Research carried out at Australia’s Newcastle University indicates insecticides and tyre industry by-products could be adversely affecting fertility. Local news sources are reporting that the work found that low doses of certain chemicals can cause eggs to grow prematurely. Researcher Eileen McLaughlin told Australia’s Radio National’s Science Show that means women will run out of eggs at a younger age.
“We’ve discovered that sub-acute doses will actually trigger the eggs prematurely into growing,” she said. “Obviously they are destined to die, they are not going to be ovulated. And this is depleting the population of ovarian follicles in the ovary so effectively the woman will run out of good eggs earlier.”
A massive fire broke out at the premises of Liverpool-based Eco Tyre Shredders on April 23. According to eyewitness reports explosions and fireballs ripped through the processing plant located in the Knowsley industrial estate. Initially six fire engines were called to the scene at 9am, and these were soon joined by another half dozen units as well as an aerial appliance that sprayed water on the blaze.
The fire continued to burn strongly, causing the roof of the single-storey facility to collapse. Flames then spread to a neighbouring office block. Fire incident management teams advised residents to minimise the effects of the cloud of thick black smoke forming over the building by staying inside and keeping doors and windows shut. At the height of the fire local business owners voiced concern about the fire potentially reaching buildings on the estate that housed chemicals, such as the Rentokill facility.
Accusations of pollution originating in facilities owned by Firestone have been raised by people living along the banks of a river in Liberia. It is alleged that Firestone is releasing pollutants from its facilities in the town of Harbel into the Farmington River. Residents in the riverside town of Owensgrove blame a milky-white discharge from the Firestone plant for the high levels of sickness in the area, and these current accusations are by no means the first time the issue has been raised.
India’s fifth largest tyre manufacturer, Birla Tyres suffered a fire at its plant in Orissa’s Balasore district on Saturday 3 February, causing damage to its chemical stocks. The fire was attributed to a possible short circuit, which engulfed the dye unit of the plant.
According to local reports the fire was brought under control within three hours with the help of the fire brigade. Two fire tenders attended the scene while a fire engine belonging to the company was also pressed into service to control the flames.
Alcoa’s new Dura-Bright wheels with XBR technology provide customers with wheels that are 53 per cent more reflective and with 74 per cent more image clarity, according to the wheel manufacturer. In fact from 1 September Alcoa Wheel Products will officially begin transitioning from its original Dura-Bright wheels to new Dura-Bright wheels with XBR technology. Alcoa says its new treatment means brake dust, grime and oil residue wash off quickly and easily with a spray of soap and water. As before, Dura-Bright wheels with XBR technology combat liquid road de-icers and chemicals.
(Akron/Tire Review) According to news reports, nine people who worked at the long-closed Uniroyal tyre plant in Eau Claire, Wis., are suing a number of chemical suppliers claiming that exposure to dangerous chemicals caused them to develop cancer.
Tecalemit Garage Equipment Co Ltd is launching a new Antifreeze and Windscreen Pump to further boost its comprehensive range of lubrication equipment. Ideal for mixing antifreeze and windscreen fluids in workshops, this pump is designed to move a broad spectrum of fluids, such as coolants, anti freeze, inks, glue and other chemicals which are compatible with AISI 316, Viton and PTFE seals.
(Akron/Tire Review) Administrative Law Judge Paul J Luckern of the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has found that the Kumho Petrochemical Co. (KPC) of Seoul, Korea is not in violation of the ITC’s unfair trade practice laws, with respect to its importation of tyre chemicals into the US.
Columbian Chemicals Co received approval from the Phelps Dodge Corp Board of directors to proceed with plans to build a greenfield carbon black manufacturing facility in the Camacari Pole, a chemical complex in the Bahia state of Brazil. Construction of the facility is anticipated to begin in early 2006 with production commencing the first quarter of 2007.
In Malaysia, Titan Chemicals Corpn. Bhd has won a contract from the Korea Kumho Petrochemical Co. Ltd. to supply butadiene; the raw material used to make synthetic rubber. The operation will begin in 2007 and the five-year contract is worth an estimated 500 million Ringgits (US$ 132.8 million)
Amerityre Corporation. Richard Steinke, president and CEO of Amerityre Corporation, today announced that Amerityre has entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Ace Products, LLC, for a proposed transaction involving the licensing of certain technology and the sale of certain manufacturing equipment and inventory.
China’s two largest tyre manufacturers have signed contracts to receive carbon black from the same supplier. China Energy will supply 1,000 and 800 tons to Hongzhou Chong Che Tire Company and Gui Zhou Guiyang Tires, respectively. Dong Hua Rubber Limited and Dong Tian Rubber and Chemicals Limited have also made contracts of 1,000 and 800 tons of carbon black, respectively. China Energy, Carbon Black Holdings, says it has received contracts amounting to 8300 tons of its speciality carbon black.
“In the past two years, we have been focusing our business on China’s fast-growing automobile industry. And it looks like this strategy is starting to pay off,” chairman and CEO, Mr Wang Guo Yuan commented adding: “Our carbon black helps the tyre makers to address the needs for improved tread wear, lowering rolling resistance, lower heat build-up. Therefore, our carbon black is being utilised for various types of tyres.”
Officials have report that a fire broke out at the Continental General Tire plant in Mount Vernon, Illinois. No injuries have been reported. Fire and water damage was estimated to be more than $100,000. The fire is believed to have started when a welder working in the curing department ignited some chemicals. The resulting fireball burned through the ceiling, but was brought under control within half-an-hour. Employees were evacuated as a precaution, though plant operations resumed a short time later.
Goodyear is about to make a second attempt to sell non-core businesses with suggestions that its engineered products division will be the first one up for sale, according to ‘The Deal’ reports. The news comes after Goodyear cancelled the sale of its rubber chemicals business in July. The company had promised to pay down its debts, using the sale of some its assets to provide the necessary funding. So far the company hasn’t sold any of its significant assets.
The Deal reported that oa source close to the company suggested that the next business unit up for sale will be the engineered products business. The sale process is expected to start in January. Refusing to mention the speculation, Goodyear’s engineered products spokesman, Skip Scherer said: “To maximise shareholder value, the company evaluates from time to time its business portfolio, but we don’t speculate or comment on that process.”
It is not clear how much the business unit will cost, should it be sold, but one analyst, Morningstar Inc’s Philip Guziec, has been quoted as suggesting that between $600 million and $1.2 billion would be a likely figure.
New EU directives on vehicles are likely to add 5,000 Euros (3,340 GBP) to the price of an average car. Speaking at the Birmingham Motor Show, Roger Puttnam chairman of Ford in Britain, warned that manufacturing margins were already thin and that mounting regulatory costs would have to be passed on to the consumers. Puttnam singled out new rules on vehicle recycling, the control of chemicals and safety, all of which are to be implemented by 2008.