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Evonik and Farsoon collaborate on 3D printing materials

The specialty chemicals company Evonik and China’s largest SLS 3D printer manufacturer Farsoon are strengthening their collaboration in powder-based 3D printing. Both companies aim to open up market access to new large-scale industrial applications in the higher temperature range. Evonik is contributing its expertise in polymer-based 3D printing materials and Farsoon is bringing its expertise in powder-based 3D printers to the joint effort.

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Univar Solutions partners with Dow to distribute silicone based defoamers

Univar Solutions Inc. announced an agreement with Dow to distribute its line of silicone based defoamers DOWSIL™ and XIAMETER™ for agrochemical applications in Mexico. The expanded agreement further solidifies Univar Solutions’ ability to provide a broad range of industry-leading products, solutions and expertise for its agrochemical industry customers

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