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Asian rubber sector looks forward to yearly gains after 2014

Asian rubber sector looks forward to yearly gains after 2014

Asia is a dominant region in terms of global rubber output and consumption. The bloc accounted for about half of the global rubber consumption and close to half of the global output in 2012...

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Tyres making strides in growing Asian economies

Tyres making strides in growing Asian economies

Growing population and rising economic conditions stimulate tyre demand. Asia Pacific region is predicted to lead in scaling up tyre demand further. ExxonMobil Chemicals in its report...

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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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Latest Headlines

Malaysian state to carry out IPG programme to assist rubber smallholders

December 21, 2014

Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said a Rubber Production Incentive (IPG) programme will be carried out in January next year to assist rubber smallholders in the State. “The Government had approved allocation to carry out…

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Tyre makers in India to acquire NR 25% rate higher than Bangkok price

December 21, 2014
Tyre makers in India to acquire NR 25% rate higher than Bangkok price

Major trye makers have agreed to procure natural rubber from domestic market at 25% rate higher than the International (Bangkok) price. In a meeting with Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy, top brass of 12 leading tyre companies had approved the…

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Shandong Linglong reports European and Global growth aspirations

December 20, 2014

Shandong Linglong Tyre Co. discussed the tyremaker’s growth ambitions and the role Europe will play in achieving these ambitions at the signing ceremony of its agreement with German football club VfL Wolfsburg. “With an average historic growth rate of around…

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ATG inaguarates new off-highway tyre factory in India

December 20, 2014
ATG inaguarates new off-highway tyre factory in India

Alliance Tire Group kicked off production in its new factory in Dahej, India. The company’s third tyre plant will produce off-highway tyres for the global marketplace, ATG said. The tyremaker invested nearly $510 million into the factory and the plant…

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Continental earns German-based tyre manufacturer

December 20, 2014
Continental earns German-based tyre manufacturer

Continental AG has acquired all shares in AZ Formen- und Maschinenbau GmbH – a Runding, Germany-based company that produces tyre molds, containers, special machinery and cutting devices. The purchase includes two AZ plants: one in Runding and another in the…

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New strategies as BKT Tires charts high growth and increased presence

December 19, 2014
New strategies as BKT Tires charts high growth and increased presence

BKT Tires, which is one of the companies owned by India based Balkrishna Industries Ltd’s American group and which recently opened a branch in Brentwood, Tennessee, will adopt new strategies to complement its high growth and increased presence in the…

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Apollo launches Manchester United-branded tyres in Thailand

December 18, 2014
Apollo launches Manchester United-branded tyres in Thailand

Apollo Tyres has come out with Apollo & Manchester United automotive tyres in Thailand. The country is the first in Asia, and only the second globally after the United Kingdom, to see the launch of the Manchester United-branded tyres. Aimed…

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Kerala gov’t approves new formula to aid rubber farmers

December 18, 2014
Kerala gov’t approves new formula to aid rubber farmers

The Kerala government today approved a formula to help rubber farmers after holding discussions with 12 tyre manufacturing companies in the country. Talking to reporters after cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said as per the formula, companies would purchase…

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Mitas to test Russian dandelion for agri tyre

December 18, 2014
Mitas to test Russian dandelion for agri tyre

Mitas is planning to test its first agriculture tire made with rubber extracted from the Russian dandelion plant. The rubber from the dandelion will complement rubber tree latex in the compound for its agriculture tires, according to the tiremaker. Taraxacum…

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CMA to recall Bluestar LQ225 tyres

December 18, 2014

China Manufacturers Alliance issued a recall for certain Bluestar LQ225 size 8-14.5 low platform trailer tyres. The recall affects nearly 10,500 tyres. The potentially affected tyres, which were manufactured Feb. 24, 2013 to Aug. 9, 2014, can develop a sidewall…

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International Rubber Prices
(as of 05 December 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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