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Bridgestone Gets Boost From Auto Recovery

August 6, 2010 5:09 am | News | Comments

Japanese tire maker, running neck and neck with Michelin SCA of France as the world's biggest, posted $517.4 million profit for the six months through June.

Goodyear To Recall Workers In Va.

July 29, 2010 10:32 am | News | Comments

Company says it is increasing production at its plant in Danville and recalling laid-off workers as the plant returns to a four-shift, seven-day operation schedule.

Canadian Plastics Company Wants N.D. Ethane

July 19, 2010 6:20 am | News | Comments

Slipping supply of a gas used in plastic manufacturing has prompted a Canadian petrochemical factory to pursue stocks from a North Dakota plant.


California Bans BPA In Baby Products

July 2, 2010 7:00 am | News | Comments

The California Assembly has voted to ban plastic baby bottles, sippy cups and baby formula containers that contain the chemical bisphenol A.

Goodyear Settles Crash Lawsuit

June 25, 2010 10:00 am | News | Comments

Families of the three men involved blamed the accident on a faulty tire on the Chevrolet Camaro rather than excessive speed and the beer the men had been drinking.

Plastic Recycling Plant To Add 360 Jobs In Kentucky

May 25, 2010 9:39 am | News | Comments

Frankfort officials say more than 350 jobs are expected to be created when a Mountain Valley Recycling Corp. plant opens in the city.

Bridgestone Returns To Profit In 1Q

May 7, 2010 5:25 am | News | Comments

Tire maker said it mustered a net profit of $191 million in the January-March quarter amid a gradual global recovery.

Cooper Tire 1Q Profit Climbs On Higher Tire Sales

May 6, 2010 5:15 am | News | Comments

Tire and rubber company said it reversed a year-ago loss, posting net income of $11.6 million in the first quarter on higher tire sales and better use of manufacturing capacity.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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