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Researchers Substitute Feathers For Petroleum

May 4, 2011 5:19 am | by Michael J. Crumb, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers developed ways to substitute feathers for petroleum in some plastic products, and at least two companies are working to bring items to market.

Goodyear Posts Sales Record In 1Q

April 29, 2011 5:54 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear's focus on high-end products helped it set a company sales record for any quarter and reverse a loss from the first quarter of 2010.

Phoenix Packaging To Expand Operations

April 12, 2011 10:25 am | News | Comments

Phoenix Packaging Operations is planning to expand its plastic manufacturing operations, creating 100 jobs and investing $17.5 million for the project.


Union, Company Discussing Ways To Save Plant

April 11, 2011 10:19 am | News | Comments

Plastics workers union and Thomas & Betts Corp. are discussing ways to keep the plant open instead of moving its production of electrical outlet boxes to Tennessee.

Former Ford Plant To Distribute Plastic Nurdles

April 11, 2011 5:42 am | by Josh Brown | News | Comments

Where workers once assembled Ford pickups, they now will sort, package, and ship plastic pellets.

Fire At Plastics Factory In Czech Republic

April 8, 2011 5:25 am | News | Comments

Firefighters have evacuated hundreds of people from their homes in eastern Czech Republic because of the risk of toxic fumes from a huge fire at a plastics factory.

Williams Reaches Deal To Supply Nova Chemicals

March 28, 2011 10:38 am | News | Comments

Tulsa-based Williams said it will produce up to 17,000 barrels a day of ethane and ethylene for Nova Chemicals, which is Canada's biggest plastics producer.

Goodyear To Expand Capital Investments

March 22, 2011 10:00 am | News | Comments

Goodyear Tire & Rubber plans to make plant investments over the next two years aimed at increasing production of more profitable high-end tires.


Continental Recalls Ford Truck Tires

March 18, 2011 10:37 am | News | Comments

Continental Tire says it will recall 390,000 truck tires, most of which are used as original tires on 2008-2009 Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks.

BP Increases Capacity At China Plastics Site

February 17, 2011 4:37 am | News | Comments

BP PLC increasing production capacity for purified terephthalic acid, a raw material used to make textiles, bottles and film products, at its Zhuhai Chemical Co. site.

Goodyear To Close Plant In Tennessee

February 10, 2011 5:23 am | News | Comments

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s fourth-quarter sales jumped 14 percent, but it lost $177 million as it disclosed plans to close a plant in Tennessee.

Bridgestone To Raise Prices

February 9, 2011 4:35 am | News | Comments

Tire maker will raise the price of its passenger car tires by an average of 8 percent, against the backdrop of surging material costs and growing demand.

Eastman Chemical Posts 4Q Profit

February 1, 2011 4:33 am | News | Comments

Chemical and plastics maker said it posted a fourth-quarter profit, reversing a year-ago loss, as worldwide demand for packaging materials and chemicals increased.


Berlin Packaging Acquires Continental Packaging Solutions

December 15, 2010 10:55 am | by Edited by staff | News | Comments

Supplier of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures acquired Chicago-based Continental Packaging Solutions to expand the resources available to customers.

Goodyear Sells 2 Tire Businesses To Titan

December 14, 2010 4:40 am | News | Comments

Titan Tire Corp. has agreed to buy Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.'s European and Latin American farm tire businesses for $130 million.

China 'Regrets' WTO Ruling On U.S. Tire Tariff

December 14, 2010 4:37 am | News | Comments

Beijing regrets a WTO ruling that U.S. acted within its rights when it raised import taxes on Chinese tires by as much as 35 percent and will file a complaint.

Bayer To Expand Production In China

December 9, 2010 4:47 am | News | Comments

Germany's Bayer AG says it plans to expand its production of plastics and high-tech materials in China -- investing some $1.33 billion at a site in Shanghai.

Encore Plastics Plans Georgia Plant

November 24, 2010 5:07 am | News | Comments

Ohio-based plastics manufacturer says it will open a plant in Forsyth early in 2011 that will manufacture and distribute paint-related packaging items.

Bridgestone To Cut 425 Jobs

November 17, 2010 4:45 am | News | Comments

Nashville-based Bridgestone Americas Inc. is cutting 425 jobs nationwide and moving two unit headquarters to the Music City.

MISUMI Accepting Orders For Metric Components Catalog

November 11, 2010 7:58 am | by Edited by staff | News | Comments

The new 2011 Metric Configurable Components Catalog includes complete at-a-glance technical specifications, pricing, and delivery times.

Goodyear Loses $20M In 3Q

October 28, 2010 6:09 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., hurt by spiraling rubber expenses, reported a $20 million third-quarter loss Thursday despite solid sales increases.

Plastics Manufacturer To Open Plant In Lawrence

October 21, 2010 10:27 am | News | Comments

California-based plastics manufacturer says it will open a new plant in Lawrence, bringing 120 jobs to the city.

3D Systems Acquires Bits From Bytes

October 15, 2010 12:06 pm | by Edited by staff | News | Comments

3D Systems Corporation announced that it acquired Bits From Bytes Limited, a United Kingdom maker of affordable 3D printers and 3D printer kits.

Yogurt Co. Turns To Plants For Packaging

October 14, 2010 5:37 am | by Lisa Rathke, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Responding to health concerns about possible carcinogens in polystyrene containers, organic yogurt company announced it has switched to a plastic made from corn.

OSHA Fines Plastics Company For Safety Violations

September 22, 2010 5:28 am | News | Comments

Federal authorities have cited Spartech Plastics for exposing workers to unguarded machinery and electrocution and amputation hazards.

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