Good News of the Week

There was some good news on the rubber front last week: frantic experiments by Standard Oil (N.J.) to improve its famed butyl rubber process have finally produced a way to make much more butyl with the same plant capacity.

With WPB's fond blessing, Standard is now scheduled to produce by next spring 132,000 tons of butyl instead of the 60,000 tons originally planned. Since test runs have recently proved that butyl will make a light-duty tire good for at least 16,000 miles at 40 m.p.h. or less, the 72,000 extra tons of butyl will give the U.S. more...

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