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Goodyear Narrows 1Q Loss, Revenue Climbs

April 28, 2010 8:00 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Tire maker reported sharply improved global sales as revenue jumped 21 percent but charges led by a Venezuelan currency devaluation caused a first quarter loss.

EPA Probes Impact Of BPA

March 29, 2010 10:57 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Federal agencies are scrutinizing the controversial plastic-hardener at the behest of scientists and activists who say it can interfere with infant development.

Eastman Chemical Buys Genovique Specialties

March 17, 2010 6:15 am | News | Comments

Company said Wednesday it will buy chemical maker Genovique Specialties Corp. in a move to expand its position in the specialty plasticizers market.

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IBM, Stanford Develop New Plastic Recycling Method

March 9, 2010 4:45 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

New method involves a way to break plastic down so it can be reused again and again in the same form -- an advancement that could intrigue beverage companies.

Senator Urges Ban On Chemical BPA

March 2, 2010 9:19 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sen. Charles Schumer wants EPA to include Bisphenol-A, a controversial plastic-hardener, on a list of chemicals subject to stricter federal rules.

Goodyear 4Q Profit Beats Expectations

February 18, 2010 9:33 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Even though sales remain weak in North America and Europe, tire company earned $107 million and reported 8 percent increase in volume due to growing global demand.

Michelin 2009 Profit Drops 71 Percent

February 12, 2010 4:18 am | News | Comments

French tire maker on Friday reported a 71 percent drop in earnings last year as auto markets slumped, and said it is 'vigilant' for the year ahead.

Maryland May Ban BPA Products

February 3, 2010 6:51 am | News | Comments

Delegate James Hubbard hopes to ban sale, manufacture or distribution of children's toys or childcare articles that contain bisphenol-A which is used to harden plastics.

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Health Agencies Concerned About BPA

January 15, 2010 10:17 am | by Damian J. Troise, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Agencies said research shows cause for concern over bisphenol-A's potential effect on children, but more study is needed before any regulatory changes are considered.

WTO To Probe U.S. Tariffs On Chinese Tires

January 11, 2010 4:01 am | by Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Dispute focuses on three-year tariff approved in September by President Obama, which aims to slow China's rapid export growth and protect American jobs in tire sector.

Michelin Considers Ending Production In Japan

December 7, 2009 4:30 am | News | Comments

French tire manufacturer is considering ending tire production in Japan as early as next summer due to sluggish sales amid a global economic slump.

Hyosung Closing Virginia Tire Cord Plant

November 25, 2009 4:30 am | News | Comments

Tire cord plant will close its doors in Scottsville, Va., by the end of January, resulting in 106 workers losing their jobs.

Goodyear Raises Tire Prices To Offset Costs

November 13, 2009 4:40 am | News | Comments

World’s largest tire maker said it is increasing the price of tires sold in North America by 6 percent to offset higher raw material costs.

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Chemical BPA Linked To Sex Problems In Workers

November 11, 2009 7:05 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Male factory workers in China who got very high doses of a chemical that's been widely used in hard plastic bottles had high rates of sexual problems, researchers said.

EU Fines Plastics Cartel For Price Fixing

November 11, 2009 4:10 am | News | Comments

Regulators jointly fined Akzo, Ciba, Elf Aquitaine and seven others $260 million for fixing the price of plastic additives.

EPA To Set Standards For PVC Plant Emissions

November 6, 2009 4:14 am | by Cain Burdeau, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Agency will set new nationwide emission standards for makers of polyvinyl chloride, commonly known as the plastic PVC, under a settlement with environmental groups.

Goodyear’s 3Q Profit More Than Doubles

October 28, 2009 10:20 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Performance marked a reversal by Goodyear, which had reported $554 million in losses in the first six months of the year as the recession staggered the automotive industry.

Bridgestone Closing Australia, NZ Tire Plants

October 23, 2009 5:10 am | News | Comments

Japan's biggest tire maker Bridgestone Corp. said it will close its two manufacturing plants in Australia and New Zealand by mid-2010 with the loss of 875 jobs.

Goodyear To Close South Carolina Plant

October 21, 2009 11:00 am | News | Comments

Global tire maker says it plans to close its Spartanburg, S.C., plant and move operations to other Goodyear plants nationwide to improve efficiency.

Ball Corp. Sells Georgia Plant To BWAY

October 13, 2009 5:30 am | News | Comments

Metal and plastic packaging supplier is selling its plastic pail assets, including a manufacturing plant in Newnan, Ga., to BWAY Corp. for about $32 million.

Cooper Tire Expanding Texarkana Factory

October 6, 2009 6:10 am | News | Comments

Company has announced it will add 200 jobs to its Texarkana, Ark., operation and start running the plant around the clock, seven days a week.

Goodyear: New Steelworkers Contract To Save $215M

September 30, 2009 6:10 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Tire and rubber company said new national contract with the United Steelworkers union will save the company $215 million over the four-year life of the agreement.

Goodyear Workers Vote On Contract In Alabama

September 22, 2009 6:34 am | News | Comments

Proposed contract gives 'protected' status, which means minimum staffing levels are guaranteed for the life of the agreement, to six Goodyear plants.

China: Tire Dispute Shouldn't Hurt U.S. Ties

September 15, 2009 8:05 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Beijing tried to allay fears of a trade war with Washington over tire tariffs, saying it will press a WTO case against new U.S. duties but wants to avoid harming relations.

China Wants WTO Talks On U.S. Tire Tariffs

September 14, 2009 10:00 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Beijing accused Washington on Monday of violating World Trade Organization rules by raising tariffs on Chinese tires and demanded talks in the WTO.

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