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Career growth in the rubber industry will be limited in coming
years due to increased automation in rubber manufacturing
facilities. In addition, technological advances are making rubber
goods more durable and longer lasting, which may slow production
somewhat. The Rubber Manufacturers Association predicted a 16
percent decline in tire shipments in 2009, reflecting the
struggling auto manufacturing industry and the state of the U.S.
economy. It did, however, forecast a rebound in 2010, with tire
shipments increasing by 8 percent, to the 260 million unit
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