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Top Glove petitions against U.S. import ban

  7/31/2020 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Reuters is reporting that Top Glove Corporation has submitted information to prove it did not use forced labor, a U.S. Customs official said following an import ban on the company. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) placed a detention order on imports from two subsidiaries of Top Glove two weeks ago, an action taken on firms suspected of operating with forced labor. "Top Glove submitted an initial petition to CBP. CBP responded by identifying additional information needs. Dialogue between CBP and Top Glove is ongoing," the CBP said in an email to Reuters. It said it could not specify a timeline for resolving the concerns and will not modify or revoke a "Withhold Release Order" until it receives proof that establishes the admissibility of the affected merchandise. Banned importers have three months to submit proof, including a detailed statement demonstrating that the detained goods were not produced with forced labor, the CBP says. Top Glove did not respond immediately to a request for comment on the petition. "Extensive reporting by non-governmental organizations and the media has documented the existence of forced labor in the rubber glove industry in Malaysia," CBP said, adding that it continues to receive and investigate allegations of forced labor in industries connected to U.S. supply chains. The ban on Top Glove's units did not dampen investor appetite in the company, whose share price rose to historical highs in the week after the Customs' detention. Top Glove's shares have climbed 456 percent this year, driven by demand associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Composites for Europe rescheduled to November 9-11, 2021, in Stuttgart, Germany - click to expand

Global isoprene rubber latex market to exceed $340 million by 2025 - click to expand

TIA going online with GTE/SEMA show events - click to expand

Cooper Tire recalls CS5 and Mastercraft LSR Grand Touring tires - click to expand

Book of the day: Thermoplastic Elastomers - click to expand

ARP Materials continues commitment to going green - click to expand

Thursday, September 24, 2020

TIA adds virtual OSHA compliant training classes - click to expand

Cooper Tire to add nearly 100 production workers at its Tupelo, MS, tire manufacturing plant - click to expand

Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber’s policy framework drives member commitment to sustainable rubber production - click to expand

Arkema supports wind power industry in transition towards sustainable energy - click to expand

BASF SE is to invest €16 million into Pyrum Innovations for the pyrolysis of waste tires - click to expand

KB Industries wins additional Yellowstone National Park crumb rubber paving project - click to expand

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Huber prepares for major sustainability project - click to expand

Researchers develop rubber material made from cheap and plentiful industrial waste - click to expand

Cooper Tire & Rubber issues 2019 global sustainability report - click to expand

Michelin donates 75 tool kits to mechatronics students in Greenville County, SC - click to expand

PureSil ORG01 elastomer gel from Elkem Silicones wins 2020 Ringier Technology Innovation Award - click to expand

Core Molding Technologies elects Sandra Kowaleski to board of directors - click to expand

ARP Materials' key vendor, Keli Chemical, increases CPE production to accommodate U.S. demand - click to expand

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Safic-Alcan appoints Domenico Lo Curto business development director for plastics - click to expand

Rubber Division, ACS, enhances international educational outreach program for students - click to expand

Rubber & Tire Research announces free webinars - click to expand

Myers Industries announces CFO transition - click to expand

Huntsman announces launch of Araldite 2000 adhesive core range - click to expand

Monday, September 21, 2020

Bridgestone to close passenger tire plant in France - click to expand

Continental's TractionSkin technology utilized in Korbach motorcycle tires - click to expand

Dow wins four 2020 Edison Awards for breakthrough technologies - click to expand

Evonik develops membrane technology for separation of volatile organic compounds - click to expand

Arkema announces start-up of industrial adhesives plant in Japan - click to expand

Ashland increases prices for 1-4 butanediol and derivatives in North America - click to expand

Market Reports

Olefinic thermoplastic elastomers market size is forecast to reach $7.26 billion by 2025 - click to expand

Global isoprene rubber latex market to exceed $340 million by 2025 - click to expand

Global silanes market forecast at $2.4 billion by 2026 - click to expand

Global natural rubber market forecast at $27.8 billion by 2026 - click to expand

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