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    1. Elastomers for Sustainability Top 10

      The top entries for the inaugural staging of ERJ’s new Elastomers for Sustainability initiative has now been decided by our judging panel led by leading experts in the field of polymer science & technology.

      E4S is an industry-first sustainability initiative, designed to highlight significant advances for end-user sectors including automotive, tires, automotive components, construction, consumer, industrial and medical.

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    2. ETRMA, automotive value chain welcome EU skills agenda

      ETRMA, automotive value chain welcome EU skills agenda

      Brussels – A grouping of four European automotive value chain associations, including the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA), have voiced their support for a skills agenda which was presented to the European Commission 1 July.

      In a letter to Nicolas Schmit, European commissioner for jobs and social rights, the associations said the agenda was in line with a 25-point action list published by the four trade bodies in May for the smooth recovery of the automotive industry from Covid-induced slowdown.

      “Skilling and up-skilling of the existing workforce and bridging the skills gap between the needs of the industry and the ...

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    3. Trinseo first quarter sales fall 18%

      Berwyn, Pennsylvania – Trinseo SA’s synthetic rubber (SR) business has reported a double-digit decline in first quarter sales due in part to Covid-19.

      Over the three months to end of March, segment’s sales fell 18% to $102 million (€94 million) while earnings (adjusted EBITDA) grew 36% to $15 million.

      The company linked the decrease in sales to a volume decline of 8% as customers cancelled solution styrene butadiene rubber (SSBR) orders due to Covid-19 impact.

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    4. Bridgestone results hit by Covid pandemic

      Tokyo – Bridgestone Corp. results have been significantly impacted by the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, which led to global production suspensions and low demand.

      Adjusted operating profit from the three months to end of March fell 39% to just under Yen50 billion (€430 million), on 11% lower sales of Yen752 billion.

      Lower volumes had a negative impact of Yen29 billion on profitability while, price mix and raw material effects helped partially offset the costs.

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    5. Orion reports sharp declines in rubber black sales

      Houston, Texas – Orion Engineered Carbons has posted decreases in first quarter rubber black sales and volumes and expects a larger Covid-19 impact on the segment in the second quarter.

      Rubber carbon black volumes decreased by 11%, year on year to 177 kilotonnes, over the three months to end of March, due to “a sharp decline” in sales as tire and auto manufacturers idled plants from mid-March.

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    6. Trelleborg results down ahead of “growing challenges”

      Trelleborg results down ahead of “growing challenges”

      Trelleborg, Sweden – Trelleborg AB has seen its first quarter results hit by the outbreak of Covid-19 and expects the pandemic to impact sales and earnings “significantly more” during the coming quarters.

      Net sales for the first quarter of 2020 declined 1% to SEK9.29 billion (€856 million), while organic sales decline 5%, Trelleborg announced in its interim first quarter results 23 April.

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    7. Tire & rubber companies among top Forbes auto suppliers

      London – Tire and rubber companies feature prominently in a ranking by sales of the top world’s largest automotive parts suppliers, compiled by business magazine Forbes.

      Topping the table is Continental with sales of $52.4 billion in 2019, of which $19.5 billion was generated by the German group’s Rubber Division – comprising its Tires and ContiTech rubber product businesses.

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    8. Hankook Medal award to Mortel

      Hankook Medal award to Mortel

      London – Bill Mortel has been announced as recipient of the 2020 Hancock Medal, the biennial Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IoM3) award for outstanding service to the rubber industry.

      Mortel has served the industry through various roles with the British Rubber and Polyurethane Products Associated, the National Skills Academy for the Process Industries and the institute’s Rubber in Engineering Group since 1992.

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    9. China’s tire exports record two-digit dips in first quarter

      China’s tire exports record two-digit dips in first quarter

      Beijing – China's tire exports fell 11.3% year on year in the first quarter of 2020 to 102 million units, according to latest figures by General Administration of Customs.

      Export value – presented in US dollars –  for the quarter stood at $3 billion (€2.8 billion), representing a 13.2% drop year-on-year, the Chinese agency noted. Weight of such exports fell by 6.9% to 1.3 million tonnes.

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    10. Major tire-waste road trial in Australia

      Collingwood, Australia – Asphalt made using crumb rubber from scrap tires is being laid on a busy Melbourne road as part of a major new trial, Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) has announced.

      The project is jointly funded by TSA, the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) and the Victorian Department of Transport (DoT), said the 30 March release

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    11. Toyoda Gosei invests in IoT specialist to advance e-Rubber

      Toyoda Gosei invests in IoT specialist to advance e-Rubber

      Kiyosu, Japan – Toyoda Gosei has invested in data and cloud computing business Uhuru Corp as it aims to further develop its e-Rubber technology.

      Based in Minato-Ku Japan, Uhuru provides software systems and “has a solid track record” in the field of Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing, said Toyoda Gosei 8 April.

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    12. Pirelli extends manufacturing shutdown in Romania

      Pirelli extends manufacturing shutdown in Romania

      Slatina, Romania – Pirelli has delayed the reopening of its tire production facility in Slatina due to “new, more restrictive government measures” introduced in the fight against Covid-19, the company has announced.

      The plant, which manufactures 15 million units of tire per year and employs 4,000 people, was originally planned to be idled between 23 and 31 March.

