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Rubber Products has ceased doing business and has commenced the process of liquidating its assets for the benefit of its lenders and other creditors.

The UCB factory at Ghent-Wondelgem has celebrated the 100th anniversary of its creation in 1895. It joined the UCB Group in 1928, when it was formed from the amalgamation of several industrial firms in three sectors: the Pharma Sector, the Chemical Sector and the Films and Packaging Sector.

Three companies have joined the International Rubber Study Group's Panel of Associates, doubling the number of new members joining this year. SMPT (Societe des Matieres Premieres Tropicales) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Compagnie Financiere Michelin. Based in Singapore, it is in charge of natural rubber purchasing, quality control, logistics and financing for the needs of the Michelin Group's factories worldwide. Kautschuk Gesellschaft mbH is a subsidiary of Safic-Alcan, France, a company operating on a worldwide basis. The company trades in natural and synthetic latex, natural and synthetic rubbers, including Russian materials and rubber chemicals, concentrating on the markets in Germany, some in Western Europe, former Comecon countries, North America and Far East Asia. Flexsys is the 50/50 joint venture rubber chemicals company formed recently by Monsanto and Akzo-Nobel. The IRSG was founded in 1944 as an inter-governmental organization to accumulate and publish the authoritative statistics on the production, consumption and trade in natural and synthetic rubber and rubber products. It also provides a forum for the discussion of matters affecting the worldwide rubber industry, and carries out the statistical, economic and techno-economic studies related to the industry.

To further enhance service to its members and customers, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has relocated to a newly-constructed headquarters building in West Conshohocken, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. ASTM began operating from its new facility on October 2. ASTM is the leading developer and publisher of voluntary standards for industry.

Flexsys announces closure of two primary accelerator operations at its Hillhouse (Lancashire, U.K.) and Elbeuf (Normandy, France) manufacturing locations by the end of 1995. The closures support the company's declared commitment to world class manufacturing, including economies of scale and manufacturing consolidation. Manufacture of antidegradants at Hillhouse and guanadines at Elbeuf will continue.

An agreement between Mexico and the United States reopening the Mexican market to U.S. replacement tires is imminent, according to Robert Hellmuth, vice president of technical and legislative affairs for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).

To better meet the needs of the global adhesives market, Bayer will combine the sales and marketing functions for its Adhesive and Rubber Sealant raw material business areas, and form the Adhesive Raw Material Business Group. Also, effective immediately, most of Bayer's commercial Texin grades of thermoplastic polyurethane resin will change nomenclature to harmonize the numbering system of U.S.- made Texin products with German-made Desmopan products on a global basis. There will be no changes in product formulation.

Michelin has started producing "Green X" tires in Europe and the U.S. This model promises to last longer, lower rolling resistance and reduce automobile fuel consumption, according to the company. It is also said to offer exceptional levels of treadwear, as well as both wet and snow traction.

Avon Technical Products, a sister division of Cadillac Rubber & Plastics, was presented the Preferred Supplier award from Kysor/Cadillac. Approximately 50 suppliers to Kysor/Cadillac were elegible for the award.

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In the recently released second annual Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) Quality Survey, 77% of the automotive suppliers who responded indicated they intend to pursue QS-9000 certification, and of those, 66% expect to be QS-9000 certified by the end of 1996. Overall, survey results provide insight to suppliers' current and future quality activities as they apply to QS-9000 participation (QS-9000 is the quality standard developed by the Big Three Task Force) and ISO 9000, as well as plans and resources for implementation of quality registration or certification.
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Title Annotation:liquidation
Publication:Rubber World
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Date:Nov 1, 1995
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