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Triangle clears government hurdles for funding of new U.S. tire plants
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FRANKLIN, Tenn.—China's Triangle Group Co. Ltd. is getting close to breaking ground on its previously announced passenger and light truck tire factory in Edgecombe County, east of Rocky...
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FRANKLIN, Tenn.—China's Triangle Group is getting close to breaking ground on its previously announced passenger and light truck tire factory in Edgecombe County, east of Rocky Mount, N.C. FRANKLIN, Tenn.—China's Triangle Group is getting close to breaking ground on its previously announced passenger and light truck tire factory in Edgecombe County, east of Rocky Mount, N.C. $FRANKLIN, Tenn.—China's Triangle Group is getting close to breaking ground on its previously announced passenger and light truck tire factory in Edgecombe County, east of Rocky Mount, N.C.
EPA to toughen fluorochemical rules
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WASHINGTON—Calling it a "national priority," Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told a Washington conference May 22 that EPA will develop tougher regulations around...
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WASHINGTON—Calling it a "national priority," Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told a Washington conference May 22 that EPA will develop tougher regulations around chemicals widely used in making fluoropolymers and other products. WASHINGTON—Calling it a "national priority," Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told a Washington conference May 22 that EPA will develop tougher regulations around chemicals widely used in making fluoropolymers and other products. $WASHINGTON—Calling it a "national priority," Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told a Washington conference May 22 that EPA will develop tougher regulations around chemicals widely used in making fluoropolymers and other products.
Trump orders tariff investigation of imported autos, auto parts (updated)
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WASHINGTON—On the heels of tariffs issued on imported steel and aluminum, President Trump has ordered the U.S. Department of Commerce to conduct an investigation into whether imported...
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WASHINGTON—President Trump has ordered the U.S. Department of Commerce to conduct an investigation into whether imported vehicles and vehicle parts constitute a threat to national security. WASHINGTON—President Trump has ordered the U.S. Department of Commerce to conduct an investigation into whether imported vehicles and vehicle parts constitute a threat to national security. $WASHINGTON—President Trump has ordered the U.S. Department of Commerce to conduct an investigation into whether imported vehicles and vehicle parts constitute a threat to national security.
Goldsmith & Eggleton celebrates 50 years in business
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WADSWORTH, Ohio—Goldsmith & Eggleton has been a long-standing fixture in the rubber industry. What started as a small family business has continued to grow and expand into new markets,...
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WADSWORTH, Ohio—Goldsmith & Eggleton has existed in many spaces, but it started off with just an idea. What started as a small family business has continued to grow and expand into new markets, and in 2018 will celebrate its 50th anniversary. WADSWORTH, Ohio—Goldsmith & Eggleton has existed in many spaces, but it started off with just an idea. What started as a small family business has continued to grow and expand into new markets, and in 2018 will celebrate its 50th anniversary. $WADSWORTH, Ohio—Goldsmith & Eggleton has existed in many spaces, but it started off with just an idea. What started as a small family business has continued to grow and expand into new markets, and in 2018 will celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Wacky World of Rubber: Tires made difference in first Indy 500
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Tires always have been a big part of the Indianapolis 500, but perhaps no more so than they were in the inaugural running in 1911. When watching present-day pit stops where tire/wheel combinations ...
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Tires always have been a big part of the Indianapolis 500, but perhaps no more so than they were in the inaugural running in 1911. Tires always have been a big part of the Indianapolis 500, but perhaps no more so than they were in the inaugural running in 1911. $Tires always have been a big part of the Indianapolis 500, but perhaps no more so than they were in the inaugural running in 1911.
TIA, USTMA join forces on tire registration
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HILTON HEAD, S.C.—The Tire Industry Association and the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association are cooperating to find an effective and equitable way of registering tires in case of a recall,...
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HILTON HEAD, S.C.—The Tire Industry Association and the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association are cooperating to find an effective and equitable way of registering tires in case of a recall. HILTON HEAD, S.C.—The Tire Industry Association and the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association are cooperating to find an effective and equitable way of registering tires in case of a recall. $HILTON HEAD, S.C.—The Tire Industry Association and the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association are cooperating to find an effective and equitable way of registering tires in case of a recall.
Auto makers tell White House 'climate change is real'
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WASHINGTON—Auto makers urged the White House to cooperate with California officials in a coming rewrite of vehicle efficiency standards, saying "climate change is real." The plea came in a...
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WASHINGTON—Auto makers urged the White House to cooperate with California officials in a coming rewrite of vehicle efficiency standards, saying "climate change is real." WASHINGTON—Auto makers urged the White House to cooperate with California officials in a coming rewrite of vehicle efficiency standards, saying "climate change is real." $WASHINGTON—Auto makers urged the White House to cooperate with California officials in a coming rewrite of vehicle efficiency standards, saying "climate change is real."
Lord to invest $80 million for Pennsylvania expansion
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SAEGERTOWN, Pa.—Lord Corp. has disclosed plans to expand and upgrade operations at its Saegertown facility. The firm intends to invest $80 million during the next five years to add various...
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SAEGERTOWN, Pa.—Lord has disclosed plans to expand and upgrade operations at its Saegertown facility. SAEGERTOWN, Pa.—Lord has disclosed plans to expand and upgrade operations at its Saegertown facility. $SAEGERTOWN, Pa.—Lord has disclosed plans to expand and upgrade operations at its Saegertown facility.
3D printed polyurethane footwear makes technological strides
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All of the big sportswear brands have been investigating the possibility of printing high-performance footwear. And they have been supported by the manufacturers of materials and printing...
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All of the big sportswear brands have been investigating the possibility of printing high-performance footwear. And they have been supported by the manufacturers of materials and printing equipment. All of the big sportswear brands have been investigating the possibility of printing high-performance footwear. And they have been supported by the manufacturers of materials and printing equipment. $All of the big sportswear brands have been investigating the possibility of printing high-performance footwear. And they have been supported by the manufacturers of materials and printing equipment.
Maverix Solutions debuts new mold release coating
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SANTA ANA, Calif.—On the manufacturing floor, efficiency is key. Processes that create a time or cost savings are desired across the board. When one achieves both, with additional benefits...
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SANTA ANA, Calif.—Santa Ana-based Maverix Solutions developed Mavcoat MD-4, a mold release coating for the rubber industry that revolutionizes the molding process. SANTA ANA, Calif.—Santa Ana-based Maverix Solutions developed Mavcoat MD-4, a mold release coating for the rubber industry that revolutionizes the molding process. $SANTA ANA, Calif.—Santa Ana-based Maverix Solutions developed Mavcoat MD-4, a mold release coating for the rubber industry that revolutionizes the molding process.
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Published on May 16, 2018

