RMA 2006 Annual Meeting to Feature CNN Analyst Stu Rothenberg, Inc. Magazine’s Steve Little

Counterfeiting, Trade and Global Supply Issues on Agenda

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846

WASHINGTON, D.C.January 20, 2006 – Elastomer and tire industry leaders are set to discuss business and politics, and the economic outlook for the U.S. rubber industry at the 2006 Rubber Manufacturers Association/General Products Group annual meetings on February 25-27, at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Invited speakers will address business and political topics, which are impacting near-and long-term forecasts for business success. Important among these issues are electoral outcomes in the 2006 fall elections, overseas competition and trade law, product counterfeiting, and forecasts on the supplies and costs of energy and raw materials critical to the rubber and tire business.

To address these issues and more, Steven Little from INC. Magazine will keynote the February 26 session with a talk on strategies for business growth in an environment of fast-paced change, both in customer needs and expectations, as well as competitor’s capabilities. Attendees also will hear from noted political commentator Stuart Rothenberg on expectations for the upcoming mid-term congressional elections.

Additionally, the meeting will include the 2006 Safety and Health Improvement Program award ceremony to recognize top-performing RMA-member production facilities.

At the February 27 annual meeting of RMA’s General Products Group, Thomas Moga, Butzel Long PC, will speak on corporate and government strategies for mitigating the ever-growing influx of counterfeit products from overseas. The agenda also will feature a business forecast from a noted rubber-industry economist.

The agenda for February 25 will feature several technical breakout sessions for GPG members.

Meeting registration information is available at www.rma.org, or by calling Theresa Johnson at 202-682-4827, or Kevin Ott at 202-682-4818.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include more than 100 companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.