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ITC releases final report on China duties
Rubber & Plastics News
The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued its final report on countervailing, antidumping decisions for Chinese passenger and light truck tires — one week ahead of the statutory deadline. In its report, the agency restated that the ITC’s six commissioners reached opposite conclusions on the same data in their split 3-3 decision on whether to find that Chinese passenger and light truck tire imports had caused material injury to the U.S. tire industry.
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Deadline for 2015 TIA Board Election approaching
Tire Review
The Tire Industry Association will close its voting period for the 2015 TIA Board of Directors election on Sept. 1. Elections will place four individuals onto the TIA Board for three-year terms.
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Senators urge recall of all vehicles with Takata air bags
Reuters via NBC News
Two U.S. senators on Aug. 20 called on Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp. to immediately recall all vehicles containing the company's air bags. Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats, serve on a Senate panel that has been investigating problems with Takata air bags that can rupture and spew metal shards at vehicle occupants.
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Lamb's Tire grows with Central Texas market
Modern Tire Dealer
Since the start of 2015, Jim Ramsey has added a store, a technical training program and a commercial service offering to the network of Lamb’s Tire and Automotive outlets in Central Texas. Business has been better than expected at the new store on the south side of Austin, Texas.
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GM expands headlight recall to 180,504 more vehicles
Automotive News
General Motors is expanding a recall of Buicks and Pontiacs with defective low-beam headlights to include 180,504 more vehicles, the automaker said recently. The recall now covers 493,265 vehicles total.
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Cooper reports progress on guayule research
Modern Tire Dealer
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. plans to produce a prototype tire in 2017 with 100 percent of its natural and synthetic rubber components substituted with those made from guayule, a shrub native to the U.S. So instead of hevea natural rubber tapped from rubber trees grown in countries such as India and Malaysia, components will be made from rubber extracted from a bush grown in Arizona and throughout the southwestern U.S.
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High-tech cars helping blur traditional boundaries of auto, tech industries
The Associated Press via Fox Business
The office has all the trappings of a high-tech startup. There's a giant beanbag in the foyer and erasable, white board walls for brainstorming. Someone's pet dog lounges happily on the sunny balcony. Welcome to the Palo Alto home of the Ford Motor Co., six miles from the headquarters of Google. Meanwhile, in a squat, industrial building in suburban Detroit, a short drive from Ford's headquarters, workers are busy building a small fleet of driverless cars. The company behind them? Google.
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GM to build auto industry archive, research center in Flint, Michigan
Manufacturing.Net
General Motors recently announced plans to convert a former factory in downtown Flint, Michigan into an archive and research center. GM bought the Durant-Dort Factory One in 2013. The plant housed the Flint Road Cart Company in the late 19th century; Flint Road co-founder William Crapo Durant would go on to form GM.
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