Wacky World of Rubber: Benefits of artificial turf

Today's synthetic turfs do not need fertilizer, water or other resources to be maintained—just standard cleaning without all the mowing.

The playing field is one of the most important elements across all sports.

When it's working, it's hardly talked about. But when things go wrong—like say splitting in two or melting because of extreme temperatures—people notice. And sports fans are not exactly the most forgiving people. That is, unless the faux pas worked in their team's favor.

Artificial turf is nothing new and long has been the choice for indoor arenas. However, even outdoor stadiums are embracing it more frequently thanks to retractable roofs and the need to try to find a playing field that won't succumb to the elements.

Don't get me wrong, watching a "mudbowl" is fun…until a star player gets seriously injured. And being a Cleveland fan, it's probably going to happen to my team.

According to Dow Chemical Co., artificial turfs have evolved significantly. And today's synthetic turfs do not need fertilizer, water or other resources to be maintained—just standard cleaning without all the mowing.

Polyurethane resins, which Dow supplies, often are a material that pops up on these fields. They help improve the softness of the grass itself to ease the impact when an athlete comes in contact with the ground—like in football or rugby.

And unlike natural grass, the turf won't muddy up should it rain during that football game—American or Euro style—decreasing the chance of a major injury and increasing the quality of competition.

That's something I can definitely get behind.

Chris Sweeney considered installing rubber turf to avoid mowing the lawn, but then remembered he lives in an apartment. Follow him on Twitter @CSweeneyRPN.

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