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Bridgestone to expand Tennessee truck tire plant
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MORRISON, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas Inc. is planning to break ground later this year on an expansion that will increase capacity at its Warren County, Tenn., truck/bus tire plant by about 8 ...
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MORRISON, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas is planning to break ground later this year on an expansion that will increase capacity at its Warren County, Tenn., truck/bus tire plant by about 8 percent. MORRISON, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas is planning to break ground later this year on an expansion that will increase capacity at its Warren County, Tenn., truck/bus tire plant by about 8 percent. $MORRISON, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas is planning to break ground later this year on an expansion that will increase capacity at its Warren County, Tenn., truck/bus tire plant by about 8 percent.
Coker Tire CEO Wade Kawasaki, investor group take ownership of company
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—A group of Coker Group executives, led by President and CEO Wade Kawasaki, has partnered with Irving Place Capital to acquire the supplier of collector car and motorcycle...
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—A group of Coker Group executives, led by President and CEO Wade Kawasaki, has partnered with Irving Place Capital to acquire the supplier of collector car and motorcycle tires and wheels. CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—A group of Coker Group executives, led by President and CEO Wade Kawasaki, has partnered with Irving Place Capital to acquire the supplier of collector car and motorcycle tires and wheels. $CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—A group of Coker Group executives, led by President and CEO Wade Kawasaki, has partnered with Irving Place Capital to acquire the supplier of collector car and motorcycle tires and wheels.
New technology may separate ethylene from ethane more efficiently
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SAN ANTONIO—Researchers are finding unusual ways to cut the production cost for ethylene. Cracking naphtha from crude oil is an important ethylene production route. However, this reaction...
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SAN ANTONIO—Researchers are finding unusual ways to cut the production cost for ethylene. SAN ANTONIO—Researchers are finding unusual ways to cut the production cost for ethylene. $SAN ANTONIO—Researchers are finding unusual ways to cut the production cost for ethylene.
Toyoda Gosei expands in China with acquisition of Hubei Rock
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KIYOSU, Japan—Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. is purchasing a majority stake in Hubei Rock Rubber and Seal Technology Co. Ltd. to strengthen its automotive parts business in China. The deal is...
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KIYOSU, Japan—Toyoda Gosei is purchasing a majority stake in Hubei Rock Rubber and Seal Technology to strengthen its automotive parts business in China. KIYOSU, Japan—Toyoda Gosei is purchasing a majority stake in Hubei Rock Rubber and Seal Technology to strengthen its automotive parts business in China. $KIYOSU, Japan—Toyoda Gosei is purchasing a majority stake in Hubei Rock Rubber and Seal Technology to strengthen its automotive parts business in China.
Photos: Semperit expands Czech hose plant
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VIENNA—The Semperit Group invested $30.4 million in an expansion at the Semperflex Optimit s.r.o. location in Odry, Czech Republic. The expansion increases production capacity to 109...
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VIENNA—The Semperit Group invested $30.4 million in an expansion at the Semperflex Optimit location in Odry, Czech Republic. VIENNA—The Semperit Group invested $30.4 million in an expansion at the Semperflex Optimit location in Odry, Czech Republic. $VIENNA—The Semperit Group invested $30.4 million in an expansion at the Semperflex Optimit location in Odry, Czech Republic.
Continental completes NVH footprint with Cooper Standard deal
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NOVI, Mich.—Certain opportunities are just too perfect to pass up. Continental A.G.'s Vibration Control business, which produces anti-vibration parts like engine mounts for the automotive...
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NOVI, Mich.—Continental's Vibration Controls business has agreed to acquire Cooper Standard's Anti-Vibration Systems business for $265.5 million, subject to closing conditions and antitrust approval in the relevant countries. NOVI, Mich.—Continental's Vibration Controls business has agreed to acquire Cooper Standard's Anti-Vibration Systems business for $265.5 million, subject to closing conditions and antitrust approval in the relevant countries. $NOVI, Mich.—Continental's Vibration Controls business has agreed to acquire Cooper Standard's Anti-Vibration Systems business for $265.5 million, subject to closing conditions and antitrust approval in the relevant countries.
DuPont to build $80 million plant in China
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ZHANGJIAGANG, China—DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers is investing more than $80 million to build a new manufacturing facility in Zhangjiagang that will produce "compounded high-...
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ZHANGJIAGANG, China—DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers is investing more than $80 million to build a new manufacturing facility in Zhangjiagang that will produce "compounded high-end engineering plastics and adhesives." ZHANGJIAGANG, China—DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers is investing more than $80 million to build a new manufacturing facility in Zhangjiagang that will produce "compounded high-end engineering plastics and adhesives." $ZHANGJIAGANG, China—DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers is investing more than $80 million to build a new manufacturing facility in Zhangjiagang that will produce "compounded high-end engineering plastics and adhesives."
Japan's auto makers wonder how to go more 'local' under USMCA
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TOKYO—North America's auto makers face a new reality of sourcing vehicle content under the free-trade deal agreed to by the U.S., Canada and Mexico. But for Japan's auto companies, the...
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TOKYO—North America's auto makers face a new reality of sourcing vehicle content under the free-trade deal agreed to by the U.S., Canada and Mexico. But for Japan's auto companies, the moment is particularly worrisome. TOKYO—North America's auto makers face a new reality of sourcing vehicle content under the free-trade deal agreed to by the U.S., Canada and Mexico. But for Japan's auto companies, the moment is particularly worrisome. $TOKYO—North America's auto makers face a new reality of sourcing vehicle content under the free-trade deal agreed to by the U.S., Canada and Mexico. But for Japan's auto companies, the moment is particularly worrisome.
BKT plans $100 million investment for U.S. tire plant
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MAHARASHTRA, India—Off-highway tire manufacturer Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) is budgeting $100 million for the plant it is planning to build in the U.S., the company disclosed in a Nov. ...
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MAHARASHTRA, India—Off-highway tire manufacturer Balkrishna Industries is budgeting $100 million for the plant it is planning to build in the U.S. MAHARASHTRA, India—Off-highway tire manufacturer Balkrishna Industries is budgeting $100 million for the plant it is planning to build in the U.S. $MAHARASHTRA, India—Off-highway tire manufacturer Balkrishna Industries is budgeting $100 million for the plant it is planning to build in the U.S.
Column: It's high time to find a middle ground for fuel efficiency standards
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WASHINGTON—Stakeholders and interested citizens officially have weighed in about the Trump administration's efforts to freeze vehicle fuel efficiency standards at the 2020 model year. The...
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WASHINGTON—Stakeholders and interested citizens officially have weighed in about the Trump administration's efforts to freeze vehicle fuel efficiency standards at the 2020 model year. WASHINGTON—Stakeholders and interested citizens officially have weighed in about the Trump administration's efforts to freeze vehicle fuel efficiency standards at the 2020 model year. $WASHINGTON—Stakeholders and interested citizens officially have weighed in about the Trump administration's efforts to freeze vehicle fuel efficiency standards at the 2020 model year.
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