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Malaysia’s glove sector: in a quiet revolution with automation/Industry 4.0

Malaysia’s glove sector: in a quiet revolution with automation/Industry 4.0

The world’s largest producer of rubber gloves is getting a hold of competition, wage hikes and volatile currency, with capacity expansions through automation...

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Green Rubber: New biorubber tyres with a greener footprint

Green Rubber: New biorubber tyres with a greener footprint

R&D efforts and partnerships are keeping pace with the clamour for renewable-sourced rubber for tyres, says Angelica Buan in this report. From guayule to soy beans...

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The anatomy of biobased rubber in tyres

The anatomy of biobased rubber in tyres

Renewably-sourced synthetic rubbers are making the cut in the growing automotive and tyre markets, says Angelica Buan in this report..

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Paving the way for rubberised roads

Paving the way for rubberised roads

Rubberised roads demonstrate a viable solution against greenhouse gas emissions, road noise abatement and landfilling of scrap tyre rubber. In Thailand, rubber roads also stabilise its economy, says..

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Medical devices market in good shape with silicones

Medical devices market in good shape with silicones

Evolving from silicon, one of the earth’s most common elements, silicones are recognised for their versatile medical application potentials...

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Rubber Chemicals: Quality Accelerates

Rubber Chemicals: Quality Accelerates

This technical paper by Melanie Wiedemeier-Jarad and Dr. Hermann-Josef Weidenhaupt of Lanxess GmbH, Germany, explores the interaction between sulphur...

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No barriers to growth for Malaysian glove makers

No barriers to growth for Malaysian glove makers

Malaysia dominates the global rubber industry, supplying more than half the world’s glove requirements. It is well positioned to do so for reasons such as its natural rubber resources...

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Green thumb rules in the tyre industry

Green thumb rules in the tyre industry

Fluctuating supply and prices o f latex rubber and a growing demand for more eco-friendly technologies are antecedent to the development o f a flourishing green tyre sector...

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Slow, steady gain for Asian rubber in 2017

The Asian rubber industry is no stranger to fluctuations in commodity prices and upshot of market mechanisms. This year has jump started with improved rubber prices, compared to earlier quarters of la

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Synthetic rubber: down but not out

Synthetic rubber: down but not out

Mired by the current tight supply and high prices, brought on by an increase in oil prices , the synthetic rubber sector is facing challenging times...

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Wacker to build new pyrogenic silica plant in its Charleston site in the US

Wacker to build new pyrogenic silica plant in its Charleston site in the US

The new facility is a key addition to the Charleston site’s supply chain, with an expected annual capacity of 13,000 metric tonnes.

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Cutting-edge nanotechnologies are breaking into industries

Cutting-edge nanotechnologies are breaking into industries

The first-ever Industry Summit in the rapidly developing and expanding field of nanoaugmented materials was held on 14–16 November at the birthplace of the world’s...

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ETRMA welcomes adoption of GEAR 2030 report

October 20, 2017
ETRMA welcomes adoption of GEAR 2030 report

The European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) has welcomed the adoption of the Report of the High Level Group on the Competitiveness and Sustainable Growth of the Automotive Industry in the European Union (GEAR 2030). The EU’s automotive sector…

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Cabot Corporation launches Asia Technology Center

October 20, 2017
Cabot Corporation launches Asia Technology Center

Cabot Corporation has launched its new 4,500-square-meter Asia Technology Center in Shanghai, China. The company said the center will enhance its application development capabilities and will provide a state-of-the-art collaboration platform to deliver innovative solutions to customers throughout Asia Pacific. Cabot said…

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Malaysia’s natural rubber output in August increased by 11.1 %

October 20, 2017
Malaysia’s natural rubber output in August increased by 11.1 %

The Department of Statistics recently announced that Malaysia’s natural rubber production in August 2017 increased by 11.1% to 61,252 tonnes against 55,121 tonnes in the previous month. The department said in a statement today, the main contributor of natural rubber…

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Michelin buys Lehigh Technologies

October 20, 2017
Michelin buys Lehigh Technologies

French tyre maker Michelin  has acquired Lehigh Technologies, a specialty materials company. Lehigh Technologies uses patented cryogenic turbo mill technology to transform rubber from end-of-life tires and industrial goods into materials for new tires and other products, reducing the amount…

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Dow Performance Silicones introduces the high-performance Dowsil to the market

October 19, 2017
Dow Performance Silicones introduces the high-performance Dowsil to the market

Dow Performance Silicones, a global business unit of DowDuPont Materials Sciences division, has introduced a new product brand name, Downsil, for its heritage Dow Corning high-performance silicone-based building products. The new Dowsil product brand name represents the combined power of…

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Desma celebrates company’s success with open house, plans goals for the future

October 19, 2017
Desma celebrates company’s success with open house, plans goals for the future

Machinery builder Desma recently celebrated their success in the industry with an open house held last month. 500 visitors attended the international industry event on September 27th and 28th. The event focused on cutting-edge topics regarding the development and integration of…

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MARGMA: Export of surgical gloves estimated to bring in RM16.2 billion in 2017

October 19, 2017
MARGMA: Export of surgical gloves estimated to bring in RM16.2 billion in 2017

The Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (MARGMA) expects the total export of medical examination and surgical gloves this year to reach almost 150 billion pieces and bring in estimated revenue of RM16.2 billion. President, Denis Low Jau Foo said in…

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Top Glove to go on a RM 1 billion spending spree; to announce biggest takeover yet

October 19, 2017
Top Glove to go on a RM 1 billion spending spree; to announce biggest takeover yet

Glove-maker giant Top Glove has announced that it will pursue a RM 1 billion spending spree to fuel earnings growth and keep its investors happy. Executive chairman Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai said the company is about to announce what…

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Seacera wins RM213 million sub-contract works from Koridor Padu

October 19, 2017
Seacera wins RM213 million sub-contract works from Koridor Padu

Seacera Group Bhd has accepted a Letter of Award from Koridor Padu Sdn Bhd for sub-contract works for the construction and completion of Rubber Research Institute of Malaya’s Centre of Excellence in Sungei Buloh, Selangor for RM216 million. In a…

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Cambodia’s rubber export increases 33%, earns US$192 million.

October 19, 2017
Cambodia’s rubber export increases 33%, earns US$192 million.

Cambodia’s rubber exports has seen an increase of 33 % in the first nine months of 2017, while the average price for the commodity went up 53%, compared with the same period last year. From January to September 2017, Cambodia…

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