ERJ staff report (RPN)
Akron, Ohio – North American tire production today is sluggish at best, comments a Rubber & Plastics News editorial, except for light vehicle original equipment tires. But that certainly isn’t holding back foreign carbon black companies from going after customers in this corner of the world.
They – particularly Asian carbon black producers – see two factors that give them an opportunity to make their mark in North America. The first is tire capacity expansion.
The present may be slow, but tire manufacturers plan…