Goodyear Reducing Emulsion Rubber Production

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

    HOUSTON, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to match emulsion-styrene
 butadiene rubber production with its customer demands, Goodyear Chemical is
 lowering elastomer output at its Houston plant.
     "Currently, we are experiencing reduced demand for E-SBR, which primarily
 is used in tire manufacturing," said Karen Burke, director of sales and
 marketing for the business.
     Decreased sales of the polymer, said Burke, has occurred as automotive
 customers continue to embrace lighter-weight and longer-lasting passenger
 tires using high-performance, fuel-efficient solution-styrene butadiene
 rubber, produced at the company's Beaumont, Texas, complex, in place of E-SBR.
     An International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers official cited
 that during the past ten years, North American E-SBR consumption decreased 10
 percent.
     Consolidation of polymerization equipment, scheduled to start April 20,
 will remove more than 100 million pounds of production from the plant and
 provide manufacturing efficiencies, according to Les Carnahan, director of
 product supply for the Goodyear chemical business.
     More than 40 jobs could be eliminated at the plant -- some through
 attrition, he said.
     "Goodyear intends to continue supplying E-SBR to meet customer needs,"
 said Carnahan.  "The equipment still operating has advanced process control
 technologically designed to maintain product quality and uniformity."
     The plant produces water-based emulsion polymers used in tires, conveyor
 belts, toys, shoe soles and many other products.  It also produces high solids
 SBR latex used in adhesives, coating products and asphalt modifiers.
 
 

SOURCE Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    HOUSTON, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to match emulsion-styrene
 butadiene rubber production with its customer demands, Goodyear Chemical is
 lowering elastomer output at its Houston plant.
     "Currently, we are experiencing reduced demand for E-SBR, which primarily
 is used in tire manufacturing," said Karen Burke, director of sales and
 marketing for the business.
     Decreased sales of the polymer, said Burke, has occurred as automotive
 customers continue to embrace lighter-weight and longer-lasting passenger
 tires using high-performance, fuel-efficient solution-styrene butadiene
 rubber, produced at the company's Beaumont, Texas, complex, in place of E-SBR.
     An International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers official cited
 that during the past ten years, North American E-SBR consumption decreased 10
 percent.
     Consolidation of polymerization equipment, scheduled to start April 20,
 will remove more than 100 million pounds of production from the plant and
 provide manufacturing efficiencies, according to Les Carnahan, director of
 product supply for the Goodyear chemical business.
     More than 40 jobs could be eliminated at the plant -- some through
 attrition, he said.
     "Goodyear intends to continue supplying E-SBR to meet customer needs,"
 said Carnahan.  "The equipment still operating has advanced process control
 technologically designed to maintain product quality and uniformity."
     The plant produces water-based emulsion polymers used in tires, conveyor
 belts, toys, shoe soles and many other products.  It also produces high solids
 SBR latex used in adhesives, coating products and asphalt modifiers.
 
 SOURCE  Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company