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Damaged Resin Plant Will Be Down At Least 6 Months

April 26, 2012 11:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A shortage of the resin the Evonik Industries plant produces is threatening to cut car production just as auto sales are accelerating in the U.S.

4 Auto Parts Makers Downplay Resin Shortage

April 25, 2012 9:35 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The resin, called PA-12, is most critical in fuel and brake lines because it can carry gasoline and other fluids without deteriorating.

Michelin Recalls 77,000 Tires

April 23, 2012 9:12 am | News | Comments

Michelin is recalling more than 77,000 bus tires because sidewall defects can cause them to lose air rapidly, increasing the risk of a crash.


Chemical Plant Shutdown Could Cut Auto Production

April 17, 2012 9:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

An explosion at Evonik Industries in Germany killed two workers and damaged a factory that makes a component of plastic fuel and brake lines.

Del-Nat Pulls 2,700 Tires Because Of Blistering

April 9, 2012 9:16 am | News | Comments

Del-Nat Tire Corp. says it will pull 2,663 Chaparral Radial XT tires off the market because of a defect that could increase the chances of a crash.

Printing Prosthetics, Engines, And Jets

March 27, 2012 10:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos | Comments

Additive manfuacturing is an industrial form of 3D printing that can produce large, complicated designs with only a fraction of the waste as seen in the typical machining process.

Kyowa America Announces New $12M Plant In Tenn.

March 23, 2012 2:26 pm | News | Comments

The automotive supplier specializes in plastic injection molding and will create 160 jobs with the investment.

Dart Container To Buy Solo Cup For $315M In Cash

March 22, 2012 1:54 pm | News | Comments

The maker of the ubiquitous red plastic cups will be folded into Mason, Mich.-based Dart, so it can broaden the range of materials it uses.


Salem Tire Factory Fined For Pollution Violations

March 20, 2012 12:47 pm | News | Comments

Yokohama Tire Corp. has agreed to pay a $49,340 fine after a production process change increased its ethanol emissions.

Titan Tire To Supply Tires For CAT

February 23, 2012 9:00 am | News | Comments

Titan has agreed to supply over-the-road tires to Caterpillar under a three-year agreement starting in 2012.

2012: The Year Of 3D Printing

January 30, 2012 10:27 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos | Comments

It's quite possible 2012 may be the year of 3D printing, when this three-decade-old technology finally becomes accessible and even commonplace.

Toyo Tire Recalls 69,000 Tires

January 27, 2012 9:24 am | News | Comments

Cypress-based Toyo Tire is recalling nearly 69,000 tires because of a possible kink near the rim area that could cause a crack and lead to tire failure.

Archer Daniels Ends Metabolix Joint Venture

January 13, 2012 8:59 am | News | Comments

Archer Daniels Midland is ending a biodegradable plastics joint venture with Metabolix because of the venture's cost, and uncertainty about its returns.


Grand Canyon To Ban Plastic Water Bottles

December 16, 2011 2:07 pm | by Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press | News | Comments

The national park will go ahead with their plan to get rid of plastic despite some claiming Coca-Cola has been influencing the decision through donations.

4 Injured In Flash Fire At Kentucky Factory

December 8, 2011 9:11 am | News | Comments

Four people were injured Wednesday in western Kentucky in a flash fire inside Polymer Partners LLC in Henderson.

Cooper Tire Locks Out Union Workers In Ohio

November 29, 2011 9:28 am | News | Comments

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. said that it locked union workers out of a Findlay, Ohio, plant after talks on a new contract failed.

Grand Canyon Bottle Ban Ends After Talks With Coke

November 10, 2011 3:35 am | News | Comments

Officials at the Grand Canyon abruptly abandoned plans to ban the sale of plastic water bottles after Coca-Cola, a major donor to the park, voiced concerns.

Fortis Plastics Plans To Close Indiana Factory

November 4, 2011 5:33 am | News | Comments

A plastics company based in northern Indiana has told state officials it is on the verge of closing both its factory and corporate offices.

PepsiCo Swaps China Bottling Ops For Tingyi

November 4, 2011 5:00 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

PepsiCo said it will transfer its interests in its bottling operations in China for a 5 percent indirect stake in Tingyi's drinks subsidiary.

Companies Sued Over Biodegradable Bottles

October 27, 2011 5:32 am | by Noaki Schwartz, Associated Press | News | Comments

California attorney general's office sued three companies over allegations they misled consumers by marketing plastic water bottles as biodegradable.

Study: BPA In Pregnant Women Might Affect Kids

October 24, 2011 5:37 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Preschool-aged girls whose mothers had relatively high urine levels of BPA during pregnancy scored worse but still within a normal range on behavior measures.

Continental Tire Building $500M Plant In S.C.

October 7, 2011 5:42 am | by Jim Davenport, Associated Press | Boeing | News | Comments

Continental Tire said on Thursday that it will build a $500 million plant in Sumter County and bring 1,600 jobs to the area.

Kureha Opens $150M Plastics Plant In W.Va.

September 27, 2011 6:04 am | News | Comments

The plant will produce polyglycolic acid, or PGA. The biodegradable plastic is used to produce plastic soft bottles and containers.

Bridgestone Investing $1.2B In South Carolina

September 21, 2011 10:48 am | Boeing | News | Comments

Tire company is investing $1.2 billion total in three projects in Aiken County, S.C., creating more than 850 jobs by 2020.

Goodyear 2Q Earnings Up

July 28, 2011 4:56 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s second-quarter earnings surged 43 percent, helped by a 24 percent sales increase.

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