      In a 31 March statement, however, Pirelli said it would set a new start date for the start of activity at the unit.

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    13. European rubber industry groups form Covid ‘crisis unit’

      London – Rubber industry associations in a number of EU states have set up a Covid-19 ‘crisis unit’ under the aegis of the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA).

      The initiative, which involves SNCP (France), WDK (Germany), Consorcio del Caucho (Spain), Assogomma (Italy) and other industrial federations, is focused on information-sharing and interfacing with the European Commission.

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    14. Pirelli expects 19% decline in global passenger car tire demand

      Milan, Italy – Pirelli & C. SpA estimates the overall car tire market to decline 19% in the year 2020, as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

      “In light of the elements available today and based on a prudent scenario, Pirelli now expects a fall of 2020 GDP at the global level of about negative 2.8%,” the company said in a statement 3 April.

      The figure compares against an earlier forecast of 2.7% growth presented in the company’s Industrial Plan 19 Feb.

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    15. Production in 'full swing' at ZC Rubber plants

      Hangzhou, China – China’s biggest tire maker Zhongce Rubber Group (ZC Rubber) has fully resumed tire production across its manufacturing plants and expects to meet its sales target for this year, the company has announced.

      ZC Rubber experienced workforce and supply disruptions at its production plants during the first 10 days of February, the tire maker said in a statement 7 April.

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    16. Cabot withdraws 2020 earnings guidance

      Boston, Massachusetts – Cabot Corp. has withdrawn its financial guidance for fiscal year 2020 and is reducing planned capital expenditure in response to Covid-19 pandemic.

      Despite a “solid” second quarter, ending 31 March, Cabot said it is withdrawing the outlook as future demand for the company’s products remain uncertain.

      In addition, in order to maximise free cash flow, Cabot is looking to reduce previous plans for capital spending, said CEO and president Sean Keohane in a statement 30 March.

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    17. Triangle tire plants in China back to near full production

      Triangle tire plants in China back to near full production

      Franklin, Tennessee — Triangle Tyre Co. Ltd.'s tire plants in China are back to operating near full capacity after a lull created by the Chinese New Year and subsequent coronavirus shutdown.

      "With much uncertainty about how the coronavirus pandemic will affect global tire production, we are grateful that the four Triangle plants are now operating at above 90% capacity," Triangle Tire USA CEO Manny Cicero said.

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    18. Global NR demand set to fall in 2020

      Kuala Lumpur – The Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) expects the world consumption of natural rubber to fall 1.5% this year, after a sharp decline in demand in the first quarter.

      In its monthly trends update published 30 March, the ANRPC said it estimated the global consumption to drop to 13.53 million tonnes for the whole year, down from the an earlier estimate of 1.2% growth in February.

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    19. Suspension of operational activities “will undoubtedly have severe, long-lasting reverberations for our industry”

      Brussels – The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers Association has called for support measures to mitigate the increasingly severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Europe’s tire industry.

      Health concerns, supply shortages, low demand and government restrictions have led many ETRMA member companies to announce temporary closures of their European manufacturing facilities.

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    20. Camfin raising stake in Pirelli

      Camfin raising stake in Pirelli

      Milan, Italy – Pirelli shareholder Camfin is looking to raise its stake in the Italian tire maker, which has seen its share-price fall by more than 30% over the last three months.

      Camfin board of directors authorised, on 20 March, the acquisition of shares up to a maximum of 1.5% of Pirelli’s share capital, by the end of July.

      Pirelli’s shares hit an all-time low of €3.50 on 9 March in Milan as global stock markets grappled with the outbreak of Covid-19.

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    21. Most of China’s tire makers resume production

      Most of China’s tire makers resume production

      Beijing – Over 90% of China’s tire makers had resumed production as of the end of February, and most of those companies had 80% employees returning to posts.

      Nevertheless, the facilities were running at an average of 45% utilisation rate, significantly lower compared with the same period a year ago, noted a China Rubber Industry Association’s tire sub-committee.

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    22. Michelin gauges tire market decline

      Clermont-Ferrand, France – Tire market data as of 29 Feb shows that the Covid-19 crisis has led to a 9% year-on-year decline in the global passenger car and light truck tire market, Michelin has reported.

      Meanwhile, worldwide demand for truck tires was down 16% over the first two months of this year as a result of pandemic, according to the French tire group.

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    23. European tire recyclers postpone annual conference

      European tire recyclers postpone annual conference

      Brussels - The European Tyre Recycling Association (ETRA) has postponed its 27th annual conference to early September amid the outbreak of Covid-19 (coronavirus) in Europe.

      Originally planned for 25-27 March, the event will investigate market obstacles and new market partnerships after 2020, the ETRA said in a 9 March statement.

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    24. German rubber industry braces for ‘zero growth’ after 2019 decline

      Frankfurt, Germany –Germany’s rubber industry is set for zero-growth in 2020, after a 4.2% year-on-year decline to €11 billion in 2019, the WDK has forecast.

      Both the tire industry and technical rubber segment posted a decrease in sales for last year, according to the German rubber industry association.

      Tire deliveries fell 4.4% to €4.5 billion and technical rubber sales dropped 4% to €6.4 billion, said a WdK industry survey issued 4 March.

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