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A year of safety recalls

A year of safety recalls

The automotive industry has been up against challenging episodes in the outgoing year of 2014, and not only with vulnerable sales and production woes. What has tainted its rosy prospects is...

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Guayule rubber in full throttle

Guayule rubber in full throttle

Finally, the development on the guayule shrub as a rubber alternative has come full circle, with tyre giants starting to roll out tyres made from the much-awaited plant rubber, to reduce the ...

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Is Malaysia losing its hold on the glove market?

Is Malaysia losing its hold on the glove market?

Demand for rubber gloves will continue to grow; yet changing market needs may test the resiliency of the world’s largest rubber gloves producer, Malaysia, to remain in the lead, says...

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Asian Rubber: Thriving against rubber volatility

Asian Rubber: Thriving against rubber volatility

Given that rubber is a volatile commodity, the Asian bloc, being the world’s largest rubber supplier is not spared from the travails of high inventories, unpredictable demand, and price swings...

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Recycled carbon black to power electric vehicles?

Recycled carbon black to power electric vehicles?

Yes, the possibility of recycled carbon black being used to power electric vehicles could be a reality. Old tyres have never had it so good. In a bid to divert them from the landfills, tyres are...

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Gripping opportunities in a niche market

Gripping opportunities in a niche market

The gloves sector is facing challenging times, with demand declining and an oversupply situation expected, though Malaysia, the largest exporter of gloves, maintains an optimistic view. Meanwhile...

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Tyre sustainability with nanomaterials

Tyre sustainability with nanomaterials

Tyre demand is expected to reach 2.9 billion units or US$276 billion in 2017. With this huge demand, tyre companies weigh upon the availability of feedstock, costs of materials, as well as...

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Malaysian rubber gloves sector: Maintaining an upper hand in the global market

Malaysian rubber gloves sector: Maintaining an upper hand in the global market

The risk of overcapacity and pricing competition could maim Malaysia’s competitive edge in rubber gloves production, some analysts...

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Materials technology at play in the 2014 World Cup

Materials technology at play in the 2014 World Cup

When the 20th FIFA World Cuphas kicked off in Brazil early this June, the world is caught in frenzy. The month-long extravaganza being witnessed in Brazil has partly, if not totally, eclipsed the prep

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Rubber reclaiming gains traction

Rubber reclaiming gains traction

Increased consumption of rubber is outpacing supply, thus resulting in shortages. One way of countering this is by recycling tyres to obtain crumb rubber, a practice that is becoming a preferred....

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Rhein Chemie celebrates 125 years; highlights path taken over the years

Rhein Chemie celebrates 125 years; highlights path taken over the years

Mannheim-based Rhein Chemie, a wholly owned subsidiary of speciality chemicals company Lanxess, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Now a business unit of Lanxess, it was founded by two...

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Silicones: Jack of all trades in key sectors

Silicones: Jack of all trades in key sectors

Our modern lifestyles desire the development of sophisticated and advanced applications. A special material like silicones commands versatility in the most cost effective way and meet the requirements

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Latest Headlines

Top rubber producers approves to halt NR exports to lift global price

November 20, 2014
Top rubber producers approves to halt NR exports to lift global price

Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, which produce about 70 per cent of world’s natural rubber, agreed to cut exports from next year to drain supplies and bolster prices which are headed for a second year of declines. The reduction in shipments…

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Continental inaugurates new plant in Wuhu

November 20, 2014
Continental inaugurates new plant in Wuhu

The international automotive supplier, tire producer and industry partner Continental announced today the opening of its second plant in Wuhu — Continental Automotive Interior (Wuhu) Co., Ltd., a new addition to its current manufacturing facility in Anhui province, China. Many…

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Double Coin commercial tyres gains EPA SmartWay verification

November 20, 2014
Double Coin commercial tyres gains EPA SmartWay verification

Double Coin recently met the requirements for the US Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Technology Program for its RT600 and RR202 tyres. The SmartWay program verifies the performance of vehicles, technologies and equipment that have the potential to reduce greenhouse gases…

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Japan’s SBR production declines 19% in October

November 20, 2014
Japan’s SBR production declines 19% in October

Japan’s styrene-butadiene-rubber production in October fell 19% from a month earlier to 32,100 mt, the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association said Thursday, November 20.The October production marked a 25% year-on-year decline. Japan’s butadiene-rubber production also dropped in October, falling 26% from…

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JK Tyre forsees earnings increase led by amplified capacity

November 20, 2014
JK Tyre forsees earnings increase led by amplified capacity

JK Tyre & Industries is likely to see multiple positive triggers for the earnings growth in coming years led by an improved product mix and augmented capacity. This will lend credence to investors regarding the company’s ability to generate sufficient…

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Dunlop reveals new premium run-flat tyres

November 20, 2014

Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI), the makers of DUNLOP tyres, are pleased to announce the November 19th phased launch of “SP SPORT MAXX 050 NEO,” our new premium run-flat tyres produced using our next-generation manufacturing system: “NEO-T01,” which we developed in…

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Wacker exhibits ultrapure precision silicone film

November 19, 2014
Wacker exhibits ultrapure precision silicone film

Wacker, the Munich-based chemical group, will be introducing ultrapure precision silicone films at Energy Harvesting & Storage USA. The film is available as roll stock in thicknesses down to 20 microns. Marketed as Elastosil Film, the product broadens the application…

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Malaysian rubber rejuvenated by global demand of gloves and condoms

November 19, 2014
Malaysian rubber rejuvenated by global demand of gloves and condoms

Global demand for latex condoms and gloves is helping Malaysia rejuvenate its rubber industry that is growing competition from other countries such as Thailand and Vietnam, reported Bloomberg today. The financial newswire said that exports of contraceptives are helping Malaysia…

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Myanmar rubber plantation owners calls for compensation talks with MOGE

November 19, 2014
Myanmar rubber plantation owners calls for compensation talks with MOGE

Negotiations over compensation for land taken from rubber plantation owners by Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprises or MOGE for a gas pipeline passing through Wel-Khru Village-Tract and Chan-Ta-Yar Land, Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State have stalled, reports the Independent Mon News…

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Trat Province rubber farmers prepares for gov’t price support

November 19, 2014
Trat Province rubber farmers prepares for gov’t price support

A number of rubber farmers in Trat Province have been lining up to open new accounts at the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) in anticipation of the government’s price support of 1,000 baht per rai, with a maximum…

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International Rubber Prices
(as of 11 November 2014)

Monthly The prices shown above do not include VAT @4% on purchase and expenses towards packing, transportation, warehousing  and other incidentals


Source: India Rubber Board

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